Never ceases to amaze me some peoples ingenuity,
Check out the klemheist for your ridgeline http://www.animatedknots.com/klemheist/index.php It's a version of a prussik, I find it grips better and you can add extra turns to increase friction depending on what cord you use. once in place it just stays there and works.
If you are using pegs or sticks to tie the tarp guy lines to, you can use the clove hitch effectively. Ultra quick to tie and untie.
I have guy lines with adjustable knots (three turn tautline) already on the tarp loops so I just de-hank and then clove hitch to a peg and then adjust tension at the tarp. If I have a tree nearby I Evenk and then adjust at the tarp.
Having the adjusters near the tarp also saves wandering round and round the whole outside of the guy lines chasing the tarp tension you are happy with. Also try adjusting on the diagonal. Adjust your ridgeline and tarp prussiks, then adjust left front then right rear, then right front and then left rear.
Great thing about wild camping/BC is you get to try and practice all sorts of stuff and eventually choose what works for you and knowledge weighs nothing.
Also it worth getting decent cord to tie knots in, cheaper stuff has caused me all sorts of problems in the past.
Good job getting out there! and having a go.
Last edited by lostplanet; 01-08-2012 at 19:54.
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