I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I have not lived.
-Henry David Thoreau
I personally like two separate lines, one at each end of the tarp. One end is permanently tied to the tie-out, the line goes around the tree, back to a Figure 9 that is already on the line near the attachment to the tarp.
Too much line tends to get tangled. Actually, all my lines tangle - it's just easier to untangle a shorter line
I honestly didn't think this thread would get this much attention. I really appreciate everyones input. As I have said before I have been a full length ridge line guy, but with this information, I will maybe give a few new methods a try.
Seems to me, that there is no wrong way, but many right ways to try out.
I've been wanting to make a change on my tarp which would be quicker and require minimal knots for winter. I like the idea of a micro-biner on one end and then having three prussik knots on the RL. Two for the tarp for centering and one that can be used with a toggle after looping the tree and making a quick release knot for the toggle (don't know the name of the knot). Would the prussik knot hold well that way? As far as a top or bottom RL, isn't it as easy as flipping the tarp one way or the other depending on the weather or need as a clothes hanger?
Someone said something about water running in on their line and I've had that happen on my hammock lines but solved it by tying a 1"x 9" ribbon cut from a Sham-Wow cloth around each of my Whoopies.
I use side out and tarp Flyz. The flyz make adjustments a breeze and i dont have any extra cordage on my rig.
"When somebody moves something in your house, you notice it. When somebody moves something in the woods, I notice it."
-Tom Brown, Jr.