20461Re: [Hammock Camping] MacGyver report
- May 1, 2010Oh, wow. I have no idea where I could see a Hennessy hammock..... I'm a jillion miles from any outfitter at all, let alone one that sells Hennessy's. That's one of the problems I'm up against... I don't know how it was originally supposed to go.
Actually I looked at the how-to videos on their website and they do refer to elastic guy lines on the tarp. I think I'll replace them. The previous owner also sent me a caternary hexagonal rainfly he had made, and I've looked at the website to see how those are set up. I'm going out now to try that. I put my own guylines on it and they're not elastic.
I re-did the way the webbing was attached, just changed some of the hooks and rings. I feel pressure to get this worked out since I'm leaving a week from Monday to go hiking for a week. Oh, well, it's the AT... if I can't figure out the hammock, I'll sleep in the shelters. Maybe someone on the Trail can help me with the hammock. Except I think a lot of the thru-hikers will be taking a vacation to go down to Trail Days in Damascus during that week. Oh, well.
OK, here I go out back to the woods again.....
Thanks so much for the help and interest, Cara Lin and everyone!
From: Cara Lin Bridgman <shokulan@...>
Sent: Sat, May 1, 2010 2:43:44 AM
Subject: Re: [Hammock Camping] MacGyver report
You need to get a good look at a Hennessey Hammock straight from the
factory. Your's sounds as though the previous owner got some of the
strings mixed up when tinkering with it.
I have a Backpacker A-sym. Its stock tarp came with four black nylon
cords that ought to be suitable for converting to whoopie slings (i.e.
no core). The elastic tie-outs are not for the tarp; they are for the
hammock itself, to hold it open when you're inside and to reduce swing.
I usually do not use side tie-outs with my hammock.
By the way, I'd say there is a really good reason for making the
ridgeline out of something weaker than the cordage used in the rest of
the system. This way, it is only the ridgeline that breaks when you
overload the system. An adjustable ridgeline is good, since it will
help you find the sweet spot for you.
For where I hike, I need longer tree-huggers. I discovered the hard way
(hard for the tree, that is), that you absolutely to not want the
Hennessey spectra (or any other narrow-width rope) to come in contact
with the tree. Some of the trees I hang from have a DBH (diameter at
1.4 meter from the ground) of almost 2 m! Since many of the trees have
spongy bark, I also need something wider. I followed the advise of
someone on this forum (sorry, I've forgotten who) and bought 5-6 meters
of cheap 1-inch wide webbing, tying it into a big loop with a waterknot.
I loop this around the tree and tie the hammock to the ends. This
way, there are at least two lengths of strap around the tree--even if
the tree is big. This also reduces wear on the webbing, because the
rope attachment points vary with each hang. If I ever need to hang from
a really big tree (one that requires 6 people to hug), then I can untie
that knot and put knots on each end. If necessary, the webbing can
serve double-duty for crossing the sticky bits of landslide so
frequently encountered on Taiwan's trails.
> One thing I don't think I like is the elastic tie-out cords forthe fly. If I string them tight enough to hold the fly tight they're
so tight I'm afraid they'll break. What's the advantage of elastic
cords over non-elastic?
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