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    Tarp hanging method

    I don't know if anyone has done this before but it came to me as quite possibly the best method for maintaining the tarp tension, tarp position, and avoiding extra ropes on the trees.
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    Very interesting, but the picture is not coming up very clear and I'm not sure I quite understand.

    Are you saying:
    1: hammock suspension thru tree huggers in normal fashion, but before making knot/lashing
    2: rope back to and thru tarp loop and
    3: then knot suspension rope?

    Or, are you saying to
    1:hang the hammock in normal fashion
    2: run a separate tarp line from the tree hugger thru the tarp loop
    3: tie off tarp line to hammock suspension rope

    As I read it again, I think you are saying the latter, is that correct? Or is it something entirely different.

    Also, is this theory or have you already tested this and found it to work well?

    Apologies for my denseness, thanks in advance for clarifying.
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    Took me a couple of passes, but agree it is definitely the latter. The idea is that the tarp be suspended by its own line, but affixed also to the suspension line so that when the suspension line drops with the occupant, it pulls down the tarp too.

    Not seeing any reason why this shouldn't work....could be made to work even with less cord, if instead of having the tarp cord doubling back to the tarp, you used a separate small length to adjoin the tarp corner to the suspension line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    , you used a separate small length to adjoin the tarp corner to the suspension line.

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    maybe the prussik setup that is stock on an HH?
    or a tensioner could work too.

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    sorry for the delayed response, our block lost power for a couple hours.

    the intent is the later.

    hang the hammock normally. then run a single line from the tree hugger to the tarp and down to the suspension line.

    could use a seperate peice instead. wouldn't save any line but would make the distance from the tarp ridge to the hammock ridge adjustable.

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    The other thing is as the hammock drops and pulls the tarp down with it, it also tends to increase the tension on the tarp ridgeline (with some losses due to friction at the tarp tie out loop, using a mini biner or descender ring or similar would reduce the friction losses there.)

    And yes I think it would still work with prusiks or similar to the suspension lines.

    I actually think its pretty slick idea.

    Downside would be managing drips/wicking might be more complex, and it may affect your effective ridgeline length.
    Last edited by Rapt; 11-01-2007 at 11:28. Reason: added downsides
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    i think i'll give it a try with my stock HH tarp to see if it solves the sag issue.

    if it does then when i make my custom cat tarp i'll include the little descender rings

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    Would it not put undue pressure on the lines tying the tarp to the trees by adding your weight to line that isn't designed to hold that much weight? Or would your tarp D-rings (or whatevers) fail under the strain?

    I'm not understanding the concept here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    Would it not put undue pressure on the lines tying the tarp to the trees by adding your weight to line that isn't designed to hold that much weight? Or would your tarp D-rings (or whatevers) fail under the strain?

    I'm not understanding the concept here.
    the tarp lines aren't carrying your weight. only a fraction if the downward force would be transfered to the tarp line to keep it tight despite stretch or wet expansion.

    on a hammock without a ridgeline the adjustment might be more tricky or you could use shock cord between the tarp and hammock suspension.

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    Your weight (or most of it) is still going to be supported by the hammock suspension lines. Only a very small amount is going to be applied to the tarp lines. Ideally just enough to keep it tensioned.

    By varying the length and attachment point of the tarp lines you can vary (somewhat) how much of your weight is on the tarp lines. No matter what happens it'll never be a significant portion of your weight (unless the hammock suspension lines fail.) Even 1.5mm spectra lines will support your weight so if you're really concerned use something like that for the tarp... If that unusual situation were to occur probably the tie out on the tarp would be the failure point.
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