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    MacCat pole mod

    I was looking to create more room under my MacCat and came up with this idea. I stole the pre-bent shock corded aluminum pole from my old REI Sololite tent (ground dweller days)and was happy to see that it fit the required dimension within 1 inch. A center tie ribbon at the ridge keeps it straight. The Leki's work well to create an awning...really opens it up.


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    Sweet. As usual, nice job! What's the weight of the pole?

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    I'll have to weight it!! It's quite light. Stay tuned. Having troubles moving pictures. See my gallery for more pix.

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    Very nice! I think putting a pole in could increase structural stability. It is definately sexier looking than using side tie-outs! You could also combine the two concepts of using side tie-outs and the pole by using the Sierra Designs Gripclips which have the SD Swiftclips on them for clipping to a tentpole.

    http://www.rei.com/product/358090

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    6 ozs. Not too bad.

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    I have a small gear pocket bag I'm thinking of suspending from the pole using the gripclips you mentioned. I don't like to use the one on the HH ridgeline. I don't want to add too much weight to the pole, but believe it can handle a small gear pouch for small items, headlamp, keys, wallet, etc.

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    Sweet setup.
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    Looks good. I know that Dutch was doing something very similar with his tarp up at Mt. Rogers last winter.

    I found a "left behind" tent pole at my last campsite and was playing around with ways to use it like that too. The tent pole I found was just too big and bulky to deal with. It didn't bend enough to fit the tarp shape.


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    Yeah, Dutch showed me his idea at the MAHHA hangout using two poles, one at each end. He's a creative guy. I went with one pole in the middle....only had one pole to work with and didn't feel like buying another. Different, but believe will still provide the advantage of more room I was looking for.

    I'm hoping the one pole concept in the middle will also allow me to alter the end tieouts in a "hunkered down" mode during bad weather. Have to see how that goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Questions View Post

    I'm hoping the one pole concept in the middle will also allow me to alter the end tieouts in a "hunkered down" mode during bad weather. Have to see how that goes.
    Yah, that's a good idea. I'd like to see this tarp in Hunker/Bunker mode myself!


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