In the last couple of weeks I've studied tarp ridgelines waaaay more than I care to admit. I keep coming back to this setup. It seems to me to be the best/easiest way to do it.
Currently I don't have a CRL, just two Stingerz each with their own length of Zing It that gets tensioned around the trees. At the time I ordered that setup, I didn't realize I needed a CRL. I quickly discovered that I have to tie each sides a couple of times to get the tarp centered over the hammock. Derek, I love your system here of being able to easily center the tarp between the anchors by only loosening one end.
So now I'm trying to decide if I should order two Dutch hooks and cut the Zing-It off the Stingerz I already have and use one on two different tarps, or if I should preserve Dutch's beautiful backsplice work and just order a new Stinger and hook?
And just so I'm clear... is the only argument against using this method because you can lose tarp tension due to the silnylon tarp stretching overnight? Is that why a lot of CRL systems use Prusik's to attach the tarp to the ridgeline, so that the ridgeline itself is always taut even if the tarp isn't?
I've seen some CRL's with 5 or 6 Prusik's going to the tarp ends, figure 9's, and using knot bones on one end of the ridgeline. I understand how these systems work, but they seem way overbuilt.
Last edited by markrvp; 12-05-2012 at 11:14..
Reason: Clarify my thoughts