15843Re: light weight hammock failure
- Sep 30, 2006I had a hammock "fail" on me once. It was the rope actually. I had
it pitched between two posts on a concrete patio. I was laying in it
just enjoying life. 2 milliseconds later I was flat on my back on
the concrete with agony blasting thru my elbows. One elbow wouldn't
quit hurting even months later. Finally I went to a doctor and got
it X-rayed. I had broken the tip of the elbow bone off, and it was
just floating around in there. It took minor surgery to remove it.
The doc had a sense of humor tho. While I was laying on the
operating table in a drugged stupor, he showed me the peice of bone
(about like a gristle covered Life Saver without the hole in it) and
asked me if I wanted it for anything. The anesthetic they had me on
made everything funny. We all had a good laugh.
So I am real wary of flimsy ropes, puny trees, weak knots, and worn
out or wimpy hammocks now. I would rather carry an extra pound or
two of weight than have my bed collapse under me out in the
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "tim garner" <slowhike@...>
> report time... the hammock i was using at hot springs let me down
> last night. thank the Lord, it let me down gently, so neither i or
> the exped dam were hurt.
> i looked back through the messages on this group to try & be
> of things like the weight of the fabric & when i made it. i stillcan
> only be approximant on those things, but at least it can serve asbut
> somewhat of an exsample. course we know there`s always varibles.
> anyway, i belive i made it back in early spring, but i`ve been
> using it on a regular basis for about 2 months. that includes
> backpacking/camping trips and nightly at home.
> i belive the fabric was about 1.5oz per sq yard.
> i figured it would fail somewhere along the length under my pad,
> it tore right at the knot.w/
> anyway, it had become my favorite hammock & i will make another
> the same dementions but of another fabric i found in the $1.00 binfabric.
> that`s got a really nice feel to it, but a stronger (& heavyer)
> the width is 48", & 10' from knot to knot. the next one will bewhiped.
> i liked the narrow width because i can see around just fine. i gota
> pretty flat lay in this hammock by hanging it tight (not much sag)&
> using the exped dam. so this put more force on the fabric.fabric as
> i probably wouldn`t have a problem w/ making another one from
> light as the one that just failed, but just use it for backpacking&
> not long-trem. ...tim
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