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    hey guys shug noticed that my ridge line was to tight how do I prevent that. The trees I was connected to were about 18 to 20 feet apart. The connection were about 6 1/2 to 7 feet off the ground. Not sure what I'm doing wrong.

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    I use aluminum Shepard style stakes. Different stakes have advantages and disadvantages in specific soil conditions. I think the aluminum Shepard style stakes are more middle of the road, they aren't the best for any of the more troublesome soil conditions but they aren't a disaster for many conditions either.

    There are a couple of things you can do with them to help. First attach the guyline to them using a clove hitch. There is a 2 loop technique that is very quick and easy to tie once you master it. It easily releases by sliding it down and off the smooth shaft of the stake. The advantage of the clove hitch is it stays on the stake until you want to remove it and that helps you keep up with the stake, especially when you drive the stake below the surface.

    Second, aways slope the stake when you insert it into the ground so that the tarp doesn't easily pull it out. Slope it away from the direction of the guyline it is attached to.

    Third, in loose soil drive it beneath the surface with your heel. That will increase the holding power as you also compact the soil some in the vicinity that it is driven in to. You can pull it out with the free end of the guyline.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GOLFER View Post
    hey guys shug noticed that my ridge line was to tight how do I prevent that. The trees I was connected to were about 18 to 20 feet apart. The connection were about 6 1/2 to 7 feet off the ground. Not sure what I'm doing wrong.
    First thoughts would be to leave some slack in the suspension lines.
    What kind of set up are ya usein?
    if that wont work with the lay of your Hammock ya might want to add a few inches to the ridge line.
    some one with morte experience may have a better Idea.

    Great video, awesome helper
    Pawfoots job is to remember things I forget to!

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    all secure in sector 7 Shug's Avatar
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    hey guys shug noticed that my ridge line was to tight how do I prevent that. The trees I was connected to were about 18 to 20 feet apart. The connection were about 6 1/2 to 7 feet off the ground. Not sure what I'm doing wrong.
    Hey Ty,
    I laughed at the "prompt" your filmer gave you .... "the yellow line...."
    As to the ridgeline I really did not mean that you had it too tight on the video but in general you do not need it super tight. Only mentioned that as you had mentioned the thickness and and strength of it.
    Your system looks good to go.
    What sleeping bag/quilt are you going to use?
    I like that stove!
    Are you using an SPE 'cause that would definitely get you through the night with 2 pads.
    I look forward to you getting out on the trip and hearing the after-action report......
    Shug
    Whooooo Buddy)))) All Good in the Backwood Hood.

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    Senior Member GOLFER's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    Hey Ty,
    I laughed at the "prompt" your filmer gave you .... "the yellow line...."
    As to the ridgeline I really did not mean that you had it too tight on the video but in general you do not need it super tight. Only mentioned that as you had mentioned the thickness and and strength of it.
    Your system looks good to go.
    What sleeping bag/quilt are you going to use?
    I like that stove!
    Are you using an SPE 'cause that would definitely get you through the night with 2 pads.
    I look forward to you getting out on the trip and hearing the after-action report......
    Shug
    thanks shug! The one with the camera was my youngest daughter she was ever so kind to help old dad. The sound is a bit messed up when she zoom in and out. The ridge line is a 4mm thick climbing grade rope. I got it at EMS. They had one that was 3mm but it's tensile strength was almost half of the 4mm which was 1034. Not sure about another one that's stronger! Now that I'm getting the blackbird everyone wants this one. Not!!! Nothing like the first one , know what I mean. Hammock that is first hang! Put a lot of time into it. As far as the stove I love it but it's 2 lbs without fuel. Has a lot of options though that's why I like. Can't wait to get out on the trail .told the little women I'm definitly staying out a night or two where I hunt cause this looks like a good way to relieve stress. Plus to test equipment plus test meself.
    As far as an SPE ah what's that?

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    all secure in sector 7 Shug's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by GOLFER View Post
    As far as an SPE ah what's that?
    For ultimate pad use.....http://www.speerhammocks.com/Products/SPE.htm
    Check it out Ty........
    Whooooo Buddy)))) All Good in the Backwood Hood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    For ultimate pad use.....http://www.speerhammocks.com/Products/SPE.htm
    Check it out Ty........
    thank you again shug!!! That looks like what I'm buying next. Hanging out at HF can feel like toys-r-us what do I need let's see oh I need that and this ECT...

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