How To Rig A Hammock Tarp Or Rainfly | TentClubs

The hammock tarp is an essential part of a hammock. People who go for a camping trip with a hammock can’t deny the importance of the hammock tarp or rainfly. If you own a tarp another issue that might make you worry is how to rig it.

In this article, we will show you the importance of a hammock tarp and how to rig it in the easiest way. There are several things to know about a hammock tarp or rainfly before moving to the rigging part. We will briefly analyze those below.

Reasons why hammock tarps are important

There are certainly some logical reasons why the rainfly or tarp has become an essential part of a hammock. Most people think that the only purpose of a rainfly is to protect them from the rain. Of course, its primary objective is to protect you from the rain but it also protects you from other things.

A hammock tarp is made for shielding from rain, sunrays, and snow. To be honest, there are some other things too why you’ll need a hammock tarp during wild camping. It is like a roof to the hammock and that means it will protect you from leaves, falling insects, and even bird’s poo.

Moreover, the hammock tarp protects you from humidity and allows ventilation that is important for your health. Protection from humidity also ensures prolonged life to the camping gears. So, after you consider all these you’ll certainly admit how essential the hammock tarps are for a trip.

Remember to buy a tarp that covers your hammock properly.

Rigging a hammock tarp

Tying the ridgeline

The most important part of rigging a hammock tarp is to set up the ridgeline for hanging it above the hammock. Securing the ridgeline means stable hammock tarp above your head. Tarps from almost all shapes and size require a ridgeline to be settled on. Let’s move to the steps to tie the ridgeline.

  • Tie two half-hitch knots both side of the cord or rope and insert it with the edge line of a tarp.
  • Wrap the rope around the tree that you selected and mount the hammock tarp with the tree.
  • Take your rope and get it through the tarp before doing the previous steps.
  • Slide your tarp along the ridgeline to adjust in the center.
  • Ensure proper tension to the ridgeline.

A classic hammock tarp setup

The best way to hang a classic hammock tarp is to follow the sloped roof process. This method’s name expresses its characteristics. The main distinct part of this method is its stronger builds with the ridgeline as you have to peg it on the ground symmetrically to ensure enormous tension. However, setting up the ridgeline is most important to hang the hammock tarp.

A triangular hammock tarp setup

Triangular shaped hammock tarps are usually made for windy conditions. These tarps can protect you in rough weather. You can also prefer a diamond-shaped hammock tarp if necessary. The diamond shaped tarps are also suitable for windy condition.

Use the pegs depending on the angles of your hammock tarp. Tighter pegging ensures better sailing in the wind. There’s usually sealing option available for this types of tarps. So, you can also seal your hammock with it known as storm mode.

Conclusion: The perfection of a hammock camping lies within appropriate preparation. A hammock tarp is always beneficial when you’re having a trip. Just follow this article properly to gain better knowledge about rigging a hammock tarp.