As I have said . . . I am acquiring my gear slooooowly. So far . . . I have a Speer Winter Tarp. I want to use an above the tarp ridgeline made from amsteel. My thinking on this: Widow makers. I have heard that term mentioned many times. I was in my yard the other day and heard a noise. I looked around and observed a very large limb fall from a tree onto my roof. The leaves were beginning to brown and I think that I would have spotted it if I had been planning on setting up a tarp under it. But . . . I have seen limbs that appeared healthy fall from trees. I have also wondered how you might know a limb is dead in the winter? Anyway, I think an amsteel above the tarp ridgeline may one day may defend me from a falling limb. Any help would be better than none. Sound good? What do you think? My first defense, of course, is careful selection of a hanging site. Also, I would want to stay away from very large trees.
I have watched Shug's video on the subject, but he did not show how the ridgeline was attached to the tree. Do you attach it like you do a hammock with slings, or simply wrap the line itself around the tree?
One last question . . . Was the prusik in his video made of entirely of shock cord?
My progress? I will be reviewing a hammock that is being sent to me by a good friend. If the trial is thumb's up, I will be ordering my hammock next. I am pretty sure my UQ's will be Stormcrow made. I may attempt my own DIY TQ. IF all goes well, I will be equiped and ready to go by early summer 2011.