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Nice job on the video. I do something similar, but my ridgeline is a true structural ridgeline for the hammock (i.e. - hammock hangs from ridgeline). The bungee on the tarp pulls it high enough that there's headroom to cook under it when it's raining, but it stretches enough that the whole tarp can be pulled down for better coverage from wind and rain at night. Still working on refining it, but I currently get about 8" vertical adjustment for the tarp.
Nice vid Shug. Hangin' Burrito and I were discussing the very same thing yesterday. The only caveat may be the threat of rain. When I don't have my 'gear port' set up I keep all my gear hung on biners under the tarp, which would then be impossible. I love the idea. Have my prussic lines with DIY sugi-tensioners ready but its just gonna rain all day here again. sob sob
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Nice video, Shug! As usual, it helps to see an illustration of the idea.
Try as I might, I'm just not seeing a big advantage of a separate tarp ridgeline that is sufficient to justify adding the fiddly factor of another bit of rope and prusiks. As demonstrated in the video, I can see some advantage to shifting the tarp lengthwise before tying it down, but I do that already in initial setup.
My tarp uses Speer No-tangle line lark's headed to the tarp's ridgeline D-rings. I can adjust tarp tension and position with small figure-9s (or just knots!).
It's easier to see advantages to snakeskin coverings or reefing ties for setup in windy conditions, but neither of those requires a separate dedicated ridgeline to work.
It's all very interesting to see and compare approaches. Among other things, it enables me to think through what I'm doing and why. If there was only one way to do things, we wouldn't have much of a forum, eh?
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I'm not sure I'm sold on the reefing yet either. But, the big advantage to TeeDee's ridge line is the ability to adjust the tarp side to side. Also, it is quick to go up. On the first tree you simply have a small loop in the end of the line. Pass the line around the tree, pull a bight through the loop and drop in a toggle. Then pull it tight to the other tree and use a trucker's hitch or
small figure 9. Mine is all together in the sack with the first loop of the ridge on top. As of right now, the reefing is slower than snakes skins would be, but the process may need to be refined.
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For sure will stick with snakeskins but this is all too much fun to fool with!!!!