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    Continuous tarp ridgeline and wind?

    So I hung last night under fairly windy conditions, enough that my hammock was occasionally tugged as the trees swayed from gusts of wind. I didn't need a tarp, but the motion of the trees got me thinking. When using a continuous ridgeline for a tarp, is there much potential for the movement of the trees to snap the line? The hammock naturally has some give to it, but not the tarp ridgeline. Are tensioners used? Or maybe it's not really a problem in practice?

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    Good question. I have been there and it has never snapped.
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    I have experienced some pretty big wind for extended periods of time and never experienced breakage...moral of story...go back to sleep and don't about it happening dude.
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    I'm not one of the hammock vets around here, but I'd hazard a guess that if you're hanging like most of us do with at least a bit of give in the suspension lines, it would take several inches of movement of the trunks at the height of your tree straps to put enough tension on the ridgeline to damage something. Not to mention that most likely both trunks would be 'bending' in the same direction generally the same amount...so the distance between the trunks would stay relatively consistent.

    The amount of winds it would take to move an "average" sized tree trunk far enough to put that kind of tension on your rig would probably pose a greater projectile or widowmaker threat than a chance to damage your gear because of that movement.

    My guess at least...it wouldn't be the first time today if I were wrong.

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    Ridgelines and wind

    I've hung in some very frisky breezes many times (70 knots being my record) and never had any problem with my ridgeline. Perhaps its because there is some give in the line or, as others have said, both trees blow in the same direction.
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    Could this be the spark that gets someone to make a self tensioning ridge line?

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    OK, again I'm no expert...but wouldn't a "flexible" or "self-tensioning" ridgeline defeat the purpose of a ridgeline?

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    I use 550 chord for my tarp ridgeline. It has stretch built in. That is one of the biggest reasons I use it. It takes a lot of tension off the tarp.

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    Makes sense for a tarp ridgeline...guess I should relook at the original post of the thread that I'm posting on...I was "assuming" that we were talking about the a structural ridgeline for the hammock itself.

    Thanks for reminding me...I should have been paying better attention.

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