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    Quote Originally Posted by dejoha View Post
    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.]
    AWESOME diagram and just in time (for me to run across this thread). My OES MacCat Deluxe arrived recently and I was experimenting today with how to set it up. THANKS!

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    I, too, just ran across this thread. This is just the kind of info that I love on this site! Thanks, everyone!

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    Awesome! I just pre made some setups using the prusik method. Can't wait to try them out!

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    So in this method, there's no ridge line going inside the tarp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawkinsjh View Post
    So in this method, there's no ridge line going inside the tarp?
    I've updated this illustration a few times to show both a full length ridge line and ends only, as is shown in the first iteration on the OP. With a full length line, the line runs through the clip and carabiner and runs above or below the tarp depending on your preference or conditions, and looks like a long figure-8.

    I have a few versions of this illustration on Opies website.

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    Oh okay. I gotcha. I'm kinda new to all of this in case you couldn't figure that out. Haha

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    my latest setup has dynaglide whoopies for my tarp. using the same system as my hammock. I really like the ease of using the same system for both. 1/2" strap for tarp tree huggers, and a toggle(marlin spike). To undo, just pull the toggle and the tarp comes down.
    I use a speer winter tarp. so its big, and lately I have been hanging it as high up as I can get. and using a couple of sticks for porch mode, so I can see out into the forest. Its nice to be able to stand up under my tarp without hunching over.
    If the sky is clear, and I am confident of no rain,(most nights in my area) I usually leave my tarp in the pack. That makes it even easier.
    Because you fall through the clouds if you try to lay on them, so the next best thing is a hammock.

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    I like the rope method. How much line should I have for each end? Was using a continuous ridge line but think I am gonna change. You know the drill, think twice cut once.
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    As a noobie-hammocker, I wanted to chime in and thank dejoha and everyone else in the thread...Tried the Prusik Method and couldn't be happier!
    Never cease innovating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustardman View Post
    I hate to be negative, but the one thing I don't like about methods like this is that you're grinding the line around the tree when you tighten it, and on fragile bark I've seen it sawing into the surface. I prefer to tie the line in a loop around the tree, then use that to tighten up the tarp, so you aren't moving the line relative to the tree.

    Here's a picture of what I'm talking about, using a figure 9 to tighten it. My tarp line has a loop in the end - I wrap that line around the tree then feed it back through the loop. Once it's put in place, it doesn't move around relative to the tree when you're tightening your tarp. The line is fixed to the tree and you just tighten it up to the tarp ring, using your trucker's hitch or figure 9 or whatever.

    I actually do the exact same thing...works great Mustardman.

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