Here are two quick video segments demonstrating continuous ridge lines with a tarp. The first video is a live example of what I illustrated in my book, and elsewhere, using two carabiners. The second video is a new method that I really like that uses one DutchWare Dutch Hook and one DutchWare Tarp Flyz (or Stingerz). Both methods link the ridge line into a sort of figure-8 loop that allows the tarp to slide back and forth easily so it can be centered over your hammock.
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I have illustrated several ways to tie up a tarp using hardware or no hardware and you’re probably wondering, “but which is the best way?” or “why not stick with just one?” For me, I enjoy having these different methods in my tool box depending on the situation. The no knot methods are important in case I’m left in a situation where that’s all I’ve got to work with. I really like the simple Dutch Hook/Tarp Flyz (or Stingers) method illustrated below because it is lightweight and the Dutch Flyz provides that mechanical advantage (similar to a Trucker’s Hitch knot) to tension the tarp close to the ridgline. I’ve found that Prusik knots tend to jam or get stuck on the line and can be difficult to tighten or loosen (especially when it gets cold).
Hi Instead of using a key ring which can open out why not use a continuous loop of dyneema (zing-it or lash-it) with the tarp flyz attached.
Yes! This is a great mod and one that I’m also using now. The split keyring works fine if it is strong. I have pulled weak ones apart. My favorite split key ring came from a key remote dongle (featured in the video) — it’s small and strong. For me, they important point is to get the Tarp Flyz/Stingerz as close to the tarp as possible.
It’s clear from your videos that the two carabiner method is superior. Easier to set up and adjust. I can see no advantages with the special hardware used in the second video.
Many thanks for the clear information and diagrams.
Thanks Delroy! The two-carabiner method has been a favorite of mine for a long while, thanks to the reasons you pointed out. There are a few advantages to other methods, but it does boil down to what works the best for you. If you’re counting grams, you could switch out one ‘biner with a Dutch Hook and it would still function the same. The Tarp Flyz saves some weight, but the real advantage for me is an easier method for adjusting and tightening the tarp (using the 3:1 mechanical advantage), and easier connect/disconnect compared with the prusik. I’m also a knot fan, and you can duplicate this technique using no hardware at all, but set-up and take-down take a little longer.
I love these diagrams and videos. They are super helpful. I am thinking about going to the Dutch hooks and Stingerz, but had a question. I currently have a 2.2 lash it ridgeline, with a knot bone on one end and a figure 9 on the other. Tarp is connected with s biners and prussics. With the method in the videos, it seems like when you really try to crank the ridgeline tight,you are pulling right on the tarp d rings. Do you have any worries about breaking them? With my CRL, the tension is on the line only, because the prussics and s biners are independent from the line tension.
Also, sometimes my tarp interferes with the suspension, even with the “V” setup. Do I just have to move the tarp higher, or find trees that are farther apart? Any other suggestions?
With a 3:1 mechanical force, you can get the line tighter than with just the prusiks, but I’ve yet to pull hard enough to break anything. The “figure-8” loop with the ridge line creates the “V”, allows the tarp to easily slide and adjust to center, and allows you to pull both sides of the tarp taut at the same time. It’s pretty neat. Just be careful and don’t go too crazy on getting it too tight.
Getting a hammock to fit into the “V” created on the tarp depends on the length of the ridge on the tarp and the size of the hammock. An average size ridge line on a hammock is 108 inches, or 9 feet (274 cm). A tarp with a foot (30 cm) of overhang/coverage on each side is more than adequate, giving you a tarp with an 11 foot (335 cm) ridge line. When the tarp has a longer ridge line than you’ll have collision problems with the tarp even with the “V”.
Hanging the tarp higher will eliminate this problem, but can create other coverage problems.
The minimal asym tarp used stock by Hennessy works the best when it is very close to the hammock. This is one reason Hennessy designed the tarp to connect to the hammock suspension so it would connect as close to the top of the bug net as possible. Hung higher and an asym tarp begins to be less effective.
Personally, I like tarps with about six inches (15 cm) of coverage on either side.
Thanks, Derek. I think I will try the CRL with a Dutch hook on one end and a Stingerz. My tarp is an OES MacCat Deluxe, so it is 130″, over a Blackbird hammock, so I have a lot of coverage. I will play around with the height and the “v”. Thanks again.
I just ordered some dutch clips, and tarp flyz to put on my crl. I have been using a zing it nacrabiner and prussic loop on the d ring of the tarp, seen here http://alturl.com/pfghe, about as light as you can get.
But after hiking in cooler weather a couple months ago I decided to swap it to something I could do with gloves on.
I hear you — working with line in the cold can be difficult. I like having different options in my skill set in cases like these.
I really like the simplicity of the continuous ridge line for use with a tarp with just two carabiners.
How would you configure the ridge line in case the tarp is used with tent poles instead of tree – in case no trees would be available or in case the tarp is used as a porch / cooking area to extend a tent.
Would you route the ridge line around the spike on the top of the tent pole (i.e. use the tent pole as a very thin tree), or would you put a loop/ring in between the tent pole spike and the ridge line?
I am struggling to find a suitable solution that allows for both the ridgeline to be securely attached between the tent poles and the prusik know to be applied in case of slack. (If I wrap the ridge line a couple of times around the spike when it’s all in position, I am no longer able to use the prusik to take out any slack later on without having to undo the couple of loops first.
The rigidity/stability of the structure using the tent poles isn’t the issue (with 2 guy lines for each tent pole providing the counter force) but a suitable way to connect the ridge line to the tent poles…..
Any help / guidance appreciated.
I haven’t done any load testing so I don’t want to give out bad information, but I’ve been using it as a structural ridge line and it holds fine.
I have roughly 180 lbs in my hammock, and according to my hammock hang calculator, that puts about 160 lbs of tensile force. The loop alien is working great!
I’ve been wanting to try this method for a while. I’ve read about it a lot on the hammockforums. It seems every time I read about it though, there is always someone who says they’ve tried it and switched back to two lines. Even Shug, who I try to emulate the most, says he’s has gone back to using two lines.
Today I tried it. I set it up a few times to make sure I gave it a fair shake. I’m going back to the two line method.
Here’s my observations.
Usually I can eyeball the two line method and get it pretty close to centered over the hammock. I might have to make a quick adjustment which means letting out a few inches of slack on one side and taking it up on the other. Or just letting out some slack on one side and taking it up with the four ground lines. The one line system saves time with the adjustment but IMO takes longer to setup. If I already have my hammock up, I almost always can get my tarp setup where I want it with the two line system on the first try by just making sure that the first end I secure is a foot over the end. The other end will then be a foot past the other end.
The adjustment of the one line system cut into the trees I was using.
I’ve had the one line system hit my hammock suspension before which causes the tarp to move around. I’ve never had that with the two line system. I hang my hammock suspension on different sides of the two trees. I hang my tarp from the other sides. No bumping.
Less line to get tangled up with the two line system.
Less change of the line sliding down the trees with two lines. Each is snugged up tight versus forming an open “V”.
I hope this isn’t taken in a mean way. Just my research and findings on this method that will hopefully help others make a decision.
Great observations. Now, I’d be careful with joining the Cult of Shug — pretty soon you’ll be unicycling and wearing wigs 🙂 In all seriousness, Shug is a great friend and he’s got a lot of hammock experience, but as you observed, there are preferences that each person will ultimately choose. I used to be a two-line devotee and then switched over to a continuous line for various reasons and conditions. Recently, I’ve been enamored with the “no-line” Hennessy tarp system of using the hammock suspension to clip the tarp. Each has trade offs and you’ve pointed out some in your post.
To counter your points, for sake of argument, so much depends on your set up that may eliminate the issues you describe. For example, I’ve never had my hammock suspension collide with my tarp lines when I use the “V” set-up. My hammock suspension hangs between the “V” for both single line and continuous line tarp systems.
For soft bark trees, I’ve used a sheath made from a hollowed out section of military 550 cord. It prevents the line from biting into the bark and makes for a quick adjustment.
I’m surprised to hear that your tarp line doesn’t interfere with your hammock suspension if you clip your tarp line “snugged up tight” instead of using a “V”. You’d have to hang your tarp above the hammock suspension, which would position the tarp very high. Of course, none of that is poor style, per se, but for some tarp set-ups, such as an asym tarp or a smaller MacCat Hex, the best strategy is to pitch the tarp close to the hammock for maximum coverage. For stormy weather, pitching the hammock low is preferred as it maximizes protection without having to have large tarp panels that reach to the ground. This necessitates hanging the tarp line lower than the hammock suspension, which invariably creates a conflict (touching) between hammock and tarp suspension lines. It’s not a horrible problem, really, but for an asym tarp, a slight sway in the hammock can push the tarp out of alignment.
Some folks prefer to stick to a system once they find something they like. For me, I often switch. I find value in most systems, and as I said, the trade offs may be a benefit in some cases and not in others. When I plan a backpacking trip I take that into consideration and pick the appropriate system and gear. Plus, I like keeping my skills fresh and I like trying new things, so you won’t see me advocating for one system. I may recommend one system for a particular audience or situation, but ultimately, I’m happy with whatever you choose. 🙂
Derek said, “I’m surprised to hear that your tarp line doesn’t interfere with your hammock suspension if you clip your tarp line “snugged up tight” instead of using a “V””.
Derek, I don’t think you understand how I set up the two line system. In the continuous system, you hang everything in a parallel line coming straight off the tree.
What I do in the two line system is hang the hammock with the lines coming off the sides of each tree, each line coming off the opposite side which has the hammock hanging on a slight diagonal between the two trees. I just clip my biner onto the strap and just turn it to one side of the other and give a tug to set it. My tarp lines are hung off the opposite sides and thus are the width of the tree away from the hammock lines. In this way, I can hang the tarp lines below the hammock lines and never have them touch.
Hope this helps.
And thanks for such a wonderful source of information. I love to see and try all kinds of methods and this is a great resource allowing anyone to pick the best system for them.
And for anyone who wants to know, I use the cheap figure 9s tied onto my tarp with a small loop. I use zing-it and it will slip under a heavy load with the figure 9 if installed per instruction. After I adjust it, I add a half loop which has completely stopped the slippage.
Thanks Chris, that makes more sense now.
How long is your continuous loop for your prusik knot?
Not longer than 12 inches and then tied, so flat (doubled over) it is less than 6 inches. I make them smaller too.
Thanks Derek!…I just downloaded your book and have been glued to my computer screen all day reading your delicious info…Thanks to you I didn’t get any of my stuff done today, but it was well worth it! My buddy and I are trying to break into hammocking and we believe in trial and error and trial by fire…so we’re having a blast. I’ll be using a lot of your info for my next trip and watching his jaw drop. I’m sure I’ll be back with more questions!
Cool thanks. I hope you enjoy the book. I look forward to your questions.
Also wanted to ask…I noticed that you use zing it/lash it style line for your ridgeline. I just order 100′ of Amsteel 7/64 for woopie slings and figured I have enough for guy lines and a ridge line after all is said and done. thoughts? I figured down the road I could switch it out. I know 550 paracord stretchs and retains water and I have a bunch for emergency and fun projects ofcourse. How long is your ridge line?
7/64 is a bit thick for guy lines, but to each his own 🙂 a lot of folks use 7/64 for ridge lines and I think that would work great. A ridge line can add some structure to your hammock and most use 83% of the length of the hammock. So, a 10 foot hammock would have a ridge line around 100 inches. Adjust for your own perfect hang.
thanks so much for the well done videos, learned lots i will apply this weekend on the Buffalo River. any advantage (or disadvantage)to stringing the ridgeline under the tarp vs. outside the tarp thru the grommets or d-rings? jon
Tarps with catenary-cut ridge lines will work best with the ridge line above the tarp.
Most tarps have straight ridge lines, which will work with a ridge line either above or below the tarp.
In some storm conditions (particularly snow), having a ridge line below the tarp can help give extra strength, although it may not be completely necessary as the snow will shed if you pitch with steep angles on the fabric.
There are many, many ways to pitch a tarp. Many of my scouts use generic “blue” tarps with metal grommets punched around the perimeter. For these tarps, I usually go very simple, using a single line without extra hardware. The scout ties two half hitches to one grommet (along the ridge line) then wraps the line around the tree and back through the same grommet. The line then goes under or over the tarp to the opposite grommet and through it. The line is then passed around the second tree and back to the grommet that the line was passed through. Before the line is tied and tightened, the scout can quickly slide the tarp to center it (or adjust its position). The line is then finished off with a taut-line hitch on the grommet and tightened.
Regardless of what method you use (hardware, knots–trucker’s hitch, etc.), I recommend _not_ tying off the tarp ridge line too tight. First, the thin line is more likely to dig into the bark, leaving a mark, or worse, damaging the phloem and possibly the cambium layer. Second, you can potentially damage your tarp tie-out points, seams, and edging with too much tension.
I like to leave the ridge line moderately taut and then get the final tension after staking down the guy lines.
makes sense. thx for your time and expertise! jon
Recently downloaded your book and Android app…the app totally changed the game for the perfect sleeping angle, many thanks! I’ve been thinking about this continuous ridge line thing, but I’ve been trying to stay with only rope and knots for a while (since I figure if I switch to hardware now I’ll never have motivation to get the essentials fully down!). Anyways, I was wondering what your thoughts are on replacing the carabiners with small loops of paracord (or other rope)…I was imagining a 6-inch segment of cord or so with a figure-8 stopper knot on one side and then a strong noose-type knot (such as the poacher’s knot) on the other side so I can just loop the noose over the stopper knot and pull it closed, not entirely dissimilar to how a carabiner functions (hope that makes sense). I saw your plans for the ridge line without hardware, which look great, but I kind of like the idea of using the prusik and not having to run the line all the way through the tarp tie outs in this method….anyways, if you have any thoughts on using cordage for substitute carabiners I’d love to hear them!
You can use soft-shackle carabiners. They are very common and a great idea for hardware replacement for saving weight. They aren’t as convenient, but they work. If you use 7/64 or larger Amsteel, you can use them for human weight. Other cordage will vary.
Thanks Derek! I think I get this now. I’m still new to the hang. In my head, amount of line I need for system with two biners: 10′ for my ridgeline (144″ hammock) 7′ for each whoopie sling, 8′ to go around each tree = 40′ total. Hey, do you often run into 3′ diameter trees? and are they usually near much smaller trees?
Do you keep the lines wrapped into the tarp or separate tarp and lines?
Do you keep your underquilt & bugnet clipped on your hammock when stuffed in your backpack?
For a 9 x 12′ long plastic tarp, do you recommend 4, 6 or 8 guy lines?
The straps are location-specific, or can be. In my neck of the woods it’s mostly Ponderosa Pine, which can get thick in old growth areas. But, happily, there are usually smaller trunks from which to hang from, so there have only been a few times where I’ve been “forced” to hang from a big tree.
On my tarps, I keep the guy lines attached. I wrap them individually so they don’t tangle, and pack them with the tarp. If I use a continuous ridge line, I wrap and pack that separately.
Some folks keep their quilts attached to their hammocks and pack them together. You either have to use a big stuff sack (aka Lazy Slug Tube), or stuff directly into your backpack. Much depends on how you pack your gear to make this happen. For example, if you want to reduce set-up time by clipping your tarp directly to your hammock suspension, I would pack my insulation separately because it’s too easy to get your insulation wet otherwise.
Personally, I like to keep my insulation separate from my hammock when I pack. It helps me keep them cleaner and dryer and if I want to siesta in the middle of the day and not pull out my insulation, I can do that.
Some external bug nets can get bulky if you keep them attached to the hammock so you’ll need to be prepared with a bigger stuff sack. If you are doing a multi-day trip, it is much more convenient to keep the bug net attached to reduce set-up time. When I tested the BIAS Buginator net, I kept it attached to my hammock. It was small enough that it packed well in my double-sided stuff sack.
I prefer simplicity in my set-ups, which is one reason I prefer diamond or asym tarps because it means less guy-out points and less stake points, etc. Catenary cut edges on higher-end tarps also help eliminate flappy edges without using more stake points. You will have to use as many guy points as necessary for the size of your tarp, so plan accordingly.
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Great setup for a CRL, my Superfly loves it ( me to by the way ) 🙂
I´m wondering if you was thinking about making a video on how to pack the tarp up using a stuppsack and/or a double sided stuff sack?
Would love to see how you do it as i myself most often ends up dumping one side of the tarp on the ground.
Cheers from Sweden.
I’ve been asked this before. I need to do a video to show how I do it. I unclip one end and pull the tarp taut against the opposite tree and then pack as I walk to that other tree. Easier seen than described?
I read on HF how you pack your tarp up, but for me it dosen´t work as planned.
What i do is i unhook the side with the flyz on first and start to stuff the tarp, but as the tension on the loosens the whole end ( the one with the “loop” on for the Dutch hook ) just falls to the ground….
Granted i use the original stuffsack but i can´t see that beeing the problem, or?
Do you hold the line to keep tension on it when stuffing or am i missing something?
And yes, a video would be much easier to understand, at least for me 🙂
I have used the continuous ridgeline described above with the prusik knot and the carabiner ever since I saw your illustration. I have been using a nylon 1/8 inch rope, 30 feet long. I have a Hennessy hex fly that I removed the original cord from. I recently got some dyneema rope and tied the prusik with some small cord that I used for the tie outs and the stakes. I find that the dyneema is so slippery that the prusik knot does not lock the way it should, but just slips down the line.
Do you have any suggestions on the use of dyneema as a ridge line?
Yes, I hear you! I’ve had the same issue. Using the same Dyneema cord for the prusik. You could also try a klemheist knot
I had that same problem. The dyneema itself is increadibly slippery. Rathern then taking a pice of dyneema as prusik, I now use a 2mm thick piece of nylon, and tie that into a triple pass prusik. It is now the weak link in my setup, tensile strength is far below the dyneema. But so far, it has held. YMMV ofcourse.
Might eventually try a klemheist with dyneema though.
I have switched almost entirely to the klemheist knot.
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I saw this update a while ago, I’ve just searched half the blog to find it again and as always, many more struck my eye.
One of the perks of living with my Grandma is her old stylle; I’ll try a curtain hook for now and I’ll ask a friend to weld one side to a loop.
I’ll put the stinger on my birthday wish list ;). I’m trying spare kiting cord for the ridgeline upgrade, I believe it’s dyneema. be careful when buying this though, I got 20ft, not 2.0mm haha.
Thanks for all these illustrations, they’re very well made.
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Where did you get those carabiners?
The mini carabiner? You can find those at a few cottage vendors like Arrowhead Equipment and DutchWare gear. They are also common on keychain sets.
Derek, Thanks, I’ll check those two place out. Jim
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Hi Derek! I’ve been using this setup with two carabiners for a while, and love it! But now I’m thinking of getting a new (thinner and lighter) ridgeline. How much force do you recon it would have to hold for?
You can try 1 mm zing it. It holds well.
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how do you make the prusik knot out of the utility line? I like this method and really want to do it but I’m having trouble visualizing it. should 30 ft of utility line be enough?
Yes. 30 feet will be enough. Do a web search for prusik knot and you’ll get a how to.
Has anyone experimented with running a continuous ridgeline through the ends of the hammock and splicing the hammock in place? Then the ends of the line could be either worked into an eye splice or each end of the line could be a whoopee sling. Thoughts?
Yes I think this has been done. Folks who’ve used a single ring suspension often have done this but use one line as both suspension (whoopie sling) and ridgeline.
Derek, having seen your video a while ago I switched one of my tarps over to the continuous ridgeline using Dutch Bling and I like it for the easy ‘centering of the tarp and the ‘V’. However, I can’t seem to take the tarp down without it hitting the dirt. In order to get it packed into the bishop bag you have to let go one end which means it all ends up on the ground.
I know you must have a method of packing the tarp away without it touching the ground, could you tell me how it should be done please?
Great question. I should do a video on that. There’s a new step to my setup that is not illustrated that makes set-up and take-down easier. The same steps, when followed in reverse order, make it easy. If you use hardware on the adjustable side, like the Dutchware Tarp Flyz, I would hook the line briefly to the running line, then wrap around the tree. This keeps the tarp from sliding back toward the other side while I wrap the line around the tree. When I’m ready, I unhook this temporary connection and then tighten and wrap the Tarp Fly. For take-down, I do the same steps in the opposite order: I unhook the Tarp Fly from the standing end, hook it temporarily on the running line, and then I can take down the tarp without it slipping.
Excellent, very clearly explained, I shall try this next time I’m out. Many Thanks.
This is a great tip. I just finished experimenting with a CRL with my Cloudburst tarp out in the backyard using a length of Zing-It I just got from Dutchware. (Can’t stop buying bling — I think I need an intervention…) Wish I’d read this first! One thing I thought I’d mention: Although Derek likes to get his Tarp Flyz/Stingerz as close to the tarp as possible, I used Dutchware Fleaz attached to the ridge line rings by 8″ loops of Zing-It. This method works well for me because I use snake skins on my tarp, and I can roll the snake skins over the loops when I’m not using them. If I attached the Fleaz (or Flyz or Stingerz) directly to the tarp rings, there’s be no place to roll the snake skins.
Another thing I learned today is that prussik knots don’t work well at all on Zing-It. I tried a variety of cordage of different sizes (wrapped 5-6 times) and couldn’t get any to work *reliably* without slipping. One more reason to use a CRL, at least for me.
That Dyneema cordage is super slippery! Thanks Mark.
Mark, Glad this has all been useful. Using your “shortened loop” method, I’m guessing that the ‘V’ made by the tarp ridgeline is very small? Do you not find your hammock suspension hits the tarp ridgeline as it moves? (Or do you not pass your hammock suspension through the ‘V’ as intended?)
Could you send me a photo or video of your set up with 8″ loops of Zing-it. I would like to use snake skins but don’t like how the skins bunch up under Derek’s set up. My email is email@example.com. Thanks, Bayly
I would love to see a video of the above photos when you have time. Thanks, Bayly
Ignore my last post. Just realised that I’d Mir-read Mark’s post..Doh!!
No problem! So the loops to the fleaz don’t really affect the V — which I really like. I was thinking about getting Dutch’s continuous ridgeline setup, but then I wouldn’t have the V.
BTW Derek reviewed the Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Warmer a couple years ago, and I have one that I haven’t used yet. It’s going to be in the mid forties at night this weekend at the Mogollon Rim and I’m going to find out how well it works with a Warbonnet Ridgerunner, REI Flash sleeping pad, and a Kelty 20 degree bag. I did as Derek suggested and removed the elastic — I’m just going to lay it under the pad between the double layers of the hammock. I’m impressed with the warmth of the new REI Flash pad. I hope it will do until I my UGQ underquilt is delivered next month.
Can you use snake skins when you set up a tarp like this?
Yes. It just makes the argument for keeping the line permanently connected to the tarp. Lots of folks do it.
Usual story: I somehow got intrigued by hammocking, found Shug, Professor Hammock and you, bought your book, quickly realised that there’s far more to hammocking than I would have guessed – but it’s such fun learning! I’m gradually assembling my gear and bought a jungle hammock (see? I’m learning!) from a boutique Tasmanian company called “Tier Gear” (I live in Australia), which in my novice opinion is a fantastic hammock. I’m now going through the complex tarp minefield and was pretty much convinced that two separate ridge ties would suit me until I came across your all-in-one continuous ridgeline. At first I couldn’t quite visualise it. I then found your two videos on it. Surely you were using some sort of trickery? So I rigged up an mock-up using a dyneema dogbone to act as the tarp’s length and some paracord (forgive me!), two keyring carabiners (really, forgive me!) and my kitchen table legs as the trees. It’s amazing! It’s such a clever idea! I don’t know how you thought of it, but I am so impressed that I felt compelled to tell you and thank you. The ease of adjustment plus the two Vs means there really is no trade-off.
By the way, I thought of an analogy for the whole knots/hardware “debate”. To me, knots are learning your times tables in school, whereas the hardware is a calculator. Sure, a calculator is quicker and easier, but to understand what’s happening, you need to know your times tables. I have really enjoyed learning how to tie knots and splice dyneema, but on a hike in the pouring rain after a long day’s walking and growling belly, I want to set up my tarp as quickly as humanly possible. If the hardware fails, I can always go back to the fundamentals.
Thanks Roddy! Great analogy.
Hi, and thank you for your video. A silly question, because I have some chalenges with mechanical/spacial things. If I have, say, a 25 foot section of line, but I need to span only, say, a 14 foot gap between two trees on a certain day, how does this work with your setup? For sure I’ll keep one carabiner permanently clipped on one of the line, but the other end is confusing me. Is your system expandable/contractable in this type of situation? (By the way, hyper-specificity is never a problem with me!). Thanks.
A fixed carabiner on one end and a carabiner on the other end attached to an adjustable prusik or klemheist knot. You create a sort of figure-8, starting at one end of the tarp peak end, clip the fixed carabiner and take the line around anchor #1 and back to the carabiner. Clip the line back onto the carabiner and then over the tarp and repeat the process on the other side, only the other side is adjustable so you can take up slack and adjust the tarp back and forth over your hammock.
Thank you. I actually don’t use hammocks, but I’m just looking for a quick and easy way to string up a ridgeline for my tarp. Your written description sounds very precise, but I’m afraid I can’t form a mental picture of what it means. But, I rewatched your video a few times and I think I’m good to go. Thanks.
It took me way too long to figure out how you made that prusik knot and had it on the line but that was me, not you. Once it clicked in my brain I went outside and this idea worked perfectly. I need to tighten things up a bit and see how I need to adjust the caribeener but love it.
I use toggles (such as sticks) or a girth hitch around the webbing holding the eye using a eye splice in the ends of my zip-it ridgeline. One nice thing about a toggle is you can use it like a cleat and toss half hitches around each end.
Maybe why folks don’t like the continuous ridgeline is that it relies on friction to hold the chosen position, while the two-line form explicitly sets the positions. If I want to hold a particular fixed position, I’ll add another line on one end and prusik it partway up the V on the line running through the eye/grommet.
If I want to separate the ridgeline tension from the tarp tension, I’ll run it continuous through both corners, with both the adjusting end and the fixed end attached to the same corner (foot-end for example) and then use a prusik or something to tension the tarp (head end for example) to against the taut ridgeline.