Re: [Hammock Camping] Hammock support lines
- Dennis, i've used some spectra rated to 560 lbs. it seems it was about 2mm, i
was unsure if it would be strong enough just like you so i decided to try and
break it a few times. i was able to break it by bouncing in my
hammock.(medium to heavy bouncing, i weigh 160 lbs. ) it obviously always
broke at a knot or a sharp bend. it seemed that it was more likely to break at
the knott that was tied to the tree, so it seems that it is best to wrap the tree a
couple of times(don't wrap the line and reverse direction like you see in ed's
book, i broke it at that sharp bend as well.). wrap the tree a couple of times all
in the same direction, this puts all the weight on the wraps, then you can tie it
off however you like and it shouldn't be weakened any on that end of the line,
but you still have to tie a knott to connect to the fabric. do some research on
the strongest knotts: fig 8, triple fishermans slip knot etc. also do some
research on hitches too, i read somewhere that the cow hitch is rediculosly
strong(i've never seen one though and don't know if it would be appropriate)
also a thing to remember is that spectra is way slick and probably won't hold
(the knott will slide) most friction knotts which may include all hitches ,
remember many knotts can weaken the the line by 50% so it is important to
use a strong one. there was just a post about knotts yesterday. also i've heard
of people doubling or tripleing the rope at the end where the knott is tied, then
tying the knot in the doubled rope this makes the knott bigger, and thus the
bends in it are not as sharp(sharp bends being what weakens the rope. i
would say that you are using the skinniest spectra that could possibly be
used. i used it for a while and it held up fine until i decided to break it, so you
could probably use it if you were real careful. i know the weight reduction is
insane, but i would probably go for the 3mm, which is still way light, i'm sure
you could use the 2mm until you can find the 3mm, just be careful. i have
decided against the single braid spectra for now, it's just so slick and there is
no sheath to protect the line. i'm using yale crystaline 3mm, broke the 2mm.
for uncovered spectra and high tech lines with sheaths check out apsltd.com(i
think) or search annapolis performance sailing. i'm still trying to figure out
what the best choice for lines are. you can save alot of weight by choosing a
light one, let me know what you decide on and how it works... Brandon
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Aris Dennis <apfel1984@...>
> Hi all,
> I picked up some 2mm spectra line today to try out as
> the hammock support ropes of my in-progress warm
> hammock. I wanted to get the 3mm (rated to 400kg) but
> they were out. This stuff is rated to 280kg. Will this
> be sufficient to use safely on the hammock?
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- Hi Heather,
If you decide to do a velcro pocket on the Hennessy,
make sure you put darts in the fabric so it billows
out. Also, you might want to contain the down in
something if you want it to be removable. I was very
careful and STILL got down everywhere. Finding bits of
it in my clothes still.
My pack is just made of some umproofed 2 oz ripstop
nylon. I didn't see the point in ordering special
waterproof material from America. All my commercial
packs leak, so I though I'd just buy the $1 a metre
stuff and have a very, very cheap pack. All my
is in double layers of silnylon anyway.
Let me know how you go with it.
--- fugglesrastus <fugglesrastus@...> wrote:
> I just had a look at your hammock. It looks good to
> me, I have a
> similar problem with a cold back from compression of
> the down of my
> sleeping bag. So I may try an addition, like yours,
> to my hennessey
> hammock to help with insulation for winter camping.
> Im thinking I
> may sow in a nylon pocket to stuff some extra down
> in, with a velcro
> close area, then in the summer months can leave the
> extra down at
> home, when its hot.
> Just wondering what sort/typ of material you made
> your pack from, as
> I am considering makeing my self a new pack due to
> my old faithfull
> is getting rather tired, and real light packs are
> not readilly
> available here in New Zealand.
> Cheers Heather
> --- In email@example.com, Aris Dennis
> > My new warmhammock is finished!
> > I followed Rick's instructions, and put 4 oz of
> > loft down in it. I now have around 3 inches+ of
> > under me.
> > Thw whole thing, with 2mm spectra support ropes
> > stuff sack weights 535 grams (19 oz).
> > I'll be testing it in a couple of weeks around
> > freezing.
> > I also bought some silnylon and am going to make a
> > by 10 foot fly, ala Rick and Ray Garlington.
> Wonder if
> > this will be wide enough to protect the down
> > from side blown rain?
> > Aris
> > (who's packweight is now getting so light he's
> > happy with it...)
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