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    What's your tarp guy line/stake setup?

    Just curious, as I'm redoing mine. I'm thinking about msr groundhogs with Lawson glow wire and tarp worms. What do you use? And do you use Tensioners? Apologies if there is a similar topic somewhere and I didn't see it. Thanks!

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    Dutch fleaz on split rings on my d-rings. Lawson reflective cord. Titanium shepherd hooks which will likely get swapped out for Zpacks carbon fiber stakes. No tensioners because my tarp is made of poly, but if it was made of nylon I'd use tensioners.

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    Dutch Tarpworms on shock cord fixed to each tarp corner. Then either Lawson Glowire or more recently Atwood Reflective or Glow-in-the-dark Micro Cord attached via a Marlinspike Hitch to an aluminum stake (MSR Groundhog or Dutch's Y-stakes).

    I prefer to keep my tie-out cord unattached to either the stakes or the tarp for maximum flexibility. I carry a few 9' sections and a few 4' sections and then I can tie low or high, to stakes or trees or poles for porch mode, with just what I need, knotting lengths together as necessary. Usually carry enough for a continuous ridgeline as well (with a Dutch Hook and Wasp) but almost never set one up. Usually easier to use Dutch Stingerz on the D-rings on each end of the ridgeline.

    I'm experimenting with glow-in-the-dark lines for the foot end tie-out on the zipper side of my hammock because that's the one I always trip on in the middle of the night when nature calls and I usually don't put on a headlamp. Also need something for my hammock side tie-outs.
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    I use 4 fleaz on a continuous loop with a larkshead on each of the tie outs. I have attached some zing it to the stakes. I never felt like I was losing tension, so no tensioners, and I usually pitch the tarp pretty low so I don't trip over the lines anyways...

    Edit: Oh and some aluminum Y-Stakes

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    I use our V stakes, bit lighter than the Y's and they stack together better. For Guy lines I like to set up 1.75mm line with prussic where the prussic is on the tarps D ring and the end loop goes over the stake. Slide to tension the line and walk away. No hardware, no line tensioners.....Sil stretches to a point. Once it has stretched it won't go any further, so I pitch my tarp tight and let it sit for an hour or so and then take 30 seconds to go tension the lines again and I am done and the tarp is tight for the remainder of the time it's set up at that spot.
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    I use tarpworms and glowire. They are attached to my corners via shock cord loops. For stakes I just use Wally World Y stakes or tie to whatever is available at the site.

    I like Paul's suggestion for a no hardware option. Haven't tried that, but sounds pretty slick.
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    I am using the MSR Y stake (i think they might be the groundhogs) and paracord with a friction knot around my stakes. I also always try and tie off without them, trees or bushes to allow for more options in my pitch height

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    I use 6ft. Zpacks 1.25mm on my tie outs. I just use a Marlin spike hitch at each stake. Keep it simple.
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    I use 1.25mm Z-Line with loops tied to the ends for the stakes to go through. They are connected to the tarp via prusic knots which I can adjust the tension on from under the tarp if it starts to sag a little.

    For the ridge I have been using 1.25mm Z-Line with Dutchware titanium hooks on the ends so I can loop the line around the tree and hook it back onto itself. These lines are connected to the tarp via prusic knots as well.
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