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    SRL required to pitch tarp to ground

    Want to pitch your tarp sides touching the ground for winter protection? You pretty much have to have a structural ridge line to do so unless the trees are precisely positioned for your particular rig. In most instances, you will need to keep the straps rather low on the trees with a shallow angle from the straps to the hammock, so that the suspension doesn't interfere with the tarp ends. To accomplish the low strap suspension and shallow hanging angle, you pretty much must use a structural ridge line so you can pull the suspension pretty tight to keep it below the top ends of the tarp without the bottom of the hammock hitting the ground.

    If you are considering winter hanging and don't have a structural ridge line, I strongly recommend adding one before you begin your winter hanging experiements. I've been out for about a dozen winter nights in the recent past with my tarp pitched directly to the ground on the sides, and the only way I can make this work is by counting on my structural ridge line to keep the sag at the proper angle. Get some zing-it for the structural ridge line. Quick, easy, ultralight.

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    Good information and spot on. On of those scenarios where your ridgeline will be like a G-string tuned to A. LOL!

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    One way I've found to help mitigate this is if you "follow the hammock suspension" with the tarp RL. The lines on the tarp don't interfere with the hammock suspension and the ends of the tarp actually conform a bit to the angle and curve up.

    I use a method similar to what is outlined here.

    Here is my specific setup.

    This method relies on your corner tieouts to tension your tarp rather than a tightly strung RL straight across for tension.

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    Coupled with Dutch's Flyz and Hook .. you're as light as you can go .. as simple as can be .. light and simple equals fast ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendertoe View Post
    One way I've found to help mitigate this is if you "follow the hammock suspension" with the tarp RL. The lines on the tarp don't interfere with the hammock suspension and the ends of the tarp actually conform a bit to the angle and curve up.

    I use a method similar to what is outlined here.

    Here is my specific setup.

    This method relies on your corner tieouts to tension your tarp rather than a tightly strung RL straight across for tension.
    I like that you can rapidly adjust the height if conditions deem it so ...
    "The wise man questions others wisdom because he questions his own, the foolish man because it is different from his own." Leo Stein

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    Good point especially if your tarp is not that big.
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    Senior Member Tendertoe's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Wolf View Post
    I like that you can rapidly adjust the height if conditions deem it so ...
    Me too.

    Plus the previously mentioned way that you can prevent tarp interference even when you "batten down the hatches".

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