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    Question about continuous ridgeline for tarps

    Hi everyone, I'm new here and relatively new to hammock camping in general.
    I'm working on getting my whole hammock rig together and I was wondering what some of the pros are when it comes to using continuous ridgelines for tarps, and what are some of your personal reasons for using them instead of just larksheading the guyline to each side of the tarp.
    Right now I just have the asym diamond tarp that came with my hennessy, but I'm thinking about buying a warbonnet superfly sometime in the near future and I was also wondering if the difference in the tarps would have an effect on the method some of you would use when setting them up.

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    I prefer a continuous for the ease of adjustability. I use a method like shown HERE, but I use a UCR in place of the flyz or stinger and just have small biners for my hardware.
    I do actually prefer to have the "V" for the hammock suspension to go thru, but that can be achieved with both continuous ridge lines and separate lines at each end.
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    Yeah, I guess having the tarp prussiked to the line would be pretty nice for moving it fr side to side. I guess I'll just have to keep playing with different ideas.

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    I just tie each end off. I have prusiks on each end of the tarp. I just secure each end to the tree and adjust via the prusiks. I find it the same as using a CRL . I don't set up with a "V" and have never had any issues.
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    I prefer the continuous ridgeline, because I can crank it really tight. Then, not only does it hold the tarp tight horizontally with prusik (SP?) knots, but it also supports the weight of the tarp, which take that much more strain off the tarp itself.
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    I like running a continuous but over the top of the tarp... I running under MAY abrade the tarp... It probably would never be an issue but one less thing to worry about... I have a small dutch hook on one end of the line it goes around the tree and back to a small continuous loop that's larksheaded/prussiced on the end of the tarp... The other end runs through the tie out out around the tree and back to a figure nine that's attached to the tie out... But that's my way... It takes more line, but that's a nominal weight cost for the ease of adjustment...
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    I keep trying a CRL, but always end up back at separate lines. I find it isn't worth the hassle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c0wb0y_hubs View Post
    I prefer the continuous ridgeline, because I can crank it really tight. Then, not only does it hold the tarp tight horizontally with prusik (SP?) knots, but it also supports the weight of the tarp, which take that much more strain off the tarp itself.
    I agree. I have torn my tarp before with just tying my lines to each end, so when I broke down and got a cuben I thought I would try and relieve some tension off the tarp. I purchased a whole set up from whoopieslings.com http://shop.whoopieslings.com/Single...are-CRL-DE.htm

    It works amazingly well, and helps me feel a little bit better about the tarp. (This link is just a little different version of the link just above, it has the lighter dutchware if you are willing to pay the extra for the weight savings).

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    There is a bit of religion in the way folks do it as in there is no clear "right" way but there are several ways that work.
    What I like is a CRL with a hook or biner on one end so I can just flip the end around a tree and hook it then feed the tarp out. That way I can slide a prussic as I start out and do a reasonable guess about where that end will go. When I get to the other end the tarp is almost deployed so I can run the line around the other tree and tie it off with or without hardware on that end. The other end of the tarp can now be positioned as I am getting stakes into the ground or lines tied to bushes or whatever. The idea is to get it up fast and solid in the rain. ;-)
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