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    Senior Member Cazador's Avatar
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    Tarp Ridgeline Question

    Hey all,

    Just a quick question here for everyone tonight. I'm gonna be running a continuous ridgeline for my hex tarp and I'm curious as to what length you all think is appropriate for it. I was thinking about 30 feet of zing it but I'm not sure if I should do a bit more or less?

    Thanks everyone

    Cazador

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    30 should be plenty. I personally have a dogbone ridgeline made to the length of my tarp so there's not too much stress on my tieouts, which attaches to a biner. That biner is also used to clip my continuous loop hammock suspension to, so I only have one point on the tree for hanging it all up. It's a work in progress to cut down on setup time and used cordage, but it works for me.
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    Tarp Ridgeline Question

    It depends on how you rig it. I changed mine today to the type like dejoha's video shows where the ends wrap around the tree and attach to the tarp, and that needs more than just putting the ridgeline up and using prussiks.

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    I use a continuous ridgeline of 30' of zing-it and so far it has always worked. However, I do carry a little hank of amsteel 'just in case' something needs repaired or extended.
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    Tarp Ridgeline Question

    Completely depends on how you rig it. There are several variations of a continuous ridgeline.

    What I do is draw it out on paper and label the length of each segment. Then add up all the segments. Don't forget to add a bit for knots or buries. If you are making a ridgeline to use with more than one tarp, do this with your shortest tarp.

    But first, you need to decide the diameter of tree you need to account for. Then the clear distance between trees, which depends upon how tall you are and can reach to hang your hammock.

    I use Dehoja's variation of continuous ridgeline with an 11' ling tarp assuming 18" diameter trees and a 20' clear distance between trees. I used 37' of 1.2mm Tech Line from www.DIYGearSupply.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cazador View Post
    Hey all,

    Just a quick question here for everyone tonight. I'm gonna be running a continuous ridgeline for my hex tarp and I'm curious as to what length you all think is appropriate for it. I was thinking about 30 feet of zing it but I'm not sure if I should do a bit more or less?

    Thanks everyone

    Cazador
    Mine is 30 feet and I've never needed it any longer, but I've seen several posts of HF veterans suggesting 35 feet.

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    I use 30' and carry a couple 10' extensions with loops on each end. I've only needed to use an extension once.
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    30' plus I carry some extra cordage to be used if needed. Hang it with the Nite Ize Cam Jams.
    About as simple as it gets with the prussics to set the tarp where it needs to be.
    This will also work on a triangulated basis with a half hitch in the tarp line, tag end around the tree, and cam jammed through the loop. You can also go without hardware doing this.
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    I changed from 30' to 35' cause a couple times I needed the extra length - especially if pitching the tarp lines below the hammock tree straps. Also, carry a couple 4' amsteel dogbone extensions strong enough for either the hammock or the tarp.
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