I decided to use the hiking pole to make a half pyramid and it worked great.
The cordage is still the doubled up 1.18mm cordage and it was a serious pain in the ass as I tried to deploy. The knots got tangled everywhere. What's great about this setup is that the tarp is 9x5.5 with plenty of room underneath. I will have to give this a try with a torso length pad, pillow, bivy and quilt.
The most important thing about this configuration is that it's compact and lightweight.