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    USGI Poncho QTR (Quick Tarp Rig)

    Today I rigged up a new suspension with for my ENO Doublenest. We are expecting light rain tomorrow night so I figured I would work on an expedient tarp with my handy UGGI Poncho. Here is what I used-

    50 feet of blaze orange parachute cord
    4 feet of heavy duty elastic
    4 tarp clips
    4 tent stakes

    First I put up my tarp line and secured it. Next I put the poncho on the line like a diamond to place an eyelet in line on each side of the line. Then I secured one end with a modified hangman noose using the left over from the original line. Then using another three foot piece of paracord I did the same on the other end and pulled it taught.

    I then cut (4) four foot piece of paracord and tied it to the top of my tents stakes an then made a figure 8 knot on the other end making a loop. Then I cut (4) one foot pieces of elastic and tied it through the tarp clips. After affixing the tarp clips to the poncho I joined the elastic and paracord on the tent stakes and drove them into the ground. Done.













    I was amazed with how easy this was to do and how much the poncho stretched. I don't want to hit any trails with the poncho, but I learned a lot and now I am looking for a proper tarp.- George

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    Senior Member GingivitisKahn's Avatar
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    Nice stuff. Out of curiosity, why four stakes / clips rather than just clipping to the corners in the middle?

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    I figured that along with the elastic the four points of contact plus the two ends would provide more stability.- George

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    Quote Originally Posted by mercop View Post
    I figured that along with the elastic the four points of contact plus the two ends would provide more stability.- George
    Fair enough. I have a buddy that spent most of his (Army) deployment in Germany sleeping in a hammock with a poncho rigged more or less like you have yours.

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    Nice QUICK set up George. Looks mighty fine.

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    After the tarps are sewn We can dip the completed tarps in 1:3 Silicone:Mineral Spirits...or Gasoline.. I have a BIG bucket
    Dip the tarps for a while till totally soaked, setemup, dryem out, Produced silnylon tarps at a very reduced cost...
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    I am trying to find someone. Just got four yards from http://www.rockywoods.com/ in MARPAT camo for $30 shipped for pre-treated stuff. The have some good stuff on that site- George

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    Love the new acronym... you should suggest it for the HF Acronym List.
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    When I started hammocking and was experimenting with a tight budget, and before I found hammockforums.net, I used some plastic like one would put down before painting. It didn't do very well at all and I woke up very sticky and clammy. I know now I was "doingitwrong" all over the place.



    I then migrated to using a poncho just as you have it before I got my current Speer Winter Tarp. I found the poncho to be a little small for my hammock and I'm not sure how dry I would've been, had it rained on that trip. (My hammock is just to the right of the big blue tarp)



    Now I have plenty of coverage for when I need it, and I can rig it so the doors are open if I want a little more view and it's not very weathery outside. Also, it is big enough that I can fit both mine and my fiance's hammocks under it. If I was going to solo all the time, I would probably get something with removable doors for when the weather was going to be nice.



    I am pretty happy with my tarp, but I'm sure it won't be the last one I get. I don't really need another one, but options (and gear) are always nice to have!

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    Very nice set up, I kind of went with the idea of what would be the best I could do with what I had on hand if I had to. I just ordered some material last night to put together a proper tarp. I am going to rock the poncho tonight since we are expecting rain. I took it off last night because it was clear.

    To any other FNGs reading this- go out and play with your hammock, it is amazing how much you learn just by playing with your set up and then coming back here and looking for solutions.- George

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    I was really wondering how it would hold up to some real rain. Last night I found out. It rained like it does in horror movies. Rough winds, thunder & lightening. Out of 100% I would say it was 95% dry. I slept out and it was awesome. Little wetness at the foot, but that was on me. Awesome- George

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