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How to hang our tarps

 Staying high & dry in the woods means a comfortable nights sleep.

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If you are expecting heavy or blowing rains, you will want to rig the tarp is "storm mode", low & tight to the hammock. Ensure the prevailing winds are perpendicular to your tarp if at all possible. You do not want the tarp to act as a wind tunnel!  If the forecast is mild you can rig the tarp high for better visibility, air flow and protection from the dew.

Run your ridge line around the tree (height depends on weather) and adjust so that you have 8" to 12" of tarp beyond the end of the hammock. Secure the line. We recommend using "figure 9's" or Dutchware Tarp Fly's for easy set-up, adjustment and take-down.

Pull the opposite end of the tarp to the other tree and secure. Now step back and take a look at the tarp. Is it centered on the hammock? If not, adjust as necessary. Once centered, tighten until snug.

The side tie-outs are next. Again, depending on the weather, you can rig your sides high in the "porch mode" (using sticks or hiking poles) , or you can tie them close to the ground in "storm mode" for maximum protection. Note: If you are winter camping & expecting snow, raise your tarp at the ridge line to where the bottom edge is about a foot off the ground in "storm mode" so that the snow will shed off the tarp instead of weighing it down.

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