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Atwood 1.18mm Micro Cord Uber Glow!

MLH Micro Guy Line Glow in the Dark Tensioners

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Atwood 1.18mm Micro Cord Uber Glow!

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Do you have some experience with it?
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I use the MLH micro tensioners. I’ve used Atwood cord and it is a great product, but the only experience I have with the GITD version is seeing it use by others once or twice and it seems to hold a glow reasonably well.

I have no idea about availability in Poland however.

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Thanks, you seem to be the first person recommending a glow rope while having some experience with one. Smile
The cost is quite high so it will be at the end of my list of the things to try – but I will put it there. Smile

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One caveat, I’ve only seen the GITD relatively early in the evening. If your main concern is drunks stumbling around at 2 AM, I have no idea how well it is still glowing at that point.

Honestly I’d probably just hang a red fauxton from the middle of the guyline.

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Agro wrote:
That’s what I intend to try this year. Smile

Sounds good. Btw, if you don’t mind my asking… your strange avatar. Can’t quite make out the detail. Someone’s head covered in aluminum foil?
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That’s what I intend to try this year. Smile

Sounds good. Btw, if you don’t mind my asking… your strange avatar. Can’t quite make out the detail. Someone’s head covered in aluminum foil?

That prevents them from reading my mind. Smile
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Btw, if you don’t mind my asking… your strange avatar. Can’t quite make out the detail. Someone’s head covered in aluminum foil?

Oh, good, so I’m not the only one who thought that.

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Btw, if you don’t mind my asking… your strange avatar. Can’t quite make out the detail. Someone’s head covered in aluminum foil?

Oh, good, so I’m not the only one who thought that.

Welcome to the club. Aside from the breakfast one, how many does that make? Wink

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Agro wrote:
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That’s what I intend to try this year. Smile

Sounds good. Btw, if you don’t mind my asking… your strange avatar. Can’t quite make out the detail. Someone’s head covered in aluminum foil?
That prevents them from reading my mind. Smile
Ah, but your eyes are exposed. To really do it right, you’d need to…

Some people like to sleep covered in aluminum foil.

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Security is always a matter of tradeoffs. With eyes covered usability suffers a lot.

I sleep in a Faraday cage. Side effect – no phone call will wake me up at night. Smile

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I really think you should consider the EL wire that ImA4Wheelr suggested. I don’t know how long the batteries last but you will not miss it in the dark. This model has slow and fast blinky modes.

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Agro wrote:
Security is always a matter of tradeoffs. With eyes covered usability suffers a lot.

I sleep in a Faraday cage. Side effect – no phone call will wake me up at night. Smile


I have this odd, curious feeling that you’re not kidding.
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xevious wrote:
Agro wrote:
Security is always a matter of tradeoffs. With eyes covered usability suffers a lot.

I sleep in a Faraday cage. Side effect – no phone call will wake me up at night. Smile


I have this odd, curious feeling that you’re not kidding.

Me kidding?
Never.

Anyway, I’m back from the festival.
I tried the glow tape, it didn’t work at all. There was too much light around killing night vision.
When I used a flashlight to charge them – they were visible. But not enough to catch attention of a sober person, let alone a drunk one.
Without chariging they were barely visible when I knew where too look. Useless in that setting.

So…a glow rope would probably work even worse.
I guess it takes some electricity to be visible in such setting.

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Agro wrote:
Me kidding? Never.

Anyway, I’m back from the festival.
I tried the glow tape, it didn’t work at all. There was too much light around killing night vision.
When I used a flashlight to charge them – they were visible. But not enough to catch attention of a sober person, let alone a drunk one. Without charging they were barely visible when I knew where too look. Useless in that setting.

So…a glow rope would probably work even worse.
I guess it takes some electricity to be visible in such setting.


It’s hard to know, because the brainwaves are totally cut off from the aluminum foil. Well, I guess that answers my question. Big Smile

Yeah, in your scenario it sounds like you need some low intensity flashing LED modules. You can buy them fairly cheaply from China these days. It’s just that deployment and recovery is tedious, depending upon how many guy lines you’re addressing. But at the same time, it may be too distracting, like some kind of carnival setup (little red flashing lights all over).
How about this? Motion sensor! Set up an LED light to shine onto the area, rigged up with a motion sensor to turn on at just the right time, before an inebriated fellow reaches the stumble point.

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Was just thinking… someone could just fidget something together out of a set of LED Christmas lights. Split the 3-wires into a strand of 2 (they “switch tracks” in the middle), and while they’ll all be in series, a cheap circuit that just dumps a quick HV pulse through ‘em every few seconds would be enough, and the battery would last a loooooooong time.

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I hate blinkies in general so they are not really for me…

I will surely try reflective rope. I already purchased it and it covers 70% of those passing by if not more.
For the rest? I still like throwies.
But I’m also thinking about ordinary solar lawn lights, $1.2 a piece and should do the trick. I paid more for lightweight pegs recently. Smile And the fact that they are NOT fancy is nice. Smile

Still thanks for the suggestions. Smile I love this forum. Smile

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I have also wanted to mark my tent’s guy lines. I have used HGV contour markings adhesive tape. It is sold in form of wide tape or 5cm squares, with different versions for rigid surfaces and tarpaulin. I have used squared one for tarpaulin, cut in half and attached to guy line.

Shown glued to guy line:

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I’ve used these before for marking various things, not tried them on guy lines though.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/AtomLight-Keyring-Kit-Marking-Function-UK-Made/...

or maybe something like these?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nite-glow-keyring-illuminates-colour/dp/B000EXZ...

I’m sure cheaper versions of both can be found somewhere.

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I remember seeing the first article about throwies…less than $1 a piece…it was quite a bit cheaper when I saw it.
But this has caught me by surprise:

Remotely controlled RGB throwies with 2*CR2032 batteries included, costing $1.1 a piece. OK, if you need a magned you need to add it. Wink

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Funny, but I was just looking for this thread…

Vipon has a bunch of vipons for “fairy lights” that can be looped around tie-down ropes, etc.

WW, CW, RGB, etc., mostly AA-powered.

Go crazy…

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12 hour glo sticks might do ya (duct tape most of it to minimize acquisition angst)

https://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Bright-Glow-Sticks-Earthquake/dp/B01GTU597I...

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Lightbringer wrote:
Funny, but I was just looking for this thread…

Vipon has a bunch of vipons for “fairy lights” that can be looped around tie-down ropes, etc.

WW, CW, RGB, etc., mostly AA-powered.

Go crazy…

I haven’t thought about that.
Quick estimation:
My large tent (the one that matters) has 10 guy lines. Say 15m total length.
Cut a 20m string into sections, wire together to a single USB plug, add some resistor to reduce output….sounds like an interesting solution. Smile
More involved than I’m willing to do now but I’ll keep that in mind for later. Thank you for this hint. Smile
As to strings themselves – Ali is still cheaper than even these deals (and for me – much easier as well). My recent purchase was a 20m remotely controlled string for $3.64

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Starkm32 wrote:
12 hour glo sticks might do ya (duct tape most of it to minimize acquisition angst)

https://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Bright-Glow-Sticks-Earthquake/dp/B01GTU597I...


Thanks for the suggestion, but 10 sticks per night would definitely be too much waste…
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You can get them on the cheap, in bulk. Not Amazon.

Come to think of it, Agro, stakes/ropes & drunks were the reasons my tents
Became selfstanding tents. You can pitch them in 10 minutes, or less.

No ropes, drunks, pass on bye.

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You can get them on the cheap, in bulk. Not Amazon.

Yeah, quick search gave me 100 pcs for $8 shipped. But it’s about the waste rather than price.
Something that can be recharged and used over and over seems just better.
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Most of my tents are equipped with reflective cord, gitd stuff never seems to work long enough when sun sets to be any useful.

Glow sticks are kinda nice, these are cheap: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32616673473.html
I can confirm that they can glow even 48 hours and more, but single use so kinda waste again. Maybe tritium trinkets, expensive, but no need to replace anytime soon.

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I haven’t thought about that. Quick estimation: My large tent (the one that matters) has 10 guy lines. Say 15m total length. Cut a 20m string into sections, wire together to a single USB plug, add some resistor to reduce output….sounds like an interesting solution. Smile More involved than I’m willing to do now but I’ll keep that in mind for later. Thank you for this hint. Smile As to strings themselves – Ali is still cheaper than even these deals (and for me – much easier as well). My recent purchase was a 20m remotely controlled string for $3.64

Wellp, those doodads also come in usb-powered, not just AA. I usually go by LED-count. So 600 LEDs (2×300) cost me something like 13bux.

Difference is that I got these in like 4 days (non-prime), not 4 months.

And the controllers not only let you do fades, blinks, etc., but you can also throttle down the brightness, too. So on minimum, you should still be able to see the lines quite clearly in the dark, and get decent battery life.

And being that they’re 3×AA or 4.5V, I imagine they might work with a Li cell (haven’t tried it yet, though).

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Lightbringer wrote:
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I haven’t thought about that. Quick estimation: My large tent (the one that matters) has 10 guy lines. Say 15m total length. Cut a 20m string into sections, wire together to a single USB plug, add some resistor to reduce output….sounds like an interesting solution. Smile More involved than I’m willing to do now but I’ll keep that in mind for later. Thank you for this hint. Smile As to strings themselves – Ali is still cheaper than even these deals (and for me – much easier as well). My recent purchase was a 20m remotely controlled string for $3.64

Wellp, those doodads also come in usb-powered, not just AA. I usually go by LED-count. So 600 LEDs (2×300) cost me something like 13bux.

Difference is that I got these in like 4 days (non-prime), not 4 months.

And the controllers not only let you do fades, blinks, etc., but you can also throttle down the brightness, too. So on minimum, you should still be able to see the lines quite clearly in the dark, and get decent battery life.

And being that they’re 3×AA or 4.5V, I imagine they might work with a Li cell (haven’t tried it yet, though).

I got one xmas light string too, nice warm white tint, with all those blinky-blinks and stuff, but I did that mistake and ordered it with battery case so I am going to get it into usb powered. Not sure if that works, but not much to lose.

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Starkm32 wrote:
Come to think of it, Agro, stakes/ropes & drunks were the reasons my tents
Became selfstanding tents. You can pitch them in 10 minutes, or less.

No ropes, drunks, pass on bye.

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I bought my first tent for the Pol’and’Rock festival (named “Woodstock” back then). It was the cheapest tent from Decathlon that I meant as a throw-away item, I didn’t mean to take it back. I chose a reasonable brand because I wanted some waterproofing. But it fared so well that I took it home and used for a few trips. I used to call it my studio apartment.

Later I grew to desire more space. I purchased a Fjorn Nansen Bastia 3. It was a great combination of comfort, low weight, ease of setup and price. It is not self-standing, needs some nails. It came with 8 guy lines and 20 nails (plus spare). I removed all the guy lines and usually used just 5 nails. 4 was minimum, sometimes I would use up to 8 (bad weather + several days). So it had the same footprint as a freestanding tent…and I indeed had few troubles with people stomping on it. But not zero. Wink

Most of my camping trips have been with it. I call it a 2-room apartment (in polish: M2).

But as I grew older I desired something with standing height. And so I got a villa…and started worrying more about drunks. For a large tent this one is quite simple and easy to set up (but still not as quick as I hoped for, definitely no good for 1-night stands). And it really needs to be well attached to the ground.

Yes, I can take the smaller tent but I’d rather have the comfort of the larger one. Smile

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