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    Looking for advice on securing the tarp corners to stakes

    Hey everyone,

    I have been hammocking for several years now and have pretty much used the same set up since I started. Let me start off by saying that I am mainly hanging on motorcycle trips and a couple of family outings per year. Given that I am not overly concerned with weight but I am concerned about bulk. I've been using the Jacks R Better self tensioning lines and have them connected to some ground hawg stakes with a figure 9 binder. That being said I would like to get away from carrying all of the figure 9's if possible in order to slim down my gear. I've also been using the figure 9's for tarp ridge lines but I'm going to a whoopie slings dutch set up.....so I'm already reducing the size of my gear.

    Just looking for options on what I can do. I'ld like to stay with the JRB self tensioning lines but where it meets the stake I was hoping for some suggestions. Pics would also be great if possible. I can't hardly tie my shoes let alone some of the knots that you guys come up with.

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    i just loop the line around my stake and use these to tension

    http://hammockforumsstore.webs.com/a...s/show/1475971

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    Lee:
    Look up animated knots and look for a clove hitch. It easy to tie and will not pull loose from itself. If you have a hard time with it or can't find it I will show it to you next weekend at the Mid TN hang.
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    Or use a taut-line hitch. It will allow you to tie the knot and then tighten you tensioners like you do with the figure-9s.
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    UCRs

    I use UCRs for my tarp tieouts.

    They are fun to make, no knots, do not tangle, lightweight and super easy to adjust.

    Here they are in action:



    There are instructions galore on how to make UCRs on Hammock Forums.

    Have fun.

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    UCR = Utility Constrictor Rope

    I shouldn't assume that everyone knows what UCR means or how to locate instructions on how to make them.

    Check out this thread/video by Grizzly Adams

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ty+constrictor

    UCR covered in video between 1:00 - 3:50 and between 5:25 - 6:00 minutes.

    UCRs work fine as tarp tieouts because they are kept under tension (I use bungee cords loops at the tarp corners and tie my strings to them.)

    By the way, braided Mason's twine from Home Depot works great as UCRs.

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    I use prussic's and have never had a problem with them slipping and they are very easy to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeinmemphis View Post
    Hey everyone,

    I have been hammocking for several years now and have pretty much used the same set up since I started. Let me start off by saying that I am mainly hanging on motorcycle trips and a couple of family outings per year. Given that I am not overly concerned with weight but I am concerned about bulk.
    I use Nite Ize Knot Bone Adjustable Bungees (5mm) on my bike. Takes six of them for the AHE Toxaway tarp and sometimes tree straps to help on set up. For us moto travelers they are dual purpose. The only warning I would give is watch the tension on the ones you run to the ground. Always work like a charm for me.
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    The Marlin Spike Hitch is pretty easy and you can make it anywhere on the line.



    I also like the Pile Hitch

    Last edited by Bubba; 01-27-2012 at 12:50.
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