Ok Im at a loss here, I.e., cant make up my mind. This question isnt in regards to hammock suspension but rather general line rigging for tarps, etc. I camp alot and really havent gone strictly hammock camping yet.....YET. I am in need of some general good line thats good for hanging tarps and general rigging/misc. use around the campsite. I have been using a plethora of cordage, basically whatever I have around. I have lots of paracord, some small line I bought from Wally World, some sort of yellow braided slippery synthetic stuff that I have no idea where it came from. Id like to find something that is:
relatively strong but nothing ridiculous
holds a knot well thats big a enough diameter so its easy to tie
doesnt sag when wet
Can be used for prussiks and maybe guy lines
Is inexpensive and can be found most anywhere like Lowes, home depot, etc.
weight isnt really an issue as I figure Id like to have 200' or so that I can pack into my camp box and cut to size as I see fit.That being said, it would be nice to have something that would work for all the above that I could also pack for a hike-in-hike-out hammock trip in the future that wouldnt bee too heavy/bulky.
I assume that rope with an inner core may be better for holding knots but is it?
High visibility would be great seeing as how I seem to trip over guy lines all the time.
I know this is a laundry list of expectations and Im sure no ONE rope will do it all BUT..... Polyester cord seems to fit the bill for most of these things except maybe the knot holding ability. I know I dont want nylon and maybe polypropelyene will work. I figure I need something in the 1/8"-1/4" range, probably 3/16 " would be best.
Ive been looking at some along the lines of the following:
I looked at Lowes today and saw these:
A little large in diameter but strong and its Polyester
I liked this for the size and visibility, much less strength and its polypropelyne
I know alot of people recommend zing it and/or lash it amsteel etc, but I dont really want to have to splice everything. Ill be using one of those when it comes time to build myself a ridgeline for the hammock and possibly some whoopie slings in the future. I already have some continuous loops coming from whoopieslings.com for my hammock ends.
So aaaaaanyway.....On to the actual questions (finally)
What would be your recommendation for one rope for all these things?
What would be your preferred Diameter?
What kind of working strength should I be looking at for tarp hanging? I tend to put a good bit of tension on my tarp lines but im sure im not putting hundreds of lbs of pressure on the lines.
Sorry for the long drawn out question, ha ha.