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    Benefits of a continuous ridgeline?

    I have seen tarps run with ropes on either end that connect individually to the tarp or a continuous rope running under the whole tarp.

    What are the benefits of running a continuous tarp ridgeline? Will I harm my tarp (Wilderness Logics Big Daddy) by only tying off ropes to each side to connect to the trees?

    In case I want to run a continuous, I have 25' of amsteel coming, is that going to be too little?

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    IMO the continuous RL is more stable and supporting than the double. A double will work fine on the BigDaddy because that is how I did it until I seen the other way. Amsteel is over kill for that. Most use Zingit or Lashit which is the same dynema fiber as amsteel but smaller diameter and lighter. Marty at WildernessLogics should have some Lashit at his shop. You can email him to see.

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    25 feet should be enough but that is a waste of good amesteal when cheaper chord works. I use parachord.

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    A crl can make it much easier to adjust your tarp. Check out the tarp line video on this pagevfor details.
    Summary: hang the crl then attach tarp with prussiks and slide to adjust.

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    +1 Shumway.....I'm too lazy to keep messing with the lines. I just hang my CRL, attach the tarp, then slide it back and forth a bit to the right spot and stake it out. Done....

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    I find it quicker - a bit more manageable - and much easier to adjust the tarp.
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    Benefits of a continuous ridgeline?

    It's a trade off--like anything else. A continuous ridgeline might give you a tighter ridge with less sag (You can really pull on a continuous line as you draw it tight---much harder than I would dare do to a tarp with two ridge tie-outs.) I use a continuous ridgeline with my tarp attached to it with klemheist knots so I can slide my tarp directly over my hammock.

    On the other hand, some people worry about the friction of a continuous ridgeline on the tarp and it causing undo wear. Also, in theory, two shorter tie outs weigh less than a continuous line. Your choice/you can't go wrong!
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    I agree with the benefits listed above.

    In addition, it allows the option of using snakeskins or similarly attaching the tarp to the CRL. The tarp is setup, adjusted, and ready to go, but can be rolled back into the skins for sleeping under the stars. If the weather changes, it can be deployed very quickly.

    Of course the next question that comes up is whether to put the CRL above or below the tarp. There are many threads on that topic as well.
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    Recently I have been just attaching the ends of my tarp to the trees. I have the cordage from each side set up so they can be adjusted easily so centering it over the hammock is just as easy as when I used a CRL. I also use snakeskins with no issues so far. YMMV.
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    I use both systems. Specifically, I use the CRL on my larger, heavier rectangular or square tarps (ie the GG 12X12, and DD 3mX3m), and the two part set up with the smaller, lighter tarps (ie HH sil hex, and HH stock tarp).
    It really comes down to the larger heavier tarps being used along lines that don't always follow the seem, and wanting the additional support of the CRL for that reason.
    Additionally, I often leave the section under the tarp (on the CRL) with a bit of slack to employ as a clothes line during the day when the hammock is angled out of the way of the "floor" space.

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