Originally Posted by Faussett
Im not sure if this is the best place to ask this but Ive ordered a superfly and was planning to make some suspension for it when it gets here. But would like to have materials ready so any good tips on the cheapest and most effective suspension? Will a whoopie work for the tarp or is it only a set up for the hammock? My plan was to use parachord. The whole hammock thing is still completely new to me so these are probably some real newbie questions.
The most popular cordage for tarp use around here seems to be 1.75mm Zing-It which can be bought from some of the vendors here. Paracord, while a good all around versatile cordage, stretches because it is nylon especially when wet. It will work for tarps but Zing-it does not stretch, is less bulky and is spliceable. Others suggestions I have read that are available in Brick and Mortar stores are Braided mason line, Kite line, Planer Board line.
There are numerous ways to rig a tarp. The two ways to suspend a tarp are through a continuous ridgeline or tying the ends of the tarps to the trees. The continuous ridgeline has two options, either above the tarp or below the tarp. Each has their pros and cons. For the tie outs, the use of prusiks is popular because it allows easy adjustments while holding strong when tensioned. Dutchware makes hardware for tarps or if you like knots you can employ a variety of knots and hitches to keep things taut. There is really way too much to go into in one post but do a search in the weather protection forum using some of the key words in this post and you should find a bunch of info.