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    Rigging A Tarp For A Hammock

    How do you tie your tarp up? In my early hangin' days, I tied the tarp ridgeline close to the tree, but the hammock line and the tarp line kept interfering with each other. A fellow hanger showed me a new way where you wrap the tarp line around the tree and back to the tarp, creating a "V" shape, which allows the hammock to run in the center, unobstructed.

    This method can be accomplished with with full ridgelines or end lines. For those who prefer a full ridgeline, you can thread the line through the attach point on the tarp (D-ring, etc.) before looping around the tree to create the "V" shape.

    I put together a quick illustration that hopefully demonstrates this technique. Just like there are multiple ways to attach a hammock (e.g., whoopie slings, Dutch clips, webbing, buckles, etc.) there are lots of ways to rig a tarp ridgeline (full ridgeline under/over; end lines; clipped to hammock line; toggles, knots, prusik loops, etc.).

    With the "V" method, the hammock can move side-to-side without interfering or colliding with the tarp.

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    I do it your way-- from now on...

    Thanks for teaching.

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    That's a great illustration...what software did you use for it?

    I do it that way most of the time...I just wrap the cord around the tree, then trucker's hitch it to the D-ring. It ends up separated just like your illustration. I used nite-ize for the first time last trip and I'll probably keep using them...just a bit more convenient than the trucker's hitch in normal conditions, but when my fingers are really cold or the trees are too far apart for the trucker's hitch on the D-ring, it'll be a lot better.
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    The Vee method sure makes sense...especially when so nicely illustrated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    That's a great illustration...what software did you use for it?
    Adobe Illustrator CS4


    Other knots and/or methods work fine to achieve the "V" shape, some are simpler than others (like the figure-9). Great ideas!

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    Thanks for doing those illustrations. That was very helpful.

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    Oh! I get it now!
    Thanks so much for posting these.

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    I'm trying this next hang. Thanks!

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    Good idea, and well done. Thanks

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    Thanks for the info

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