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    Continues ridgline, under & rain?

    Now that I have had a chance to play with my Superfly a little, and my continues ridge line from woopie slings. I have a question.

    If I run the continues ridge line under the tarp, does, or will rain seep/run/drip down the line under the tarp? I could see it doing this especially if the mounting point at tree is higher than where the tarp is attached. By the way, I'm using the soft shackle prussic knots attached to the rings on the Superfly.

    I'm currently using it above the tarp, it works, but I'm seeing that running it under could provide it with a little more structure, and some hanging points.

    By the way, did my first overnight hang last night. Pretty eventful, I had high winds, short downpours, some deer walked through camp, full moon, and sounded like a rabbit bit the dust to a predator. I stayed warm though in my stormcrow quilts, slept relatively well in the BB. Still getting used to it though and I'm sure I will.

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    yes water could run down and under your tarp
    i never was a fan of my RL under my tarp... when i used full RL's
    i never put it under my tarp.. but thats me

    but many ppl do and from what i know they don't have any problems with it
    i would think they have something near the tarp like a drip line... so in case water does run down your RL when it gets to the DL i will run down that and not under your tarp
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    A lot of it has to do with the ropes used nowadays. The new low stretch ropes like zing it and fling it, don't absorb water. Old school paracord and the like absorb a lot of H2O.
    I've not had rain travel into the tarp via the under the tarp ridgeline ropes.

    If it ever became an issue in a rain storm, I'd tie on a drip line.
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    +1 to what gargoyle said...under the tarp and never a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G.L.P. View Post
    yes water could run down and under your tarp
    i never was a fan of my RL under my tarp... when i used full RL's
    i never put it under my tarp.. but thats me
    I agree with GLP; my continuous RL runs over the top of my tarp.
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    Ive used para cord, & like stated above, you WILL get wet running the cord under your tarp. Soon as I can afford it I'm getting zing it or similar.
    I don't often need to use a full ridgeline under my tarp, but once the ridgeline is up, setting the tarp up is super easy & fast, so if I'm going to go tarpless, I rig the ridgeline anyway just in case it is going to rain, then if it rains, I'm under cover in seconds. If it doesn't rain, taking the ridgeline down in the morning adds about 10 seconds to my morning ritual.
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    Thanks to all the reply's. For now, I will stick to over until the weather warms up enough to get the garden hose out and test it under. I believe it would be ok, but I really don't want to be wet while trying to sleep, so I'll stick to the better safe than soggy routine.

    Doctari, excellent idea. Since I'm using the soft shackle biners, I think if I set the ridgline up without the tarp, I'll snap a couple S-Biners on to make hook up a little faster in case of a sudden downpour.

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    I've found the even easier method is "mesh snake skins" on the tarp, its already there, just slide the skins off and stake the pullouts. I use mesh as it lets some of the water drain out if you pack in the rain (I keep my tarp outside my pack).

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    I have had it happen! I go under the tarp in snow ....over in 3-season weather. Or just off of the ends of the tarp.
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    Maybe my next DIY will be some snake skins. I could see the benefit of these. Thanks tbctx.

    Thanks Shug, that makes sense in the winter to allow for the additional weight of snow.

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