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    Unofficial Trail Dozer halfastronomical's Avatar
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    My new makeshift Cloudburst rigging.

    We hiked out to one of the backcountry shelters at DeSoto State Park to test out some gear. I found an old broken tent pole by the shelter and decided to try something. I used the shock cord inside the poles to attach to the tie outs. It was not pulling out enough for a tight pitch, so I ran the poles through the mini biners on my tarp suspension to pull more toward the foot and head end of the tarp. It really works well. Now I can consider using my trekking poles as spreader bars for my Ridgerunner.

    Can anybody recommend some lightweight poles to use instead of these kind of heavy ones that I found? I am sure that they weigh at least as much or more than the RR spreader bars.
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    Wow. Never seen it done like that before. By utilizing the front and back clips of the tarp you dont have to worry about adding a loop mid pont on the tarp and seam sealing. Pretty ingenious for just finding some poles laying around.

    It looks like a very tight pitch, do you think its as good a setup as using your trekking poles for the pull outs? Any areas that you see might be a problem? Might have to try this out with my superfly. Good stuff!

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    How long are the poles?

    Check out this page at Questoutfitters.com http://questoutfitters.com/tent_poles.htm#TENT POLES for tent pole sections. I'd guess you'll want the .340 diameter poles. Every 18" section weighs .8 oz.

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    Let me get back with you on that. I never did measure them, though they did seem to be about the perfect length. I will have it in a few minutes. Thanks! Those sound nice!
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    Unofficial Trail Dozer halfastronomical's Avatar
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    They are 7 feet exactly, So I think I may go with 5x 18inch easton nanolites, which will give me 7ft 6 ft sections. Also the nanolites are .65 oz each, so that would make a set of 2 7ft 6 poles weigh just over 6 ounces, PLUS whatever I connect it to the tarp with...I think that I can deal with that...I need to do more research, though. Thanks for the tip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by halfastronomical View Post
    They are 7 feet exactly, So I think I may go with 5x 18inch easton nanolites, which will give me 7.6 ft sections. Also the nanolites are .65 oz each, so that would make a set of 2 7'6 poles weigh just over 6 ounces, minus whatever I connect it to the tarp with...I think that I can deal with that...I need to do more research, though. Thanks for the tip.
    I'll subscribe to this thread because I would like to do it to. I'm also following the thread on the $20 hiking poles that are adapted to use as the spreader bars for the Ridgerunner. I carry hiking poles anyway, so the ability to use those as spreader bars and 6 ounce "tarp poles" would be a weight savings over the stock Ridgerunner Spreader Bars

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    Nice...love it! Going to garage to look at a old tent no one uses anymore and maybe do some pole surgery
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    When I was researching pole mods, I ran across some good options on sites that sold kit making supplies. I was looking into carbon fiber at the time. http://goodwinds.com

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    video

    This video shows the hammock rigging at about 1:12. Try not to have a seizure if you watch the whole video.

    I have not yet gotten around to trying the poles. Did anybody have any luck?

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    Trippy vid!

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