Re: Ridge lines for tarps??
Great minds think alike, (and so do ours). I use 9' corner cords
also; because it works for me and it's easy for me to measure with
my 6'arm spread. I use braided mason twine for the tieouts, very
light and strong enough. If something gives I would rather the line
break than have the tarp rip. I also use mason twine to hang my food
When I was Hennessy hanger (that's a whole other subject)I didn't
use a separate ridgeline either. Now with my side entry hammock I
use the ridgeline for ease of adjusting the set and for hanging
gear. At a 1/4oz each the ease of use make the mini biners well
worth the weight (for me). I also use two of them to hold my pad in
place. Total weight; 10' hammock, full netting, stakes, corner
lines, 4 mini biners, ridgeline and 8' x 10' tarp = 40 oz of luxury.
If the weather forecast is really good I'll use a 9' x 5' tarp and
save 6 oz.
PS - Can't make Trail Days.
--- In email@example.com, "jack_tier" <jacktier@c...>
> The set up I use, FWIW, is a 9 foot 2mm highly flexible accessory
> cord on each corner, about 1 oz total for the 4 cords...Routinely,
> do not use a ridge line....one, less weight...two, althoughtothers
> write of using ridge lines for years without wear, I believe dailyto
> use for 6 months is less than ideal for wear....Three, if I want
> dry something I place it over the Hammock ridgline, spread overthe
> bug screen ( HH), this doubles the surface exposed to air ofnormal
> hanging ( note, with poly pro clothes, the water in an item drainsof
> to the lowest point, so periodic removal and wringing out or
> squeezing this gathering water speed the drying).... Four, I know
> that 9 feet is a long side cord...but ... I have found that 60 %
> the time its length lets me tie off to a convient tree/bush etc.about
> Beside the weight of the ridge cord, my comment was primarily
> the two mini biners you mentioned in your set-up.is
> To all who ask, Why 9 ft and not 10? Personal experience, this
> what works for me...and meets my philosophy of reduce to whatworks
> but don't sacrifice comfort and reasonable convience.32
> BTW, my bear bag uses this same type cord and has been reduced to
> feet....it gets hung every night without fail...and 32 feet has
> never proved to short. ( Less than 1 oz compared to 5+ oz for 50
> feet of para cord routinely used).
> Are you coming to Trail Days?
> Jack, aka Peter_pan
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Steve" <millergear@n...>
> > Jack,
- Excellent comments, thanks to all. Amazing how much there is to flesh out in
this one very
specialized subject. Here's another point, if this duplicates earlier
posting, I didn't see it:
What I am doing this year with my open, aka "side entry" hammock, is use a
ridge line below my MacCat tarp as described, but I'm also using snakeskins on
the tarp only.
What this means is I can put up my tarp in skins, with ridge line outside
and below the skins, and have a "thick rope" only overhead, with gear in
silnylon stuff sacks and items like sandals just hanging on hooks on the line. This
means almost unblocked sky and star viewing, very important to me.
If weather moves in, I can unskin and stake out tarp in seconds. I won't
hang any sacks right over my head area, but hang them closer to the foot end to
keep a nearly clear view. I'm using the HH skins that I never liked or used
with that hammock. I put 10 foot lines on the new config, to see how that
does. Drilled holes in 4 of the aluminum Y stakes so they're captive on the
lines, can't get lost. Gettin' there!
Best, Todd in Tarzana.
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