You’re already set up, having tied a bowline in the end of your ridgeline. The bowline loop that’s formed should be about as big as your fist.
So you are able to go around the tree, instead of running the end through and pulling it all the way through. Stick the entire bundle through and just pull that tight. Then run this down to the other end.
On this end I’m establishing my trucker hitch.
When you put your loop in and pull the bite from the other anchor point, you’ll notice that whenever you pull tension on this, your slipknot slides on the ridge line, and you don’t want that. This means you’ve created a loop and pulled from the wrong side. Create your loop, and then pull your bite through from the other anchor point. Now when you pull on it, it actually just tightens and doesn’t slip on the ridge line.
Establish your ridgeline starting with approximately a 25 to 30 foot length of paracord. Tie your half pitch on a bite, which is a quick release.
Go back to the other end and tie your loops. For the different shelter configurations, you want two Prusik loops on here, which makes sense when you get into setting up the poncho and different configurations. Use a six wrap Prusik. One wrap is a Girth Hitch. Two wraps is a four-loop Prusik. Three wraps is a six-loop Prusik.
Dress that down, making sure all of these are parallel and not crossing each other. Tighten it down. You should have a cross locking bar, and a fixed loop. Now slide that anywhere on this ridge line, and it should stay whenever tension is pulled against it. You need two of these, so tie another one right next to it because they can slide anywhere when you need them.
You want these set up on your ridgeline ahead of time though, for a quick deploy. Another positive is that bank line is tarred, there is has tar embedded in the line, so it sticks even better. It’s great for bow drill too.
We have our two wraps.
So you have 25 feet, maybe 30 feet of paracord and your two bank line loops on here. To set this up quickly and establish your five minute shelter, you need to know how to configure this to carry in your pack.
First things first, slide those Prusik loops up towards the bowline. Come down to the other end, untie the modified trucker’s hitch, pop that knot out, and move back to the bowline end. Take the bowline end and pull everything back through it. Leave the bowline in place, there’s no need to untie it.
The Prusik loops should be up towards the end of the bowline. You have your bow end with the overhand security knot and two Prusik loops pushed against it.
Lay that over the crook of your fingers and get that on the back side of my hand and out of the way.
With the remainder, do a figure-8 roll around your pinky and around your thumb. Keep doing that until you have about five to six feet left. Figure 8 roll. Once you’re down to about five feet, you’ll need to end towards your pinky. You will wrap from here back towards the Prusik. Carefully take it off of your fingers, and then hold it together. With that one end, start wrapping back up towards the Prusik end.
Once you’re down to the last couple of inches, tuck it back up underneath itself and tighten it down. This is how you will have this quickly and easily deployed when you find a set of trees to establish this ridgeline. Cordage is managed so as not to become tangled.
In a bug out scenario, when you’re trying not to be found, you wouldn’t use the orange paracord. You would use green. Orange makes it easier for demonstration purposes, and would be good for emergency survival. Instead of a camouflage tarp, you would use an orange, high visibility tarp.
Once you are set on your anchor, pull out a little bit of slack so you have enough room to get around the tree. Slide your Prusik’s down a little further to get them out of the way, come around, and put everything through. That creates your nearside, your first anchor.
Now walk it across, come around the anchor point. Figure out where you want your loop, maybe about a third of the way. Establish an overhand slip. Bring the end through once. Bring it through a second time to create that round turn that binds on itself. Pull it towards the other anchor.
Keep your shelter about waist high at the most. Put in your first hitch. For your second half hitch do it on a bite instead of pulling the entire end through, and that gives you a loop to establish your first corner.