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    Guyline anchoring for tarp in winter

    I have had good luck with my guyline set-up for 3 season hiking but I need a new method for winter.

    Presently I have prussic knots attaching the tent stake to the guyline which is attached to the tarp via a larkshead. In 3 season, just plant tent spikes and tension with prussic knots until the shockcord section has some stretch in them.

    This works great when I am ok with the tarp being 10-12" off the ground but in the winter I want the tarp touching the ground or as close to the ground as possible.

    I have been building snow walls to cover that gap but that is getting old.

    I think I need a set-up that allows for a deadman anchor [made from a stick or tent spike] to be placed under the snow with adjustment at the tarp side to pull the tarp down from that end of the guyline but then I don't have anty self tensioning....

    I feel extra stupid, this must be simpler than I am making it out to be.
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    Just put a prussic loop through your tarp tie-out and prussic it around your guy-line. Then, you can just slide the prussic up and down the guy-line until tight.
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    i agree with MAD777 attach prussic to tarp. tie a fixed loop on the opposite end of your existing guyline to attach to the stake. shockcord end to stake for 3 season and fixed loop to stake for cold or bad weather.

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    Tarp in the snow

    Tim,

    How about stomping out a narrow trench (with snowshoes / skis) for the side edges of the tarp? Alternately, you could stomp out a larger platform for the entire tarp area, but the tarp could be attached at the base of the snow wall so as to provide a wind break. You've likely used stick stakes that can be buried + compressed in the snow for a very firm hold on the tarp lines.

    I have prussik knots for tensioning my ridgeline, so once the tarp lines are set, the ridgeline can be further tensioned a bit more for optimal tightness.

    What kind of insulation do you use on your JMB? I've slept down to 6 degrees below in mine with an Exped 9 Downmat.

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    Thanks for the help

    Just reverse the attachment points, will try that.

    Quote Originally Posted by doheir View Post
    What kind of insulation do you use on your JMB? I've slept down to 6 degrees below in mine with an Exped 9 Downmat.
    I use a z-rest in the pad sleeve to add some structure to the bridge.

    I have a Hudson River and an Old Rag Mountain that see duty as TQ and or UQ depending on the season

    I have been trying to determine how low I can get with both the HR and ORM doubled up at UQs. So far about minus 7 deg F but I know it can go a lot farther.

    Thanks again.
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