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    Ok maybe i missed a thread somewhere but what exactly is the advantage of this over just tying each end of the tarp to the tree with some cord (any) and using a slippery taut line hitch to vary the tightness? I can see that this could could be a tighter rope set up but.....

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    One major advantage is that it makes it easier to center the tarp. I'm sure there are others....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomsawyer222 View Post
    Ok maybe i missed a thread somewhere but what exactly is the advantage of this over just tying each end of the tarp to the tree with some cord (any) and using a slippery taut line hitch to vary the tightness? I can see that this could could be a tighter rope set up but.....
    Easier to center your tarp, gives you a line under your tarp not connected to your hammock for hanging things like clothes and whatnot.

    I dont think its superior to any other method of setting up a tarp, just another option with different possibilities.
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    Darn you -- I just promised myself no more purchases for a while, and you had to go and improve something (again).

    Next week I'll stop buying stuff.

    PM is on the way.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by BurningCedar View Post
    Darn you -- I just promised myself no more purchases for a while, and you had to go and improve something (again).

    Next week I'll stop buying stuff.

    PM is on the way.......
    Next week I may be releasing the new and improved guyline...

    Keep your wallet open a little longer!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by opie View Post
    Next week I may be releasing the new and improved guyline...

    Keep your wallet open a little longer!!
    You're killing me

    We'll there's still $28.55 left in the PayPal account that the wife doesn't know about......
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomsawyer222 View Post
    Ok maybe i missed a thread somewhere but what exactly is the advantage of this over just tying each end of the tarp to the tree with some cord (any) and using a slippery taut line hitch to vary the tightness? I can see that this could could be a tighter rope set up but.....
    As already mentioned positioning the tarp between the trees.

    Also, I find it to be much easier to pitch the tarp in windy conditions. I have fought the tarp too many times trying to get the ridge line tie out attached to the second tree while holding the tarp in my arms, i.e., trying to hold it, that silnyl stuff is extremely slippery stuff and always ended up sliding out from my arms and getting blown around by the wind, while I'm fighting to control this sail with one arm and hand while attaching the tie out around the tree and secure it. Then I have to get it positioned.

    With the ridge line, I simply string the ridge line tree to tree, wind, rain, sleet, snow is not a bother for the ridge line. I then eyeball where I want one end of the tarp and set the Prussic there and attach the tie out loop to the Prussic. I then walk to the end of the tarp which is reefed into a nice roll and slide the second Prussic and attach the second tie out to it. The wind has been absolutely no bother during this whole process. I can then start unreefing one end and staking out. Unreefing more tarp as needed.

    Between the ridge line and the reefing, the tarp is under control at all times.

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    And handling either a tarp or a real sail in strong wind is something you would prefer to do easily (relatively) and fast. Been there...done that. the faster you can do it, the sooner you can take care of something else. Remember...anybody can camp when it's nice. Things just seem to be more important to get done when the weather turns to poo.
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    Another thing I don't think anybody's mentioned yet is a full length ridgeline can act as a good fall arrester from dropping limbs and small branches.

    Not that we pitch camp under any widow makers in the first place

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiredFeet View Post
    As already mentioned positioning the tarp between the trees.

    Also, I find it to be much easier to pitch the tarp in windy conditions. I have fought the tarp too many times trying to get the ridge line tie out attached to the second tree while holding the tarp in my arms, i.e., trying to hold it, that silnyl stuff is extremely slippery stuff and always ended up sliding out from my arms and getting blown around by the wind, while I'm fighting to control this sail with one arm and hand while attaching the tie out around the tree and secure it. Then I have to get it positioned.

    With the ridge line, I simply string the ridge line tree to tree, wind, rain, sleet, snow is not a bother for the ridge line. I then eyeball where I want one end of the tarp and set the Prussic there and attach the tie out loop to the Prussic. I then walk to the end of the tarp which is reefed into a nice roll and slide the second Prussic and attach the second tie out to it. The wind has been absolutely no bother during this whole process. I can then start unreefing one end and staking out. Unreefing more tarp as needed.

    Between the ridge line and the reefing, the tarp is under control at all times.

    I've looked up "reefing a sail"
    Still not sure how you have this configured for your tarp.
    How you have it rolled or folded? tied?

    Can you show us what you mean by "reefing the tarp"???
    Thanks
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