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    Best tarp susspension system for high wind areas

    Hi all, I've been lucky enough to travel around Australia these past few weeks. I've only had to go to ground once on my trip so far, even in the desert I've been able to find suitable trees to hang from. The problem is that the desert is very windy, and my Tadpole tarp with a ridgeline and Tato tarp connectors aren't cutting the mustard in the high winds. I'm actually doubting my Tadpole tarp choice(possibly too small in inclement weather).

    Suggestions for a better way of suspending my tarp, and I'm looking for bigger tarp suggestions that preform in high winds.

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    How are you suspending your tarp now? I use 1.75mm Dyneema and some dutchware. They hold up great in heavy winds. Also the side pull outs help break the wind for me. I'm not familiar with the tadpole, but my tarp had done extremely well with this set up.

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    Oh, do you have doors? Because they help a lot in bad conditions without needing a larger tarp...

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    A bigger tarp won't solve the wind problems. Take a look at THIS thread and you will see some simple mods for a Tadpole style tarp.
    Being able to reduce your profile and streamline wind flow works well.
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    Did you get any pullouts on the TadPole?? I've set up once in high winds with my MacCat Delux (similar size and shape). I was blown around all night but this was in the middle of a thunderstorm. The choice between my tarp flapping a bit verses getting soaked was an easy one so I had it set up with a pretty steep pitch.

    Site selection goes a long way in dealing with wind. Find a place with some natural wind breaks if possible. An internal pole mod would go a long way to supporting the tarp in wind and give it more of a curved shape. If you're into DIY you might be able to harvest some suitable poles from an old tent. Here's the mod I did for my SuperFly.

    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...read.php/68630

    Good luck

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    If it is not raining or snowing have you considered not using the tarp in high winds. This sounds like the perfect situation for a covered hammock and UQP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OutandBack View Post
    If it is not raining or snowing have you considered not using the tarp in high winds. This sounds like the perfect situation for a covered hammock and UQP.
    +1 to this sentiment. I'd add a hammock sock to your equipment list to help combat the effects of the high winds while in your hammock.

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