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5 X 8 Tarp Guyline Lengths
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Max Hoagland
(maxhoagland) - F
5 X 8 Tarp Guyline Lengths on 07/11/2009 14:47:37 MDT Print View

What are lengths of your guylines for a small tarp? Does anybody use long guylines so that they can adjust the tension, or do most people have set lengths for their guylines?


Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
re: 5 X 8 Tarp Guyline Lengths on 07/14/2009 20:20:34 MDT Print View

Max, I have had great luck using 8 pieces of 3 feet kelty trip tease for my 5x8 ID tarp. I tie a bowline knot in each end.

IIRC I picked up my methods from RJ's Lightweight Backpacking and Camping book. I do not attach any lines to the tarp until they are used.

Typically I will take stake down the 2 rear corners. Then I use 2 pieces on each side. I string 2 pieces together and use these piece (now 6 foot lengths) on each end. This uses all 8 pieces.

Here is a pic of the tarp setup using 8 pieces of cord.


In the morning I remove all all pieces and wind them around my stakes.


Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: 5 X 8 Tarp Guyline Lengths on 07/14/2009 20:34:57 MDT Print View

I have eight lines approximately five feet in length for my GoLite Poncho/Tarp. There is a bowline and a ZPacks mini-biner on one end and a tautline hitch on the other end.

I am toying around with putting triangular linelocks on the lines. In the morning, I fold each line in quarters and tie a slipped overhand over the folds. Each line is stored unconnected to the other. To set the tarp up, I attach the 'biner, the pull out the slipped overhand and stake as necessary.

I like having the tautlines because it allows tension without noticeable weight gain. I can also tie a clove hitch (tied using loops) a la Ray Jardine.

If I was using a small non-poncho'd tarp, I would use shorter lines, especially on the side guys - perhaps around three feet.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
5x8 Tarp Guyline lengths on 07/14/2009 22:58:12 MDT Print View

Corner guylines I use 18 inch long lengths....
Side guylines I also use 18 inch long....
Ridgelines I use 10ft to 8ft long...Front and back
I have a Equinox 6x8 tarp and a GG Spinntwinn 8x10 tarp...

My 2 cents worth of spectra cord

Jason Brinkman
(jbrinkmanboi) - MLife

Locale: Idaho
Re: 5x8 Tarp Guyline lengths on 07/15/2009 00:39:34 MDT Print View

I use 2 to 3 footers on the sides and 5 to 6 footers on the ends. I also tie bowlines in them to tension, although I am liking the looks of MLD mini line locks.

Too long of side lines allow for too much flapping if it's windy. Too short of side lines unnecessarily limit stake positions in rocky terrain.