Do you use bungee on a tarp guy out?
I've been thinking about how I want to rig the tarp. Occasionally I've seen mention of using bungee cord on the tie outs. But if the tarp is catenary cut to maintain tautness, wouldn't a stretchable cord defeat the purpose of that design?
I can see elastic used - maybe - on additional tie outs sometimes seen about mid-side of large tarps. But I'm not so sure elastic would be so effective and major corner tie outs. Or would they?
Having tripped over my share of guy lines, I thought about using some reflective line - but I could run it part way and attach some length of bungee to have both.
Finally, what length do you find useful for the side tie outs. With a tent fly it is easlier - you are usually just going to ground. But with a hammock fly/tarp, often I see the sides elevated with hiking poles, sticks, etc. So if you wanted to come out about 5 ft high and then down at about a 45 degree angle, would that require the tie out to be between 7 to eight feet?
I'm pretty solid on the continuous ridgeline configuration - either over or under the tarp. Now I'm trying to figure out the rest of the guying and if I could just buy a lot of reflective line (Kelty's - $$) or just use a short section combined with something else.
How do you do it?
Thank you for the cord suggestion
Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving me the alternative to Trip-tease. Looking forward to using that new, less expensive cord from Larson.
I am curious about the YoungBlood method of attachement. It is great if things are moving around. But the other method of attaching the shock cord (as a tied loop) more permanently to the guylines seems there would be less chance of leaving pieces behind and/or having everything together when needed.
I do plan on having a non-attached ridgeline cord that will move from Tarp to tarp. But figure I'll put guylines/shockcord on all tarps and keep them attached.
However, I can see that putting the ridgeline, guylines, line locks, etc. all in one bag keeps the tarp simpler and it just takes seconds to attach.
This is what happens in the winter - too much thinking and not enough doing. :)
But an UQ will appear soon and then I can see what it is like in the white stuff. ... Yes, I have winter stakes from my tent days.