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todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Quickest way to perfect pitch? on 04/19/2009 19:58:47 MDT Print View

What is the quickest (& hopefully easiest) way to pitch a Spinntwin - shaped tarp?

My reason for asking is it takes me longer than it should, especially when windy. I end up adjusting and re-adjusting height, width between the stakes on ends, making everything just right for my bug net to fit perfectly underneath, etc.

Thank you in advance!

Todd

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Quickest way to perfect pitch? on 04/20/2009 09:14:09 MDT Print View

I pitch my tarp loose at first. I get the poles vertical, set the stakes just tight enough to hold everything up. Then I go around and re-set the stakes - this brings everything to a solid tautness.

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Quickest way to perfect pitch? on 04/20/2009 09:23:48 MDT Print View

I use the RayWay two-stick method. 'Scuse the name, but others will know the method. Here's the steps:

1. Stake down guy lines from two corners on one short end, approximately where they would be when you're done with everything. This is an estimate, naturally.
2. Go over to other side. Set up the pole and stake it down.
3. Stake down the corner guys for the side you just put the pole up.
4. Walk over to the other side. Set up the pole and stake it down. I usually make this the lower end of the tarp.
5. Stake down the side guys.
6. If you have side lifters (RayWay tarps, or MLD monk tarps), set up the poles and stake those.
7. Adjust guylines /w tautline hitches or mechanical tensioners.

If it is windy, put one person on each short end for holding. Otherwise throw your pack on it.

I need to put to some tensioners on my CatTarp2 later. I'll put those on and take some step-by-step photos.

Edited by citystuckhiker on 04/20/2009 09:42:12 MDT.

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: Re: Quickest way to perfect pitch? on 04/20/2009 10:30:37 MDT Print View

Thanks folks.

Matt: your step-by-step especially drives it home.

Thanks again,
Todd