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    How long of a tarp ridgeline?

    Posted this on the weather protection part, but no responses, so thought I'd post the question here.

    I've got a HH Hex tarp. Stated length down the seam is 144". I bought 50' of lash-it, as well as dutch hook and tarp flyz.

    Wanting to make a separate ridgeline using the flyz and hook...trying to get an idea on how long that ridgeline should be in total?

    I'd like to use what's left for the tarp guyouts. I plan on using some shock cord tensioners and use the lash it with prussiks near the tarp for adjustment.

    How long should I make the ridgeline and/or pullouts? Thinking 6' guyouts (x4), and a 25' ridgeline, with a little bit left for prussiks.

    Thoughs?

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    I would measure the circumference on some of the big trees in your area to make sure you have a long enough ridgeline.

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    For me I tend to go with 30' for ridgeline and 10' for each tie out.

    I consistently use 25' almost everytime, and on occasion the 30' hasn't quite been enough.
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    35' CRL

    x2-6' on one side
    x2-4' on the other

    I usually also bring about 16' of shockcord. An 8' piece and a couple of 4's, for pull outs and porch mode.
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    12m/ 37ft for my tarp ridgeline-that length is usually just enough to cope with big trees or wide spacings.

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    i'm confused- nothing really new to me! are you asking about the length of the trarp's ridge? or the length of the tarps suspension length?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_gr8t_waldo View Post
    i'm confused- nothing really new to me! are you asking about the length of the trarp's ridge? or the length of the tarps suspension length?
    I believe everyone is talking about a contusion ridge-line (CRL) for the tarp. I have 30' and don't think I'd want to go any shorter. I think I have 8 or10 feet for the tie outs. I'm going to make some new ones soon but haven't decided how long I want them. I might do 4' with a eye on the end to larks head an extension on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mouseskowitz View Post
    I believe everyone is talking about a contusion ridge-line (CRL) for the tarp.
    A contusion ridgeline? I bumped my head on my ridgeline and got a contusion! Sorry but that it is a pretty funny typo for continuous ridgeline.

    In my neck of the woods, I wouldn't go any shorter than 35 feet long. You can always carry extra lengths to extend the ridgeline, but seems like having the right length is the way to go.

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    I find 30ft copes with most of my trips, if I'm short I can always extend with some spare cord, I've only had to do this twice in all the time I've been hanging though.

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    30' with 2 10' extensions with eyes on each end. They are dual purpose and serve for lashing.
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