1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Tarps, are yours pre-rigged with guylines or not?

Discussion in 'Kit Chatter' started by Imagedude, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Imagedude

    Imagedude Full Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2011
    Messages:
    1,957
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Gwynedd
    Do you leave guy lines on your tarps or do you add the lines as needed? Do you use guy line runners to tension them or do you rely on knots?
     
  2. The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2010
    Messages:
    2,320
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Sunny Wales!
    Simple loops on the end with overhand knots. Then larks footed through the eyes depending on how I want to pitch the tarp for the time.

    Saves tangles, takes a few more seconds.
     
    MrEd likes this.
  3. _Geraint_

    _Geraint_ Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2008
    Messages:
    48
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Lancashire
    Always tied and using tensioners from Helsport. I do know the knots if need be though. I've just gotten into using tarps so only time will tell if it stays that way but I prefer it at the moment.
     
  4. SimonM

    SimonM Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2007
    Messages:
    4,014
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    East Lancashire
    I use several tarps, so have a dry bag with accessories in.

    It contains,

    ridge lines x2 - 1 goes under the tarp as an accessory hanger.
    guy lines
    tent pegs
    prussic loops

    Ridge lines are attached to the tarp using mini crabs, with a prussic loop on the outer ones to keep it taut.

    Guy lines have a loop of shock cord on the end, so self tension, then a mini crab to attach to the tarp.

    I use sliding knots to adjust the guy line tension, not adjusters.

    Simon
     
  5. lou1661

    lou1661 Full Member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2004
    Messages:
    1,938
    Likes Received:
    42
    Location:
    Hampshire
    I have my tarps pre-rigged and use knots to tension the guy lines, it seems to work well for me.

    Louis
     
  6. garethw

    garethw Settler

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2010
    Messages:
    597
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Guignicourt, France
    Hi there
    Yep tarp ready rigged. Ridge line tensioned with prussik loops, and 4 guys, one in each corner that I just tension using an adjustable sliding knot.
    I've tried several ways and this is the quickest to put up and when it comes to packing away I do it Ray Mears style, using the ridge line to bind the tarp and thus make it more compact. My tarp and hammock fit nicel into a PLCE pocket on my pack.
    cheers
    Gareth
     
  7. smokyjoe

    smokyjoe Tenderfoot

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2012
    Messages:
    85
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    london
    All pre rig for me, I only use knots as I do enjoy tying them
     
  8. Squidders

    Squidders Full Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2004
    Messages:
    3,853
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Harrow, Middlesex
    Until now mine were pre rigged and I just used knots. I just got lots of dutchware bits though and will have lines etc off my tarps and not use knots... No idea if I will like it yet though.
     
  9. Outdoordude

    Outdoordude Native

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2012
    Messages:
    1,099
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Kent
    I leave the guy lines on. I just roll them up. It can be a bit of faff but oh well. I use a bowline to tie them to the tarp.
     
  10. Squidders

    Squidders Full Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2004
    Messages:
    3,853
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Harrow, Middlesex
    Hanking lines up well can be a massive time saver.

    i always make a figure 8 around my pinkie finger and thumb and pull a loop through and over the top of the pinkie finger eye. The figure 8 means it never snags.
     
  11. monkey spanner

    monkey spanner Forager

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2010
    Messages:
    160
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    kent
    Plus 1..... :)
     
  12. Gaudette

    Gaudette Full Member

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2012
    Messages:
    866
    Likes Received:
    13
    Location:
    Cambs
    After several years trying all sorts of ways. I settled on my set up at the beginning of last year and used it all through the year and it suits me well. Figure of 9's on each corner. Guylines attached to lightweight stakes with a small carabiniers. Ridgeline has a carabinier one end and a figure of 9 the other.
     
  13. Mesquite

    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2008
    Messages:
    22,838
    Likes Received:
    552
    Location:
    ~Hemel Hempstead~
    That's what I do as well as it's also dependent on what tarp I'm using as well
     
  14. bilmo-p5

    bilmo-p5 Maker Plus

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2010
    Messages:
    8,168
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    west yorkshire
    My usual thing ...

    [​IMG]

    2 of about 5m & 2 about 3m.
     
    #14 bilmo-p5, Jan 13, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2013
  15. Big Stu 12

    Big Stu 12 Full Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2012
    Messages:
    6,025
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Ipswich
    My tarp's all have their own pre-rigged outer ridge line, and an inner ridge line, they all have the four corners with normal line and runners, as these break I replace with a rig made from paracord with cam cleats, which i keep a couple pre-made, in my response pack, any other additional lines i add and take off as I need.

    I secure them to the loops with Larks heads
     
  16. Dave

    Dave Hill Dweller

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2003
    Messages:
    6,019
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Brigantia
    Ive had a few tarps, some with line locs/guy runners I leave on, to use with trekking poles, and others without. Actually on the attachment points of the tarp, I have small 2mm dyneema loops, in a simple overhand knot, so I can take extra line with me, and just do a simple loop to loop connection. Normally with 4m guys. I use a selection of hitches, I prefer a simple truckers hitch, for a ridgeline, [10m] where you can double or triple the mechanical advantage, with some smaller diametre dyneema, attached permanatly via prussiks. Again use a slippery hitch, or a tautline hitch to attach to the pegs/trees. Hank the line in a figure 8 round thumb and little finger when packed away.

    I also carry a selection of different cords and line in a stuff sack. So i have cheaper 'throwaway' stuff with me, for tieing logs together, for instance, using a simple butchers knot or arbor knot.
     
    #16 Dave, Jan 13, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2013
  17. knifefan

    knifefan Full Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2008
    Messages:
    1,048
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    I keep all my guys and bits in a ditty bag. Mainly due to the fact I never know how Ill pitch it till i get to a site. I hardly use a ridge line nowadays as I tend to use my hiking poles and pitch tent style!!

    Sent from my GT-N7000 using Tapatalk 2
     
  18. Scots_Charles_River

    Scots_Charles_River Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2006
    Messages:
    3,217
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    paddling a loch
    Each attachment point eye has 5m+ of paracord on and rolled up with guy lines too.

    Much easier if it's raining when you want to setup somewhere.
     
  19. Shewie

    Shewie Mod
    Mod

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2005
    Messages:
    24,255
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Mine are permanently attached, I sometimes use hardware and sometimes just knots, it depends which tarp I'm using.
     
  20. copper_head

    copper_head Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2006
    Messages:
    4,261
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Hull
    I have mini-karibiners on prussic loops attached to my ridgeline, then I can attach my tarp in any configuration I want. Plus a 4m paracord guy on each corner of the tarp.
     

Share This Page