Originally Posted by MacEntyre
I muddled through the problem this weekend, when wind caused the ridge of my HH tarp to flutter and make noise. The solution was to tighten it up to the stakes, bringing it down onto the ridge line.
The two things I have not done well, and need to do well in future, is to make both the hammock tie-outs and the tarp tie-outs a whole lot tighter than I have done so far, before tightening up the hammock suspension.
Exactly, and before you tighten up the ridgeline of the tarp to the hammock suspension. You will also help that tarp noise a good bit by hanging weights (a stuff sack filled with sand/dirt, or water bottles) from the hooks at the side guy outs, or using bungees/tarp tensioners of some type.
You can avoid all of these problems, as I have done, buy just buying a nice, tight tarp like a Mac Cat deluxe and hanging it to the trees. This will also give you more living room in camp. The large hammock tarps were the social gathering spots for all the tenters on my last trip!
But if you want to use the tarp you paid for when you bought your HH, and you want to keep it ultralight as some do and take advantage of the simplicity of the all in one tarp/hammock and maybe snake skin set up of the HH, it can be done. And it can be done with rain coverage that is equal or superior to all but the largest tarps, once you account for sag effect. But there are a few tricks involved, particularly when trying to get a tarp that is adequately tight after you get in. The tight tarp is just inherently easier when tied to trees.