Thanks for the nice video! Great detail!
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Thanks for the video and illustration. Loved your book too. I just made my continuous ridge line as described in the video. I went with 35'. I Also learned how to make loops, locked brummels and continuous loops! Looking forward to trying it out. Thanks again!
Last edited by CB200T; 12-12-2012 at 17:46.
So having tried this out today pitching my tarp for the first time, I noticed one thing I think I would change. I think it would be prudent to put a foot or so of paracord casing around the line as it tends to mar the tree when you re-position the tarp by sliding it along the rope and thus against the tree. I don't know if this has any long term detrimental affect on the tree itself, but it does leave a visible mark on the bark.
Thanks for posting your results CB200T.
I haven't had time to rig mine up yet but intend to soon.
Maybe the key is to keep the lines as loose as possible until the tarp is positioned where you want it. That could reduce the friction a bit.
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That's a good idea, but when I tried that I found I had to keep tension on the line in order to not have the tarp fall on the ground. I assume that since it's a thin sil-nylon that it would be best to keep it from coming in contact with the ground as much as possible. My wife brings up a great point, that if the tarp is in tarp skins, it can rest on the ground as you are loosely tensioning it. I dunno, I'll play around with it until I figure it out. It really is a cool way of hanging the tarp, just want to be tree friendly too.
I like your idea of adding a "sleeve" around the line where it wraps around the tree. It's not quite a strap, but it can take the friction, kind of like wearing two pairs of socks. I'll have to give that a try too.
The DutchWare version that I illustrated and demo'd is a bit tricker to adjust than the two mini carabiner version. With the two carabiners, you can leave the line fairly slack yet the tarp won't fall or slide off to the ground. Sliding has minimal if any friction on the tree in my experience.
Another thing to try with the DutchWare version would be to leave a little slack in the line and do a quick wrap around the "antenna" of the Stingerz/Tarp Flyz (depending on what version you use). This would lock the line in place, just like in the carabiner example, but leave enough slack in the line so you can still easily slide the ridge line (if necessary) to center the tarp. Once centered/positioned as desired, unhook the antenna, cinch the Tarp Flyz and wrap to secure.
I'm going to have to give this a try, but I think this is the answer I was looking for. Thanks for letting me ramble off an idea.
I may have to incorporate that into the video...
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I hang my superfly as in Brandon's setup video. Dutch stingers hooked on
tarp. Zing-it from each tree to stinger. done
Just got my zing-it, dutch hook and tarp flyz yesterday. I spent last night splicing everything, including making tarp tensioners.My fingers are still sore from milking the burys. This is a sweet setup! Adjustability is a snap. My wife says to me "You paid $35 for some string and a couple of hooks"?
A tree's a tree. How many more do you need to look at? ~ Ronald Reagan