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    all secure in sector 7 Shug's Avatar
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    Added End Flaps To My BlackCat Tarp

    Here is the current "post holidaze" project that I have been dinkin' around with. When I went on my 3 day trip in November I had the strong wind blowing thru my tarp on a 14o night and decided that I need flaps for Minnesota weather in Fall/Winter. Was inspired by a thread from T-Back that is somewhere in this hammock forum. I am really wanting to test the limits of hammock camping here in the winter. Got a GoLite Hex 3 for Christmas from my dear wife for winter and will use it if I go with a partner/bro-in-law but usually I go solo and have just really not wanted to ground sleep. Hammocks... oh so comfortable!
    I have included pix: One with the flaps at max width where the velcro holds them closed. This offers the most room. Also some with the tarp in a tighter pitch. As I was constructing them I realized that at times I may need to "snug" it in a bit or may not be able to deploy the tarp at full width. Came up with a "hook & line" option that works terrific. Made some loop/tie outs for the flaps and added some to the seam on the inside and out and they hold the flaps closed in a narrow or snug pitch when the velcro won't work. Of course the option is there to connect the velcro and just stake the flaps out beak-style. The "hook& line" works very easily for opening and closing the flaps from inside or out.
    Also used some Ed Speer orange cord for tie backs for the flaps. Getting very excited to try this system out and am planning a 3 night trip Jan. 3-5 in North Minnesota, probably the Superior Hiking Trail in the Finland, MN area. There are some great, not to hilly sections that afford wonderful winter vistas. Also Crosby Manitou State Park is in that section and is a backpack only park with some of the best sites and I love the forest in there. Very un-maintained! Just the way I really like it.
    That is my report. Hope all of you are happily hanging somewhere tonight.
    This is truly a helpful and insightful forum. Thanks for all your enthusiasm...
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    Senior Member Iafte's Avatar
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    Looks great, enjoy your trip.

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    Looks good. Take lots of pictures during your trip. I enjoyed the pics from your last trip...


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    I like the versatility you incorporated into the flaps with all the roomy/tight/rolled up options. Have a great trip.

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    That looks great - I had a similar idea, but no talent, so I purchased a Speer Winter tarp. It doesn't quite measure up to what you made, but I can live with it. I have a sewing machine errr... gear fabrication power tool, but haven't begun to master it yet. Someday.

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    wonderful! This kind of thing has been much on my mind of late.

    I've been working at adding doors to my JRB 11'x10' tarp for closing off when my bridge is inside. (Just in case it is windy and cold at Mt Rogers in a few weeks )

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    all secure in sector 7 Shug's Avatar
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    Thanks-a-bunch for the nice comments everybody.
    Hey Grizzly, wish I could do the Mt. Rogers deal. Have backpacked that area. One of the two buddies I sent hammocks to lives in Evington, VA and I advised him to bring his hammock/tarp and learn a few things from all you fellers. He may make it. And he is excited to try hammock camping.
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    That looks sweet Shug
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    Thanks-a-bunch for the nice comments everybody.
    Hey Grizzly, wish I could do the Mt. Rogers deal. Have backpacked that area. One of the two buddies I sent hammocks to lives in Evington, VA and I advised him to bring his hammock/tarp and learn a few things from all you fellers. He may make it. And he is excited to try hammock camping.
    Shug
    nice work. i see no reason why it wouldn't work just fine.
    send your friend an invitation from us at HF. we'd be glad to have him join us.
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