View Poll Results: Ridgelines on Tarps, Do you think:

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  • No ridgeline would be better, just hang the tarp on the loops.

    27 32.93%
  • Ridgeline Over the tarp, I think this is better.

    28 34.15%
  • Ridgeline Under the tarp seems better.

    26 31.71%
  • Something different, please explain what you are thinking.

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    How many hang their tarps with a ridgeline?

    I was wondering what the trend is doing considering ridgelines for tarps. I am just now trying an over the tarp ridgeline, and wanted to see what you all are doing and thinking about this.
    Whether or not you are using a ridgeline, what do you THINK about them?
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    I have little experience with tarps, but initially plan on having a ridge line attached under the tarp. I like the idea of a clothesline, which I usually setup in camp anyway. And, although it may not be required, I like the thought of the ridge line helping to support the tarp,

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    I've done the ridgeline over the tarp with prussiks the last two times.
    I like it.
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    I like the ridge line over the tarp. i use something like prusik knots, but wrap it 3 or 4 times. if i could figure it out how to pt it under the tarp i probably would try that to give me a clothes line. if you know how to do this please enlighten me, i am curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbryan View Post
    I like the ridge line over the tarp. i use something like prusik knots, but wrap it 3 or 4 times. if i could figure it out how to pt it under the tarp i probably would try that to give me a clothes line. if you know how to do this please enlighten me, i am curious.
    Good idea, why not both? Over the tarp with prusics to pull the tarp taught, and a looser one under the tarp put on permanently between the tarps own ridgeline tabs. Yep, that's what I think I will be trying.
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    here is a pic of my tarp setup
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMan View Post
    I have little experience with tarps, but initially plan on having a ridge line attached under the tarp. I like the idea of a clothesline, which I usually setup in camp anyway. And, although it may not be required, I like the thought of the ridge line helping to support the tarp,
    one thing i found out when having the RL under the tarp is when it rains you will get run-off all over your hammock and gear..

    unless you get the water to channel down off the RL befor it goes down the RL that far
    It puts the Underquilt on it's hammock ... It does this whenever it gets cold

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenlespaul View Post
    one thing i found out when having the RL under the tarp is when it rains you will get run-off all over your hammock and gear..

    unless you get the water to channel down off the RL befor it goes down the RL that far
    I just started using an under RL and while I see the concern with water running down the suspension, I don't think that 1.75 mm lines will carry much water and if they did, how will it get past the prusiks that hold the tarp in place?...
    I have yet to use in the rain, so maybe that might answer my questions
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenlespaul View Post
    one thing i found out when having the RL under the tarp is when it rains you will get run-off all over your hammock and gear..

    unless you get the water to channel down off the RL befor it goes down the RL that far
    Thanks. I have heard that and plan on having a little string hanging just under the tarp for that purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbryan View Post
    I like the ridge line over the tarp. i use something like prusik knots, but wrap it 3 or 4 times. if i could figure it out how to pt it under the tarp i probably would try that to give me a clothes line. if you know how to do this please enlighten me, i am curious.
    I don't see that it would make any difference which side of the tarp the ridge line is on when it comes to fastening the tarp to it. Am I missing something?

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