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    I have a couple tarps set up with a ridgeline with a Dutch hook and wasp. I use homemade soft shackles made out of zing-it and connected to the ridgeline with a prussic knot. The knots support the tarp. Since the soft shackles are only a couple inches long, passing the ridgeline through the D-rings wouldn't gain much. I didn't bother with using shock cord between the ridgeline and tarp, though I do make it a point to slide one of the prussic knots in a bit when stowing the tarp to ensure that it is not under tension the next time I go to set it up.


    Edit: Dutch hook, not clip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by docbrown View Post
    I have a couple tarps set up with a ridgeline with a Dutch clip and wasp.
    As I mentioned to the OP in post #4, I think you're using a Dutch hook, not a Dutch Clip. A dutch clip is used for hammock suspension, not tarp suspension.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    As I mentioned to the OP in post #4, I think you're using a Dutch hook, not a Dutch Clip. A dutch clip is used for hammock suspension, not tarp suspension.
    Sorry, yes. You're absolutely right. I have a Dutch hook.

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    i have ‘hanging high hammocks’ ridgeline. thin zing it with dutch hook on one end, dutch fly on the other, and two prussick soft shackles for the tarp rings. i have yet to sit in any high wind or rain, but the two prussicks hold the tarp d rings very well so far in moderate wind.

    i do shock cord loops on my guy lines. easiest to adjust against tension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KBr00ks View Post
    I honestly don't think I've seen shock cord loops being used to suspend the tarp from the ridgeline...? Maybe I missed a whole era of tarp suspension. I do see shock cord on the guylines (used as a short section of the line from tarp corners to stakes), as @Raladd said, and that's what I use -- mainly just in case I trip on one of the lines, but the bit of shock cord also helps take stress off the tarp if it's really windy.
    The Tato tarp connectors are one example using shock cord...

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    Quote Originally Posted by p0key View Post
    .... I see everyone using shock cord loops to suspend the tarp from the ridge line.... Am I missing something?
    I think you see now that you misinterpreted what you've read. Many people use shock cord for their guylines, but no one responded that they had shock cord in their tarp suspension lines, for exactly the reasons you proposed as being problematic!

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    Back when Dutch sold Reflect It, I spliced some 1/16” shock cord in the same way he does on his Internal Tarp Tensioner video, and then spliced that piece into a continuous loop. Since it’s a little elastic, but still has the strength of a 2mm rope, I put them at every connection point on my tarp, and the diameter is perfect for a line loc hook.
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