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    I have tried the Klemheist and they also had a tendency to lock up on me and be difficult to get the line to slide thru. I spent a whole morning a few weeks ago trying different knots on a RL in the basement and thats how I landed on the Distel hitch. It is also directional, but once tied it can be left on the RL even w/o the carabiner left on it. (Just thought I'd give a bit more background on how I landed on the distel.) HYOH & TYOK (tie your own knots)
    Last edited by Redoleary; 03-01-2012 at 18:37.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owl View Post
    I have cordage attached at either end, with a plastic Figure 9 attached to the cordage.
    The plastic ones! Really?
    I tried them once; broke both the same night. Went back to the original Fig 9s. Otherwise, this is the same way I roll. Although, if I'm being truthful, I think I've only got one tarp with Fig 9s on it anymore. I like them Tarp Flyz that Mr. Easy On The Eyes makes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owl View Post
    I don't use a ridgeline for my tarp.

    I have cordage attached at either end, with a plastic Figure 9 attached to the cordage.

    I simply take one end, estimate the distance I need from the tree, and attach it around the tree with the Fig 9. I then repeat and tension/adjust the distance on the other end with the Fig 9s.

    No ridgeline on my tarp, and it doesn't use the ridgeline/support from my hammock either.
    I have mine the same way, only I use Dutch flyz

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    I use a Valdotain Tress (VT)

    But i tie the ends with a figure 8 instead of having the loops to clip a biner into.
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    I like the prussik because you can apply tension to the tarp by dragging the body of the knot along the rigeline. One hand holds the body of the knot, the other holds the ridgeline above the tarp. Both the klemheist and Distel hitch have a tendency to not jam onto the ridgeline after being tightened in that way - they jam best after sliding in the opposite direction.

    The Valdotain Tress is a new one for me. Ill have to try that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdickenson View Post

    The Valdotain Tress is a new one for me. Ill have to try that.
    I actually use the VT on all my tarp guy lines too and can tighten them from in the hammock if necessary.
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    I fly Clark tarps.

    The ridgeline tie-outs are flat nylon/nyloc fittings with rectangular 4mm x 12mm openings. Because one of the tarps is just-right sized and I need to place it carefully over the hmmk, I went to a full length ridge-line (of 1/16" hollow Vectran) which passes through the fittings and under the tarp with one wrap on each fitting. When the ridge-line is tightened, the friction against 3 sides of the hole in the fitting is enough to have it behave just as a prussic, Kleimheist, and similar knot would, and I must grab each one and push or pull hard to move it and the tarp.

    Resistance to sliding is equal in both directions. In over a hundred nights there has not been slippage once, no matter the weather.
    Last edited by DemostiX; 02-29-2012 at 22:21.

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    I like the Klemheist for my setup also

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    Quote Originally Posted by raiffnuke View Post
    Kleimheist knots. They have more holding power.
    Thanks for the new knot ! (well new to me)
    I have never failed, I have been very Successful finding out what does Not work.

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