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    Go to knots for High winds , below Zero

    What knots (setup ) would you use for high winds (guide lines , ridge lines ) if you just started to set up camp and high winds started to pick up and you knew their were gust of 40mph + coming for the night ? what knots (if you use hardware ) would you use if the temps were -20 when setting up camp (guide lines , ridge line , ? or if the storm was just starting to pick up , as you were taking down your hammock / tarp and you knew you have enough time to get to your vehicle or at least harm way ?

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    Ridgeline I use a figure 9, no knots required. Guylines to stakes, I use a marlin spike hitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overthinker View Post
    Ridgeline I use a figure 9, no knots required. Guylines to stakes, I use a marlin spike hitch.
    +1 I use the slightly larger figure 9 if it is projected to be in the single teens or below. Easier to work with with gloves on. And the Marlin Spike Hitch on the guy lines. They too are easier to make with glove on rather than something like the tautline hitch.
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    I use "Dutch" knots
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    Serious cold sucks for working knots obviously.

    Fingerless gloves under regular gloves helps because you can remove the outer gloves and work the knots with your fingers.

    Having to work knots with gloves on is a total pain in the butt.

    For these reasons, I MUCH prefer figure 9's and Dutch Stingerz.

    If forced to use knots, as was mentioned, I use a bight so I can just pull the tag end and release the knot.

    Often I have used of 2 adjustable knots backed by a couple of slippery half hitches.
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    What about shock cords on guidelines ? I need to do some research on this . Also , whats the best way to use this in strong winds so the tarp doesn't rip or take off on me . I'm also looking to do adjustable ridge line and the best way to use this .

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    Re: "What about shock cords on guidelines?"

    I used thick shock cords on my lines when I used a silnylon tarp. Mainly to help keep the tarp tight when the temperature dropped at night.

    I got rid of the shock-cords now that I use a cuben tarp.

    One problem that I had with using shock-cords is that it was hard to get them to not flex in strong winds. The flexing would make the tarp flap too much and make a lot of noise.

    I ended up using fairly thick bungee and really cinched the up to help reduce the flex.
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    I'd use a siberian hitch, I'm not big on hardware except for carabiners and they could easily freeze at those temps

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    I might use rubber band tarp line tensioner . (theraband) . I going to have to watch Dutch video on a tree huger with and extension . I didn't quite understand the setup on the other end . his all in one system looking promising .

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