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    New Beaks for my tarp

    Just had to do some hammock and gear testing over the weekend. My good buddy, Smokehouse, made some beaks for the ends of my tarp. For those really bad storms these oughta keep the windblown rain/snow from sneaking in the ends of the tarp.

    I was totally impressed at how much these beaks kept the breeze at bay...so I just had to share these pics with everyone. (Yeah, I know, the background is not the best. But hey, 2 trees anywhere is a bedroom waiting to happen, right?)

    THe first shot shows the whole tarp. The ridge is 11' long with a 4" cat cut. The sides have a 12" cat cut. Great little summer tarp. In this shot I have only 1 beak attached. Yellow zingit is connected to the corners...the orange line is attached to the tarp itself.
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    Close up of the beak. Nice long slit to let the tarp and hammock suspension sneak through to the trees.
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    Close up of the top of the beak. There is a small piece of grosgrain that you can use to keep the beak close to the end of of the tarp.
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    View from inside showing the beak fully deployed. You can also see some shock cord that I attached to my HG Incubator. They are simply attached with cord locks a mitten hooks. So easy to adjust once I'm in the hammock. This keeps the UQ just perfectly snugged up to me. I can get in and out of the hammock with them in place, but they are super easy to unhook. Just unclip the mitten hook from the ridge line. When sitting in the hammock, I unclip the 2 mitten hooks from the side I am sitting on if I need to.
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    Smokehouse made the tarp, hammock and beaks for me. Sure do love them.
    Thanks Smokehouse.

    If anyone has any pointers for me on any of the set up, please pass them on. I've spent a grand total of 5 nights hanging, but 37 years backpacking. Guess I'm a slow learner.
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    Senior Member drchip's Avatar
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    Looks great to me. Been thinking about getting Griz Beaks for my Hennessy hex tarp, but also wondering if I should just upgrade to a Superfly. I think the up side on beaks is not carrying them when you don't need them.

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    Sweet looking.!
    Terry

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    Quote Originally Posted by drchip View Post
    Looks great to me. Been thinking about getting Griz Beaks for my Hennessy hex tarp, but also wondering if I should just upgrade to a Superfly. I think the up side on beaks is not carrying them when you don't need them.
    I agree. Take them when I need them, leave them at home when I dont need them. Use one, use both, use neither. Beaks give so many options.

    Mine weigh about 2.3 oz each.
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    Very nice.
    Could you attach the ends to the tarp so you didn't have to carry 4 additional stakes?
    O&B
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    Member Wolf's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by OutandBack View Post
    Very nice.
    Could you attach the ends to the tarp so you didn't have to carry 4 additional stakes?
    Theoretically yes. We tried shock cording them to the D rings on the tarp, but that didn't work as well as we thought. I ran the beak cords through the D rings then staked them out.

    I wonder if simply tying them would work.

    The set up requires 3 stakes per beak. One at the bottom to pull it out and the two on the "wings".
    The beauty of sunsets,
    The wind in the pines,
    The mountains give these and more...
    Peace of mind.

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