Originally Posted by Roadtorque
If there is one thing I hate about hammock camping it's the tarp. I can hang a hammock just fine but always struggle with the tarp. I fiddle with that thing until other camp chores require my attention and the tarp stays where it is until morning. A lot of time I hang without the tarp due to nice weather. I'm wondering if the size of my tarp has something to do with it. 14x10 (which is way to long) and 5 tie-outs per side. A big part of me thinks the problems have a lot to do with the cat cut design. I know practice makes perfect (which I have done plenty of) but I need a reason to get a new tarp
I take it that you typically pitch your 14'x10' with the 14' length being the ridgeline length? If that is the case you are going to need a pretty long span between the trees to pitch it effectively. It is possible to rotate your tarp and pitch it with the 10' length being the ridge line? You could pitch it it right to the ground and have some decent head room in the tarp. Or pitch it out nice and wide for max coverage.
If you are looking for an excuse for a new tarp, one can't go wrong with any of the tarp offerings from any of the cottage vendors on hammockforums. I personally have an 11' Ogee tarp, it is pricey but the flexibility it offers and large coverage for it's weight is unmatched, IMHO.