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    Red face A Christmas Question for habitual hammockers

    Hey all...

    So not including your ridge lines, whoopies, and tree straps...

    and knowing you will be bringing a tarp...

    1. I would assume you are bringing 8ish tie outs min... but how long are they?

    2. THE BIG QUESTION: how much "extra line" do you bring, and in what lengths? What have you found is versatile, but not overkill?

    Thanks in advance for any info shared!

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    I use four tie-outs for the tarp and none for the hammock. Personally, 6' is plenty for each tie-out, and I could probably get by with 4' in most cases...then I keep some extra in my pack in case I need more. I just attach it to the tie-out that's already connected to the hammock.

    What I carry in my pack just depends. Usually a few lengths of 10' or so each - tarp line, Air Core, and some 550 cord.
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    My tarp tie outs are about 8 feet long. Most times I do not need them that long but it is handy if I decide to do a porch mode and tie off to a tree. The number I carry is based on the trap I am using, mininum of 2 and up.
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    OK...first off, let me qualify this with the information that no one has ever accused me of being an ultra-light hiker.

    With that said...

    I don't use a ridgeline for my tarp...I have two long (10'+) tie outs on either end of my tarp to go around the trees and tension with Fig 9s. I have four of the thin stock tie downs provided with my HH hex tarp...guessing maybe 6-8 ft long each.

    I use the stock shock cord tieouts that came with my HH explorer.

    I carry PLENTY of extra cordage when I go into the woods. 50' of 550 cord, and probably about 30' of mason line. Never know when having that stuff will come in handy.

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    4 tieouts, 8 ft long. 10-20ft lash-it. always have 20+ ft 550 cord

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    Each tie-out on my tarps are all 6' of no-tangle. How many tie-outs depends on the tarp:

    Speer Winter Tarp: 8
    Speer 8x10 Cat Cut: 6
    OES MacCat Deluxe: 4

    Extra cord: 15 feet of no-tangle for anything that it may come in handy for. It usually serves as a clothesline, though.
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    One 7foot tieout on each of the four corners of the tarp. (I leave the taughtline hitches tied so the stake goes into the ground, loop a full turn over the stake, and adjust the hitch.) I have a ridgeline probably 25feet also. Yes, thats kinda long, but it could be cut to replace a tieout if needed and still work as a ridgeline. Extra cordage carried as usual for whatever else.
    Ridgeline pitched first, tarp over that, with the benefit of going from flying diamond to barn roof shape w/o untying RL

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    My tie outs are 8 feet just so I have enough for porch mode. Depending on the tarp I'll carry 4 to 8 tie outs.
    For extra cordage I'll carry a couple of hanks of 10 foot dynaglide and a few hanks of 8 foot zing it. The dynaglide is handy because in a pinch it is strong enough to use as suspension. The zing it is for tie out replacement and is also good for all purpose stuff.
    Back in the day all I would carry is paracord but the above options are lighter and stronger. Having said that I'll still wear a paracord bracelet because it is good to have in emergencies.
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    My 3 season tarp has 2-10" pieces for the ridgeline with figure 9's, 2-4' and 2-8' for porch mode.
    My winter tarp has 2-10" pieces for the ridgeline with figure 9's, 4-2' since I pitch the tarp very low, with 4-1' for the doors.

    I always carry extra line in my pack. It's a 30' piece of 1/8" amsteel.

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