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I enjoyed your report Eay.
Using the excel with and without core is inventive and I will keep this in mind to do
new toys test hang and setting all that up in the dark too!!! Congrats are in order!!! I flat out do NOT like to get to my camp site after dark. Every single time I've had to do that, I end up picking the first thing that looks like it will work and the next morning when I look around, not 5 feet from me will be the most perfect place to hang ever. I have discovered though that no matter how badly I've chosen my spot, I still manage to have a very decent nights sleep!!
Oh, something else I've had happen to me. This only happens when I've set up quickly, again, like in the dark or heavy rain, and I don't want to get back out and adjust anything. I've found sometimes that I've set the foot end not quite high enough and to keep from doing the "curl into a ball or slid to the foot end" all night long, I simply turn around and sleep with my head at the foot end. (I've got no idea if this would work for you people that use a BB).
Question... what does that tarp weigh??? And when you had to get out and close the ends down, did you have to reposition the side stakes too?
22 3/4 oz.
That's with an over-the-tarp ridgeline with 4 reefing points, 3 long guy lines (8 feet) and 3 short lines (5 feet). The ridgeline, reefing points, prussics, and long guylines are all Marlow Excel Pro 2mm line and the three shorter lines are Zing-it.
here's a pic of one of the reefing points:
I had to reposition 3 stakes - 1 at one end of the tarp and 2 at the other end. The ground was cooperative so it was no big deal.
I've had some thoughts on how to stake it out to eliminate having to move stakes, but that will have to wait until my next test hang.
Even though I could have gotten a bit more lengthwise coverage by pitching the tarp with the 11' length as the ridge, I chose to pitch it so the sides with all the nifty tieout tabs (9 on each side!) would be on the ground. Glad I did since it made it easy to keep the wind out.