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    Tarp with continuous ridgeline and packing it up for deployement

    So i want to start using a continuous ridgeline with my new Silpoly Dutch tarp. With my old tarp i had the tarp connected to a ridgeline with taught line hitch and packed it up like that. So when i deployed, i took one end of ridgeline out, tied to tree. Then i walked over to second tree and tied ridge line. Tarp was already connected, just had to slide off the snakeskin and stake it out.

    How do you do something similar if you have a continuous ridgeline?

    I'm thinking i leave the ridgeline passed through the one end of tarp grommet. Then i pull that line out wrap around tree and connect to tarp grommet. Than walk across to second tree and have same on other end. Wrap around tree and through grommet and then tie of to ridgeline for adjustment.


    Does this sound right? Or any better suggestions?

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    Two kinds of CRLs. One has a line from tree to tree with the tarp attached with some form of tensioners. The other starts at the first tarp end, goes around the first tree, back through both tarp ends, around the second tree, and then back to the tarp.

    Are you wanting to use the latter?

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    One reason I never took to CLR on tarps was the tangle on deployment. Easier to mange with snakeskins.
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    Tarp with continuous ridgeline and packing it up for deployement

    Nothing wrong with giving it a trial run, see if it works for you.
    Does your tarp have grommets? Sometimes grommets get pulled off tarp, while ridgeline is pulled tight.

    Confusing terminology—And it Ain’t Your Fault

    Some use term “continuous ridgeline” for one rope that goes from one tree to the other tree.
    Adjustments of tarp along this rope can be made with prusik loops, Nama Claws, and Dutch Bling.

    Others use the term “continuous ridgeline” for one rope that goes from one tree to the other tree and then after going around tree-goes back to connect to tarp—kind of like old time laundry lines stretched between apartment buildings. The laundry line was a continuous loop. When clothes had dried, clothes could be retrieved from laundry line by pulling rope to get clothes off the line.

    Adjusting tarp side to side over hammock, you would pull the rope either to right or left. The rope would grind a bit as it slides along backside of trees.

    It ain’t your fault!

    If your way works for you, great!

    Watch a few too many YouTube videos on this and other interesting topics.

    Buy Derek Hansen’s book about hammocks.

    Attend a couple group hangs to see many different riggings that all work to each hammock camper’s satisfaction.
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    I prefer a CRL, and do not find it hard to manage, either setting up or taking down. I have been using a similar setup from long before I got into sleeping in the trees, and it worked just as well on the ground back then. I use a Dutch hook now on one end. That is the last part packed up and the first part pulled out. It goes around the tree and hooks to itself. The I walk the rest of the tarp out of the stuff sack until I get to the other tree. That end of the line I use a truckers hitch on, or recently, a small piece of hardware whose name escapes me at the moment. Either way works great. In the middle of the line, my tarp is attached to the CRL with prusiks, one at each end of the tarp. Once the CRL is attached to each tree, the tarp is just hanging there in the middle, wrapped up by two loops of bungee to keep it manageable in wind and what not. Then I slide the tarp into position as needed, roll the bungee off each end and stake the sides down. I'm not fast or practiced by most standards, and it takes me about a min or two to accomplish from start to finish. Maybe a little more if I'm just using knots and no hardware. When its time to go, just unstake the sides, roll the bungee onto it, untie the truckers end and stuff it in the sack till I get to the dutch hook. Done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TominMN View Post
    Two kinds of CRLs. One has a line from tree to tree with the tarp attached with some form of tensioners. The other starts at the first tarp end, goes around the first tree, back through both tarp ends, around the second tree, and then back to the tarp.

    Are you wanting to use the latter?
    yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by TominMN View Post
    The other starts at the first tarp end, goes around the first tree, back through both tarp ends, around the second tree, and then back to the tarp.
    This is the first time I've heard of anyone doing this. You would need almost twice as much line and still need some kind of bling to hook it up, so can someone tell me the benefit of this setup over a single tree-to-tree line with either knots or bling?

    Also, I see most folks suspending their tarps from the CRL with prusiks or hardware but I tend to run the ridgeline under the tarp and pull it taught with prusiks. I guess I just don't like the droop and I get a couple more inches of height this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb_outdoors View Post
    This is the first time I've heard of anyone doing this. You would need almost twice as much line and still need some kind of bling to hook it up, so can someone tell me the benefit of this setup over a single tree-to-tree line with either knots or bling?

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    Like Phantom wrote, it works like one of those clotheslines on pulleys. You can slide the tarp to adjust it. True, not a lot of folks use this system but it's been around for a long time.

    Speaking of saving line. You might want to look into Turtle Ties as an alternative to Whoopies.
    Last edited by TominMN; 04-12-2021 at 12:29.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outdoor View Post
    yes
    Start with both ends free but through the split rings (or D-rings or whatever.) Go around the first tree and secure that end to the tarp. Walk to the other tree, pulling the tarp along the CRL as you go. Pull the CRL around the tree and tie off to the tarp, but not too tight. Position the tarp and then do the final tightening. The tarp is stowed with a loose end of the CRL at each end. Not everybody's cup of tea but it works.

    Most folks, me included, prefer the other single-line CRL over this. Others, of course, opt for separate lines. But that's not what you're asking about and I hope your thread doesn't turn into the pros and cons of one vs two.

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    I don't think you end up with much more line.

    there is only 1 line going from one end of the tarp to the other. THe line on one end is around a tree back to tarp and connected. You have to tie to a tree anyways.
    THe other end goes around tree back through tarp loop and attaches to self for adjusting. SO a little bit more line.

    It allows you, if i understand correctly, to move the tarp or center on the one end while tying off the last tie to tree.

    You don't have to go and adjust 2 prusiks to re center, or adjust 2 dutch fleas, wasps etc....

    I think that is how i understand it......

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