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Speed Cinch Stakes Review

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Speed Cinch Stakes There’s a new stake on the market that offers something unique: a no-knot tie-off and cinching mechanism built in to the stake itself. I almost passed up the opportunity to test The Speed Cinch Stakes because on first…

Using Stakes and Snow Anchors

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Using Stakes and Snow Anchors I’m often out working with the Boy Scouts teaching the finer points of bushcraft. One skill that seems so simple, and yet fundamental to shelter building, is how to stake out and set guy lines…

First Look: The Two-Person Clark Vertex Hammock

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Using the Clark Vertex Hammock at Boy Scout Camp This year, Boy Scout camp was exhausting (wait? Isn’t it every year?). Mornings began around 4:45 AM as we jumped in the pool for Polar Bear swims or the Tenderfoot Run…

Rigging a No-sag Hennessy Hammock Tarp

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My first camping hammock was the Hennessy Expedition Asym. It was the hammock that converted me to staying off the ground when I went camping. However, I was often frustrated that I couldn’t keep the stock tarp taut, particularly when…

Tato Gear Ridgeline Tarp Connector Review

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(Watch the video review) The Tato Gear Tarp Connector System uses an aluminum hook that easily slides along a continuous tarp ridge line and then wraps to hook in place. Opposite of the hook is a durable plastic toggle that…

ENO ProFly Review

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Overview The Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) ProFly is a rectangular tarp designed for hammocks, but can be used as a shelter or sun shade for multiple uses. There is a slight catenary cut to each edge that keeps the edges…

Knots vs. Hardware

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Among hikers, backpackers, campers, Scouters, and pretty much any outdoor enthusiast, one topic seems to always spark debate: hardware devices or knots? Are you a knot purist who sees hardware devices as redundant, a waste of time (or weight), or…

LoopAlien with a Tarp Part 2

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I posted earlier on how you can use the LoopAlien with a tarp and a continuous ridge line, but a lot of folks prefer using guy lines just on the ends of the tarp’s ridge line. The LoopAlien works just…

LoopAlien with a Tarp and a Continuous Ridge Line

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UPDATE: Using the LoopAlien with single lines, and faster locking method. I’m a sucker for cool, little hardware gadgets for tarp and hammock rigging. Don’t get me wrong, I love knots (I’m a Scoutmaster, after all), and use them on…

Hammock Tarp Coverage Comparison

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Not all tarps are created equal. Indeed, what appears to be one of the simplest pieces of gear, next to a basic gathered-end hammock, tarps end up being one of the most complex. On one end of the spectrum you…