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.

    1 1.22%
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    I usually don't use a ridgeline, but I'm thinking of putting one under the tarp. The reinforcment sounds good but mostly because I need a spot to hang my pants when they get wet.

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    When I backpack with my daughters, we use a tent, but we also bring a tarp along for rainy lunch breaks or as an extra gear storage area. Sometimes I use a separate ridgeline above the tarp, with prusiks. I usually have extra line with us anyway. It seems like there's a little less sagging along the ridge of the tarp, and it's pretty easy to just tighten things up by pulling on the prusiks.

    I don't use this method when hammocking though. I find for me, it's quicker to go with the mini biners and linelocs, and I don't get as wet during the tie-up process.

    I've never personally had issues with the stitches being effected due to tensioning.

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    Been doing under the tarp with the heavy snow........ first year doing it this way. Good, good.
    Rest of the year I just tie off of the tarp.
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    I've just gone to "ridgeline over the tarp" and so far I like it.
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    Been using the ridge line over for many years. Hang a separate line under if I need a clothes line.

    I find it much easier to hang the line and tarp separately, that way I'm not fighting the tarp and trying to tie to the tree at the same time. Especially in the wind. Now using TeeDee's reefing method - makes handling the tarp much easier also.

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    I do something "a little different".

    I basically hang just using end tie-outs, but they are 'special' -- made from paracord sheath in a doubled back loop. At each tarp end the outer loop connects to a tree tie-line while its mate faces inward, under the tarp. I can then tie a "ridge" line between the two inner loops as desired. Naturally, I need drip lines outside the tarp.

    This lets me run a 'clothes line' under the tarp. If I tighten that line, it acts like an "under" ridge line to take tension off the tarp centerline. If I flip the whole thing over, it acts like a ridge line above the tarp.

    I don't know that it really buys me anything, but it seemed the thing to do at the time.
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    Previously I have been using the Clark tarp, which I doubt would work real well with any kind of a ridgeline, over or under. But now that I have a Speer Winter Tarp, I'm considering my options. For the "over-the-tarp" style, what size line would be recommended? I'm assuming it should be larger diameter than the shock cord for the Prussik knots? Right now all I have at home is 550 para, 7/64th Amsteel and a bunch of that NER Dynaglide from the recent group buy here.
    Like Shug mentioned, under the tarp would probably be great for snow loads, in which case the Dynaglide would be fine. I would think it's too thin for the over style with Prussiks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sir_n0thing View Post
    Previously I have been using the Clark tarp, which I doubt would work real well with any kind of a ridgeline, over or under. But now that I have a Speer Winter Tarp, I'm considering my options. For the "over-the-tarp" style, what size line would be recommended? I'm assuming it should be larger diameter than the shock cord for the Prussik knots? Right now all I have at home is 550 para, 7/64th Amsteel and a bunch of that NER Dynaglide from the recent group buy here.
    Like Shug mentioned, under the tarp would probably be great for snow loads, in which case the Dynaglide would be fine. I would think it's too thin for the over style with Prussiks.

    What say y'all?
    I set mine up yesterday with the dynaglide using the "over the tarp" method. I think the dynaglide is going to be good for this. My prussics are slightly smaller dia than the dynaglide, and they held very well with 4 wraps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottybdiving View Post
    I set mine up yesterday with the dynaglide using the "over the tarp" method. I think the dynaglide is going to be good for this. My prussics are slightly smaller dia than the dynaglide, and they held very well with 4 wraps.
    Question, what are you using for the Prussiks? Shock cord?

    By the way, I grew up in Marble Falls, which is just up the road from Spicewood! I miss Texas terribly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sir_n0thing View Post
    Question, what are you using for the Prussiks? Shock cord?

    By the way, I grew up in Marble Falls, which is just up the road from Spicewood! I miss Texas terribly!
    I've got the dynaglide over and using speer no tangle for the prusiks.
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