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    tight-wad's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by skskinner View Post
    1. HOW MUCH ROPE, BRAIDED LINE OR MASONS LINE DO YOU CARRY?
    2. IS HEAVIER CORD NEEDED OR IS THE SMALLER STUFF LIKE MASON'S LINE ENOUGH?
    3. HOW MANY PITCH THEIR TARP WITHOUT A RIDGELINE?
    4. WHAT KIND OF STAKES DO MOST OF YOU USE. I just have titanium skewers.
    Thanks for your patience with this FNG. Mule
    ~ 50 ft paracord for bear bag and clothesline for wet, i.e. sweatty, clothes,especially stinky socks. Sometimes you can do both without cutting, especially if there is a bear cable already established where you stop.
    In the future Mason's line for tarps. Currently have Ed's spectra. Mason also for DIY stuff bags and other odds and ends.
    No ridge on the tarp, Ed's spectra for the tie to the tree
    Home Depot alu gutter nails (cheap)

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    Senior Member FanaticFringer's Avatar
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    Mason line on one tarp and JRB tarp tensioners on another.
    MSR Groundhog Stakes.
    "Every day above ground is a good day"

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    Quote Originally Posted by stoikurt View Post
    That's the type of people you have here. Everyone's always ready and willing to help out with answers and opinions about gear selection and usage questions.
    STOIKURT, YOU ARE RIGHT. I HAVE BEEN A BACKPACKER SINCE 1966 BUT CAMPING IN A HAMMOCK IS GOING TO TAKE A WHOLE NEW SET OF SKILLS. I'M GOING TO LOVE THIS ESPECIALLY WITH THE HELP THIS GROUP GIVES ME. MULE
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    Gen. William Thornson, U.S. Army

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    I use this 2mm stuff...http://www.knotandrope.com/flingit.htm for my tarp and bear bag. My tarp lines are already tied, I just pull tight and stake it. I carry about 35-40 feet for the bag. I use a couple of Easton stakes plus I carry a couple of "corkscrew Al stakes" as spares. I use a HH.

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    i'll add a comment about the mason line.

    i used it for tarp tie outs for several years & it was cheap, light & plenty strong.
    but there were a few negative things that continued to stand out in my mind.

    1)... it seemed to to retain water & gain noticeable weight when wet.

    2)... it seemed to loose it's stretch memory when wet, causing extra slack & sagging in the tarp on a wet morning.

    3)... if you made the mistake of tieing the wrong kind of knot in the wrong place & pulled it tight, you could forget about getting it out. of course it was cheap enough that it didn't hurt my feelings to cut it.


    now those are just my casual observations... no actual testing was done. so maybe some folks here can put those two thoughts to the test.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Headchange, I had now idea mason's twine was available in a braided version. The stuff I used to use when I framed houses was 3-strand laid, and not very strong, it used to break sometimes when we really stretched a line tight. I have to make a trip to Lowes.

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