12555Re: Hammock Stand
- Jan 26, 2006J.D. Hoessle wrote:
>I have *NOT* tried to duplicate the hammock-stand as of yet. BillI haven't been able to make it work with my ordinary tent stakes.
>mentions the potential problems with the stake and I looked at the
>text where it says something about "screwing" it into the ground.
They just pull out of the ground, even doubled up. We use some spiral
stakes for tying down airplanes that screw into the ground, and they
can withstand a lot of tension. They work okay in the backyard, but
they're also too heavy to take backpacking.
>Now you mention breaking your pole. Hmmmm.... Guess theBeing tubular, thin-walled, and small in diameter, trekking poles
>stress(es) of using that set-up are too much.
just don't stand up to a lot of bending moment. I had the two poles
set up as an A-frame, and they supported the hammock for a minute or
so, but then I moved or something and one of them just folded in
half. Lucky for me Komperdell sells replacement segments. 8^)
>IIRC, Risk's One-Pole method uses a 4" X 4"...I did the one-pole method with a 2"X4" last summer, and I suspect a
2"X2" might work. I'm learning to stiltwalk and my practice stilts
are made of #1 clear, knotfree, straight-grain 2"X2" fir. I'm
impressed with their strength.
Also, I've done the one-pole method with a downed branch I found, and
it was maybe 3" in diameter at the widest end and probably 1-1/2" at
the narrow end.
>So, Thanks for the feed back! Too much weight and too much stress.When I was a scout, lo these many years ago, our troop carried staves
>Better to find *TWO* trees and forget about that hammock stand idea
>except for backyard / car camping.
(or staffs, if you prefer) made from aluminum conduit (1-1/2" or 2",
I'm not sure which anymore) with crutch tips on the ends. They stood
up to all the stress a bunch of boys could subject them to. Bigger
diameter and thicker walls make that material a lot more resistant to
bending than a trekking pole. I wonder how heavy an A-frame stand
made from that would be? You could probably hammer one end of each
part flat and drill it so you could hinge them together with a bolt and nut.
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