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    Benefits of ridgeline over tarp?

    I currently use a line at each end of my tarp with figure 9s. I have seen some using a ridgeline over the tarp with the tarp suspended by prussiks (sp). Is there any advantage to this?
    When it goes over their heads, it really doesn't matter how high it is.

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    Its what the cool kids are doing...


    Well, I think, they do it because it is "easier". There is another thread somewhere around here on this very topic. Probably in this section.

    Found that old thread...here..
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    I like it because you can adjust the tarp to center over the hammock without having to re-tie the tarp's suspension.
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    I appreciate the reference but it really didn't answer my question. I think Shug had some reference to this in one of his videos (excellent and entertaining as always). My question is why would I use a ridgeline, over or under, at all. What makes it better than just attaching the ends of the tarp directly to the trees using figure 9s.
    When it goes over their heads, it really doesn't matter how high it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amac View Post
    I like it because you can adjust the tarp to center over the hammock without having to re-tie the tarp's suspension.
    Good point.
    When it goes over their heads, it really doesn't matter how high it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gstepclassical View Post
    Good point.
    For me, that is the BEST point!
    I also use the ridgeline under the tarp as a clothes line to dry stuff...not much of an option if the RL is over the tarp
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    Using a ridgeline also puts less stress on the tarp.
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    And you have 30' or so feet of cord should an emergency arise.
    I am not a gram weenie. , But Im starting to see the merits!!!

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    I use a full ridgeline because it's easier for me to set up and because it gives me a nice line to hang things from. Especially good when I need to dry clothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbmcghee View Post
    Using a ridgeline also puts less stress on the tarp.
    How's that? If I have to pull my tie-outs with 25# of force, does it matter if it is coming from a Prusik or a 'biner?
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