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    Tarp cords cause tree damage?

    Hi,

    I'm making my first tarp, and since I'm new at this, I'm wondering if a tarp's line wrapped around a tree can cause damage, or if tree bark can damage the ridgeline/suspension?

    I can imagine that a high wind might be the only threat, but thought I'd ask the collective if you've noticed bruising from tarp lines around the tree?

    I have enough strap material to make a set for the tarp, but would like to avoid that if possible.

    Thank in advance for sharing your experience. I hope you never notice where I set up my gear once I've gone!

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    I've never noticed any problems and can't recall reading about any. It seems the majority of people just tie their tarp ridgelines directly around the trees. I don't think there would be enough tension from the tarp to cause issues.
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    I have noticed damage on every tree I have ever tried to hang from. This includes:
    Maple, Oak, Walnut, and a couple of different types of pine.

    After this season I will only use huggers with tarp ridge-line.

    A few notes for full-disclosure:
    I use the 2.0(?)mm green Dynaglide/Zing-it/Lash-it, and string it "bango-twang tight".

    I wrap one end around the tree and connect back to the line with a biner. The other end goes around the opposite tree and is then lashed through a Dutch-fly.

    My tarp is then secured with Fig-9's and prussics.

    When I am attaching the line I am very careful not to 'saw' into the tree, but the pressure I achieve still digs into the bark.
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    Here's an idea you could try if you have access to oxygen line like used on a fish tank, CPAP, etc.
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    With the TARP, I've never noticed any damage, even on my VERY soft barked Ginkgo trees.
    With the Hammock, even with 1" webbing, my usual hanging trees in the back yard are starting to show some damage after years of use, so I picked a few more pairs to spread out the "Love".
    BUT, except for the Ginkgo (that I will never tie to again) I have never noticed one use damage from either my hammock or tarp suspension. AND, my usual tress show no signs of wear & etc where I hook in the tarp, which is usually about 8" above or below the hammock suspension, depending on many factors.
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    i have seen where it looks like my tarp line (and tree huggers for the hammock) seem to leave an indention in the bark of the tree when i first tear down camp. But i always check again right before leaving at by that point there is not a visible enough mark on the tree to know i had hung there. it seems as if the bark gives way under the pressure but bounces back when the pressure is gone. This has just been my experience. i've noticed it on oak, maple and pine trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    Here's an idea you could try if you have access to oxygen line like used on a fish tank, CPAP, etc.
    I like this idea of using the oxygen line and I just happen to have some

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    Here's an idea you could try if you have access to oxygen line like used on a fish tank, CPAP, etc.
    I've never noticed any damage from my tarp lines, I use 1/8" poly line.

    Another alternative is to place a couple small sticks vertically between the tree and your tarp line, to hold the line away from the bark and spread out the remaining pressure.

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    i use zing-it, but was asked by a ranger to use tree straps. he was nice about it. he had just got everybody in other sites to take down cloth lines.
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    This is what I have been doing lately to help reduce the sawing action of tightening the tarp ridgeline around the tree. I found that it allows the line to slide on the tree without digging in as much as it was before. I Wasn't finding much damage before but with all the talk awile back in the thread "abandoning tree straps" I wanted to take it a step further and help protect the tarp line as well. It is simply just small tubular webbing around 18" long slipped over the line were it goes around the trees.

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