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    good tip

    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    I hike in steep mountains a lot. so, I use 6' lines on one side of my tarp and 10' on the other. I then mark each end of the ridgeline (short/long) so that I know which side is which before I pull the tarp out of the stuff sack.

    I set my tarp so that the long tie-outs are facing downhill. They need to be longer because I am "chasing" the slope downward as I set the stakes out from the tarp. The opposite is true on the uphill side.
    That's a really good idea. I guess the long side could also be the " porch",if you are on flat land.

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    I always just stretch my arms out as far as they go and that's how long my linee are. I never measured them but I'd guess 6 to 8 ft. They always seem to be long enough even with the hiking pole porch setup. That's always been my barometer...long enough to set up the porch.

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    I have 4 lines (of 2mm dyneema) permanently attached to my tarp (overhand knot on the end then larksheaded onto shockcord loops) which are each 2m (~6.5ft) long, which to date has been plenty long enough. I do carry extra cordage so if needs be I could always extend the lengths.

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    I start with a 10' piece and splice eyes on each end, so they prolly end up 9'6"-ish.
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