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    Tarp suspension

    Do you guys attach your tarp ridgeline to the same tree straps that your hammock hangs from? Or is it better to have a separate set of straps for the tarp?
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    Most folks don't use straps for tarps....there are a few that do but separate would allow for a better set up of the tarp.
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    I've seen a couple of posts about using straps for your tarp ridgeline but I'm pretty sure that most people don't use straps since the tarp isn't supporting body weight. But if you decided to use straps, you'd want a separate set since the tarp is usually attached lower on the tree than your hammock.

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    Go separate. This allows more flexibility to hang it hit to catch a breeze or low to hunker down in a storm. Also, attaching your tarp to the hammock suspension, complicates the lay of the hammock.

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    Video illustrates it best

    Here is an interesting youtube video by a well respected hammock "expert" that may illustrate some of the challenges of using the same suspension for both:


    I have done this, but prefer to be able to set up the tarp first if it is raining at setup or takedown and if no rain I may raise the tarp way up high on the trees to provide a better view and more air circulation in hot weather. Mostly it is just personal preference, I have done it both ways many times.

    Also watch his video on drip lines it is very good. Derek is "the man".

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    Awesome! Thanks a lot for all of the replies!

    That brings me to my next question,, do you guys use a second set of whoopies for the tarp? Seems to me that would work great.
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    I have done that it works, (2nd W.S. set) but consider a Continuous Ridgeline look for sticky thread, I'll search and post if I find some for you. look at Derek's video on tanto ridge line adjustors and also prussic etc.. will search and edit

    Edit: Derek's CL thread (note there are many variations to this, NOT just one right way).

    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...eline-Examples

    What I am suggesting is that the Dutch ware makes it very fast and easy but you can do it with just knots and hitches to save weight and $. If you are a survivalist you will always want to know how to do it with less just in case. Therefore the importance to learning to use minimum "diamond" tarp with same suspension as hammock etc. Not everyone's idea of a good time is a "special forces" boot camp.
    Last edited by ntxkayakr; 07-29-2014 at 17:47. Reason: edit: add CL link

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    Whoopies don't work well on a tarp. They don't adjust easily under tension.
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    I have straps for my tarp, but I don't always deploy them. They do hang from my line if needed. If a ranger doesn't like my setup, I put them on so there are no problems.

    That said, I keep them separate. I don't have to cinch the tarp RL tight, as if they were connected, to keep the tarp off of me. Also, I do like the adjustability to move the tarp higher for standing headroom down to no distance from the hammock RL for storm mode and everything in between.

    I also don't recommend whoopies. All you need is a simple connection on each end. A Dutch hook on one end, no strap, or a Dutch biner, with strap, will be fine. Then a Dutch Fly or wasp for the other. You can substitute anything for the hardware that works for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ntxkayakr View Post
    I have done that it works, (2nd W.S. set) but consider a Continuous Ridgeline look for sticky thread, I'll search and post if I find some for you. look at Derek's video on tanto ridge line adjustors and also prussic etc.. will search and edit

    Edit: Derek's CL thread (note there are many variations to this, NOT just one right way).

    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...eline-Examples

    What I am suggesting is that the Dutch ware makes it very fast and easy but you can do it with just knots and hitches to save weight and $. If you are a survivalist you will always want to know how to do it with less just in case. Therefore the importance to learning to use minimum "diamond" tarp with same suspension as hammock etc. Not everyone's idea of a good time is a "special forces" boot camp.
    Excellent video! Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    Whoopies don't work well on a tarp. They don't adjust easily under tension.
    Thanks, I wasn't thinking about the tension on the tarp!
    Adahy

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