15613Re: Latest Brain Squeeze, Strap Stake Pockets.
- Sep 3, 2006Good idea, guys. May I suggest further evolution, what I have on my
Make the stakes captive on the tie lines. I use Y stakes figuring
what good is a skewer in real wind. Line is just threaded through a
hole and knotted. Can't lose the stakes, they are always on the
Sew the stake pouch along or under a ridge line tab, and stuff the
stakes in there. I use tautline hitches on the free ends so I can
shorten the lines to the tie tabs and avoid tangles.
I use a full ridgeline tied to the end tabs, running underneath the
canopy of course, not for support, but so I can hang stuff off this
I put those unused HH snake skins on the tarp tie out lines, and
slide them over the whole thing, making a "fat ridge line" looking
like a real snake.
This whole package coils up in my pack ready to go, if I need rain
pro. Often I put it up over my Speer hammock and don't unfurl it.
It's just there, a fat rope overhead. I have the ridgeline under the
tarp outside the snake skins, so I can still hang gear off it. (Real
important, since anything loose in the hammock instantly migrates
underneath the human body.)
It weather comes in, just pull back the skins, yank the attached
stakes out of the pouch, stomp them in and tension it up. Done. This
takes as little thinking and rummaging through pack as possible. And
it's complete, nothing to add, lose, or forget. Perfecto for me. Very
important as this is literally survival gear, too.
Best, Todd in CC.
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