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Elizabeth Tracy
(mariposa) - M

Locale: Outside
Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 12:43:16 MDT Print View

Just got a Lightheart Solo. It has 8 guyline tie-out points.

I'd like to replace the guylines it came with with something lighter. (And, preferably, neon yellow or orange and reflective.)

Found this helpful chart that others at BPL have referred to:
http://photos.airpost.net/lines.htm

...Then found some discussion on here about how most guylines on the market (including those listed at link above) are stronger/wider/heavier than many of you think necessary.

...Then found discussion about the fact that, on the other hand, if you want to buy "Line Locks" you do have to get the fatter (~0.3 mm) guylines. I am not familiar with why Line Locks might be superior to other solutions that allow guyline length adjustments.

What is your favorite combo of guyline and adjustment doohicky?

I camp in a lot of rocky soil and granite (the High Sierra). So being able to EASILY adjust the length of the guyline to make it stake-able in a given site is a high priority.

- Elizabeth

Trace Richardson
(tracedef) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
line locs on 09/19/2013 13:02:12 MDT Print View

You shouldn't need 3 mm line for line locs ... the 1.25 mm z-line you will see on zpacks site: (http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/spectra_cord.shtml ) is their standard line on their tents and it works well with the micro line locs that are also on that page. I just replaced mine with their 2.3 mm glow line and some micro line locs that are glow in the dark ... even though the bigger line is overkill ... it's reflective ..... :)

Some people will mention you need larger line if you are using various hitch knots or similar in place of a line loc .... in my experience line locs are a no brainer for the minimal weight gain .... especially in cold or wet weather for ease of use as opposed to messing with a knot ...

Hope this helps.

Corbin Camp
(heycorb)

Locale: Southeast
Locks on 09/19/2013 13:05:47 MDT Print View

If you really want to go ultralight, old-school knots work just fine. A taut line isn't hard to tie and will hold in most conditions. Just make sure your line isn't something too slick (like pure Spectra). The triangle shaped Micro linelocs you can get from ZPacks work really well too if you want something knot free.

Richard May
(richardmay)

Locale: Costa Rica
pre-cut lines on 09/19/2013 13:23:43 MDT Print View

All my lines are cut to 1m (3 feet) with bowline knots at each end (an overhand with a loop will work too). At setup time (I use a poncho-tarp) tie the line to the attachment points and stake it down at the end. When the tarps sags (it does after a while, especially if wet) I just re-stake a little tighter.

I don't use any knots. With a dedicated tarp you can even leave the lines attached.

I can pitch at three heights: down to the ground (no lines), low (lines folded in half, stake through both bow-line loops), and high (using the full length of the line).

A nifty trick I just learned is to stake out the corners with the half length lines and the mid-points with full lengths.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: pre-cut lines on 09/19/2013 13:33:22 MDT Print View

The only problem with moving the tent stake out is, where I go it's often difficult to get a stake pounded in because of rocks. Sometime I have to try different spots until I finally find a spot a stake will go in all the way. Not practical to pound in exactly where needed, and if I get it in, I don't want to have to move it if the tent goes slack.

Dyneema line is stiffer so taut line hitch works good.

William Chilton
(WilliamC3) - MLife

Locale: Antakya
Micro line locs and lineloc 3s on 09/19/2013 13:43:39 MDT Print View

I think there might be some confusion here between micro line locs and lineloc 3s. Micro line locs will take guy line between 1 and 3 mm in diameter, but you can only use them to decrease the line to half its maximum length, so they're best for long lines. Lineloc 3s need a guy line between 2 and 3 mm (subject to debate and depending on how grippy the cord is), but you can take the length og the guy line right down to zero, so they're bet for short lines.
Or there are knots you can use in place of either, but they are a bit less convenient.

Richard May
(richardmay)

Locale: Costa Rica
Re: pre-cut lines on 09/19/2013 13:46:17 MDT Print View

> where I go it's often difficult to get a stake pounded in because of rocks

Yep, a few good knots are good to know.

I also like this system on Andrew Skurka's site:

My guyline system for tarps
http://andrewskurka.com/2012/tarp-guyline-system/

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: pre-cut lines on 09/19/2013 14:23:45 MDT Print View

good idea to do "slippery" knot

for a tautline hitch, do two regular turns, then for the final turn, just put a loop through so you can yank on the line to undo it.

Lyan Jordan
(redmonk)

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 14:25:05 MDT Print View

I leave loops at the end of my line.
It's easier to hitch up some large rocks than use stakes.

When the shelter sags, move the rock away until it's taut again.

Very light line provides very light performance when being abraded against rocks.

I like the line locs that attach to the shelter, they give full use of the line length, and are easy to use.

d k
(dkramalc) - MLife
Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 14:43:03 MDT Print View

When I asked a similar question a couple of years back, I got similar advice and so ordered a roll of braided mason line (neon green) from Amazon, which I have used quite a bit. It's a good, cheap, lightweight way to practice with knots (I use a tautline hitch but may have to experiment with the Skurka method linked to up above). And I think it would be strong enough for a Lightheart Solo in the Sierra, at least under the conditions I've experienced.

Erik G
(fox212) - F

Locale: THE Bay Area :)
LineLoc 3 FTW on 09/19/2013 14:45:06 MDT Print View

I use HMG's 2.8mm spectra core for my guylines, mostly because they came with the tarp along with LineLoc 3's. I really like using LineLoc's instead of knots. I find it much easier to set up quickly and get a good tight pitch (and keep it that way). I have bowline loops at the end of each guy line, and keep my guy lines attached to my tarp.

Those who mentioned the difference between micro line locks and LineLoc 3's are correct. The LineLoc 3 will work with most cord down to ~2.5mm. IMO the LineLoc 3's are a little less finicky to use, and offer greater adjustability than adjustable knots or micro line locks. Micro line locks and adjustable knots (tautline, adj. grip hitch) can only shorten guy lines by about half the original line length. LineLoc 3's can adjust lines from full length to zero length (just the loop at the end of the line).

Edit: Cool tent! :)

Edited by fox212 on 09/19/2013 14:46:02 MDT.

Mole J
(MoleJ) - F

Locale: UK
confusion on 09/19/2013 14:53:52 MDT Print View

yeah. like William says. There is confusion .

Lineloc 3 ( made by nexus) need 2.5mm + line otherwise they will slip when wrt at at tension. OLD only supply 3mm line for use with these as they understand the issues with thinner line.

Lineloks (note the K)are sold (made I believe) here in the UK by Clamcleats who make various gizmos for line fixing for many applications. The micro version work with small diameter line. With thin line, the grooves do wear bigger over time IME (UK winds) and need using with larger line.

ZPacks and others incorrectly name them as Line Locs not Lineloks ...

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
re: Educate me on guylines on 09/19/2013 14:54:29 MDT Print View

I generally use the Skurka method, especially with a cuben tarp (no stretch with those!). I've been very happy with it, it's strong, very light weight and very versatile.

I have some MLD silnylon tarps as well, and I use their standard line lock system, with the thicker (3 mm?) cords. This system, with what seem to be a slightly oversized cord, works well, and is easily adjustable without even getting out from under the tarp. An extra ounce or two, but after all, if I'm carrying those, it's for a reason other than super light weight!

Mole J
(MoleJ) - F

Locale: UK
good info on 09/19/2013 14:56:17 MDT Print View

Good info by Eric

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 16:13:38 MDT Print View

Here is my less-than-technical answer:

My hexamid came with the uber thin dyneema lime green cord and I added the micro line locs. It was better than the knots, because I have some sort of genetic disease that does not allow me to tie any knot at all. Except my shoes, I can tie those. But still fussy, and I had a very difficult time tensioning or loosening the locs once the line was under tension. I would have to remove it from the stake to change the length.

My duomid came with the line loc 3s, and I used the orange glowire from Lawson. Wow is that much easier! It's still pretty thin, I can't imagine it costs me THAT much in weight...because in terms of ease of use it blows the other one out of the water.

My un technical 2 cents.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 16:29:16 MDT Print View

"I have some sort of genetic disease that does not allow me to tie any knot at all."

Hmmm. Some sort of dyslexia for the digits.

There is a DNA screening test for that now.

One dependable cure is a U.S. Army mountaineering school.

--B.G.--

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 16:39:24 MDT Print View

I also have a ZPacks Hexamid When I got it, the first thing I did was to change the guylines to the reflective type. That's partly because I couldn't get the ZPacks cord to hold a knot (taut line hitch or any other) and mostly because I've had several instances in which the reflective guylines were the only way I could find my camp in the dark. Since I didn't weigh the tent until after the change, I don't know how much weight, if any, the reflective guylines added. I'm sure it's no more than if I'd bought ZPacks' line locks, which would have been necessary otherwise.

And E
(LunchANDYnner) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Lawson's GloWire on 09/19/2013 16:48:59 MDT Print View

I gotta plug Lawson Kline's GloWire here. It's crazy bright even without the tracers reflecting light. You can see comparisons between triptease and GloWire on sticks blog, etc.

Plus, it's made in the US, and cheap. Sure it's probably more line than one needs (225 lbs max load) but it's really nice.

LineLocs definitely make life a lot easier. Aside from gram counting, you won't notice the weight gain from having a few of them.

Edited by LunchANDYnner on 09/19/2013 16:50:18 MDT.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 19:40:52 MDT Print View

"I have some sort of genetic disease that does not allow me to tie any knot at all."
...
One dependable cure is a U.S. Army mountaineering school.


I usually reject dichotomies out of hand but ... In my experience there are two kinds of people, Knot People and those who are not.

Perhaps the Army knows magic I haven't yet found but I've never had success teaching knots to the second group.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 19:56:45 MDT Print View

Jim, I'm a frayed knot. I've just been stringing you along.

Rope trainees were well motivated to learn a few simple knots. If they didn't learn, they became the third kind of people, training casualties.

--B.G.--

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Re: Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 20:35:35 MDT Print View

It's funny actually, especially because I'm quite good at physics, biomechanics, etc. I'm usually a very visual person...but I can stare at knots, step-by-step instructions, whatever...and it just doesn't register in my brain. At all.

I even have an awesome app from Columbia that has step by step instructions...doesn't seem to help. But it is a cool app.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 20:41:56 MDT Print View

Jennifer, you might get some good out of a closely supervised hands-on session. Also, if you are a beginner knotter, it helps a lot if you have two ropes of contrasting color, like one black one and one white one. That helps to burn the visual image into your gray matter.

Cool apps aren't much good if they don't help you get the job done.

The average 14-year-old boy scout can learn this, so I'll bet you can also.

--B.G.--

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 20:54:11 MDT Print View

bowline - "the rabbit goes out of the hole, around the root, and back in the hole again"

Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 20:58:09 MDT Print View

Um...
Camo tarp from Harbor Freight, bundle of paracord from surplus store. Guylines tied permanently to MSR groundhogs. Pound stake, lead cord towards tarp grommet, Alpine butterfly about three feet from tarp, feed cord through grommet, back toward butterfly, through butterfly, back toward tarp, slipped tautline hitch.

Adjustable without getting wet. Versatile pitches. Cheap. Light enough. Nothing to break.

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Re: Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 21:04:45 MDT Print View

> I usually reject dichotomies out of hand but ... In my experience there are two kinds of people, Knot People and those who are not.

There are two other kinds of people: those who reject dichotomies, and those who don't.

There are also GITD Micro Guy Line Tent / Tarp tensionsers sold on ebay by MLH. I like these a lot.

Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 22:56:50 MDT Print View

@Jen: You're in Texas now; you gotta at least learn how to make a noose! YeeHaw!

Just kidding, but seriously... if we ever manage to meet up, I'll teach you two knots and one hitch that you can use all sorts of ways. I'm a good teacher.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 23:05:19 MDT Print View

"Just kidding, but seriously... if we ever manage to meet up, I'll teach you two knots and one hitch that you can use all sorts of ways. I'm a good teacher."


This sounds pretty serious....
Meeting up, tying knots, talks of getting hitched. AND he's a good teacher...

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 23:13:38 MDT Print View

But, he's from Central Texas. You won't know if he is serious unless he invites you to go with him to the gun range.

--B.G.--

Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Re: Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 23:20:41 MDT Print View

Kat, you stop that right now. I'm an honorable man and I love my girlfriend and son.

Actually, practicing knots and hitches with my girlfriend may have been a contributing factor in making our son....

Anyway, Jen has way more backcountry experience than I do, and I'm sure she has a lot to teach me! But I was in Boy Scouts and the Navy, and I did live on a sailboat for a while, so I know a bit about knots. Oh, and I can splice rope, too.

@BG: No gun range for me. I'm all for the disarming of US citizens. The second amendment is outdated and needs to be repealed. *ducks*

edited by request.

Edited by pitsy on 09/20/2013 11:21:21 MDT.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Re: Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 23:33:32 MDT Print View

I was joking...

But given that you continue to call me cat pee, you had it coming.

Edited by Kat_P on 09/19/2013 23:39:17 MDT.

Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 23:41:01 MDT Print View

I know. I get a kick out of feigning 'righteous indignation' on the internet. It's really hard to hurt my feelings or 'get my goat'. My goat is damned-near ungettable.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/19/2013 23:42:48 MDT Print View

"No gun range for me. I'm all for the disarming of US citizens. The second amendment is outdated and needs to be repealed. *ducks* "

Daniel, there are enough second amendment advocates around here that you might need to head underground for a while.

--B.G.--

Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Educate me on guylines and line locks on 09/20/2013 00:04:30 MDT Print View

Oh, I'm not saying I don't know how to use a gun if it comes down to it.... I am a Texan, after all. I could have a rifle in my hands in ten minutes if the shit hits the fan.

But the most advanced weaponry I allow under my roof is a machete, which I keep handy for zombies and/or Mormons.

Elizabeth Tracy
(mariposa) - M

Locale: Outside
Lawson's glowire in black, anyone use it? on 09/24/2013 21:37:52 MDT Print View

Is anyone using Lawson's glowire in black? Orange and green are out of stock, at the moment.

Do the bright tracers make up for the dark color?

Like many here, I like bright guylines so that I can avoid tripping over them both day and night; and also to locate the tent in the dark.

- Elizabeth