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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