4764[Hammock Camping] Re: more on the McCat Tarp
- Mar 1, 2004--- In email@example.com, "firefly" <firefly@e...>
> What method/knots/type of line were you thinking of using for theridgeline?
> My knot skills are not the best. <G>Marsanne,
Although I learned many knots in Merchant Marine school and Boy
Scouts, my standard, most often used knots are:
1. Bowline - typically for tying off the line to a loop, or grommet,
ot to make a bight (loop) at the end of a line.
2. Sliding clove hitch - works great for quick tie-offs and for
needing to freaquently adjust tension. Doesn't work great on slick
3. Truckers hitch - awsome knot to put lots of tension on a line
after it is wrapped around a tree or pole.
4. Figure eight - another quick and easy way to put a bight (loop)
at the end of a line, but not as easy to untie after loading.
So I will tie a bowline on each loop on either end of the ridge line
(Brians tarps are reinforced with gross grain along the lenght of
the ridge line) and the use a clove hitch or truckers hitch on the
tree, pole or other achor point.
As for line, not sure yet. I have ~50' of "trip tease" from Kelty
(I think), but will probably reserve that for stakes. Marine
braided masons line is highly recommend due to low/no streach.
Should be true of any polypropolyne line. I always have a variety
of rope and line haning around (pun intended), so I'm not sure what
I will be using yet.
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