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Can't get a taut ridgeline?
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Elijah Ziemann
(MrBlondyable) - F
Can't get a taut ridgeline? on 04/19/2013 12:33:25 MDT Print View

I just got in from practice pitching my DIY polycryo tarp. I pitched it A-frame. The tarp is 7 feet by 9 feet. Poles were about 45 inches. I used 8 tie outs, one on each pole, one in each corner, and one in the middle of the long sides. I took pictures, I'll post if needed, just let me know. By the way, this was my first time pitching A Frame. I've pitched half pyramid and lean to in the past with no problems.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Can't get a taut ridgeline? on 04/19/2013 13:21:04 MDT Print View

You want to use a taught line hitch or some other adjustable knot for your ridge line and tie outs.

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Re: Can't get a taut ridgeline? on 04/19/2013 14:53:59 MDT Print View

If your tarp is a flat tarp it's hard to get a taught ridgeline in an a-fram pitch. This is why so many tarps are made with caternary curves in the ridgeline and sides.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Can't get a taut ridgeline? on 04/19/2013 19:34:19 MDT Print View

yes, post pictures ...

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Taut Ridge-line? on 04/19/2013 20:22:43 MDT Print View

Line Locks really help in a taut ridge-line. After you first set it up it will sag after while. Come back later on a use the line locks for re-doing the guy-lines.

Edited by Creachen on 04/19/2013 23:30:15 MDT.

Elijah Ziemann
(MrBlondyable) - F
Pics on 04/19/2013 21:50:06 MDT Print View

RidgelineSide view ridge line.Side view.

I used a tautline hitch on all of the guy lines.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Can't get a taut ridgeline? on 04/19/2013 22:15:54 MDT Print View

Hard to tell but that is probably as good as I would get it.
The wrinkles at the top corners are caused by the mid guyout.
Have a bit less tension there.

Daniel Fish

Locale: PDX
... on 04/19/2013 22:34:15 MDT Print View


Edited by on 06/09/2013 01:28:30 MDT.

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: Can't get a taut ridgeline? on 04/20/2013 05:46:27 MDT Print View

Your pitch looks pretty darn good to me. Like Franco, I couldn't do better unless I get lucky.