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    Cool MLD TrailStar shelter as a tarp?

    Has there been any tests to use this as a hammock tarp.

    http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.com...roducts_id=102

    I calculated that it is long enough for Blackbird. Setup would be quite high, it can be hanged over the Hammock (no use of center pole), peak has got loop for hanging. One line from tree to tree and peak can be hanged over that from another line for example, or if some tree branch would be available, then one could use that.

    Hammock would be at the other side of the shelter, if one lets the one corner to be right side of the hammock then hammock suspension would go to the trees right about corners next to it. "Tarp" suspension should be asymmetrical to allow that to happen.

    After that there would be two corners left, one could be used as a door. And the other corner area for gear.

    With this kind of "tarp", there would be nice space to stand around under it. Actually even 36" over the hanging horizon, as the manufacturer suggest to use pole that high if the shelter is used at ground level without any ventilation opening at the base.

    But realistically hanging would be lower, and hammock suspension would form support for little A-frame type layout.

    What do You think? Give Your guestimates now, I have ordered one to test it and will report what happens. It should be here latest early next year.

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    Puffing up

    TrailStar is on our Customs. Sadly I have no time to get it until next week. But test is coming.

    How does pentagon pyramid shape work as a hammock tarp?

    We will see...

    Watch this place!

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    Success!

    Success! MLD TrailStar Shelter as a hammock tarp is SUCCESS!

    Images tomorrow, now it is dark out there.


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    Here we go

    This is one option, other one would be not to tie TrailStar to the tree at all from corner tie outs and slip the hammock suspension under tarp at the half point between corners. That would give better cover I think.

    The main idea is to have good head room at the center of the tarp where one stays in winter time and bad weather. For example putting on your jacket on is very easy under TrailStar.

    And remember this is not a true test yet but a proof of concept.











    Taunt tent line hitch with "instant open" loop to get a tight suspension of the tarp.


    And of course Prussik knot for adjustment of the center point.



























    HAPPY HANGINGS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!
    Last edited by voivalin; 12-21-2010 at 07:25.

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    Looks like a very nice piece of gear. Congrats. Thanks for the pictures.

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    Nice pictures.
    Merchants Mill Pond SP Swamp Hang

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    Hammock Hangers...taking over the world..2 trees at a time !

    Warbonnet BB 1.7 and a whole lot of other great gear from the vendors on HF

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    Nice! Definitely a workable hammock tarp, with some really interesting possibilities.

    And FWIW, I've found MLD products to be some of the best out there!

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    Interesting. Almost a tipi for your hammock if you were to build up a snow wall about the base. Thanks for posting!

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    and if he should end up caught by darkness in a place with no trees, can still use it as primary shelter with hiking pole (or use trekking poles) to hold up center point..Multipurpose!
    KM(who is deliberately not saying GTG..)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KerMegan View Post
    and if he should end up caught by darkness in a place with no trees, can still use it as primary shelter with hiking pole (or use trekking poles) to hold up center point..Multipurpose!
    KM(who is deliberately not saying GTG..)
    OR he could stake that thing out like it was intended, put a Ti Goat wood stove in it and live large.

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