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    amsteel whoopie ridge line

    I just bought 100 ft of amsteel and I want to make a whoopie to use for my tarp ridge line. My question is what length should it be? I originally thought 8ft.... nowi am thinking 10ft. Your thoughts?

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    It all kind of depends on you hammock length and how you hang the hammock. My suggestion would be to hang the hammock to where it is comfortable. Measure the length where the ridge line would be. Then make your ridge line so can adjust 6-12 inches either way from the measured length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeBait View Post
    It all kind of depends on you hammock length and how you hang the hammock. My suggestion would be to hang the hammock to where it is comfortable. Measure the length where the ridge line would be. Then make your ridge line so can adjust 6-12 inches either way from the measured length.
    Ridge line is not for my hammock........... this is strictly for a rain tarp

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    I don't think you can get a whoopie sling taut enough to use as a tarp ridgeline. I reserve the right to be wrong, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hangNyak View Post
    I don't think you can get a whoopie sling taut enough to use as a tarp ridgeline. I reserve the right to be wrong, though.
    I think it would be very difficult to release if you did get it tight enough.

    Would this be a continuous ridgeline or a whoopie for each end? How big will your trees be and how far apart? How will you attach the whoopie to the trees?

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    One whoopie.... I'm thinking 8ft to 10 ft adjustable. I will attach it just like I do my hammock by using a tree strap and beaner. I think I might be able to use the same tree strap I use for my hammock, but unsure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    I think it would be very difficult to release if you did get it tight enough.

    Would this be a continuous ridgeline or a whoopie for each end? How big will your trees be and how far apart? How will you attach the whoopie to the trees?
    Having tried to use a whoopie on the tarp ridgeline, I agree that it darn near impossible to get it taut enough. You'll find yourself with the Amsteel in your teeth so you can use two hands on the adjustable loop. I was advised against using a whoopie for hanging the tarp, but I didn't listen.

    I ended up with a Zing-It 2.2 mm continuous ridgeline using Nite-Ize Knotbone and Figure 9 like Opie's vid here.



    You can also use Dutch Tarp Flyz and Dutch Hooks from http://www.outdoortrailgear.com/tag/dutchware/


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    Be sure you leave enough for the adjustable loop end, it will add to the length needed. if you go eight feet with two feet of adjustment you will need twelve feet plus tail loops.

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    You can answer your question by setting up the hammock and measuring between the attachment points you will use on the tree straps.

    The tarp ridgeline whoopie will sag and tighten as you get in and out of the hammock and make it difficult to get the corner tie outs' tension set correctly. I recommend you use a more traditional tarp ridgeline, but let us know how it works out.

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    Maybe I should ask a different question

    How do you hang your tarp? Continuous ridge line? Or two tie outs? How do you attach to tree? Just normal tree straps or wrap?

    I have tie outs on my new tarp so I could use two tie outs, I just figured one line would be better, no real stress o. Those tie outs then.

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