RE: [Hammock Camping] No trees
- It's going to have to be a really big rock, or a three foot piece of rebar
driven into the asphalt. Check Yougbloods force calculation spreadsheet at
in the files section at:
It will tell you how much force it will have to take. It's more than most
people think (or is that hope?)
Also study up and practice hanging it from one fixed pole and one free pole.
All you need is a good anchor on the line at the ground on the free pole
end. I could imagine this working if you have a sissy bar that can hold the
"fixed" end (maybe the bar just holds the line up and you anchor the the
head?) and you could tie the rope of the free end to a bush at ground level
so you are using the root system more than the trunk etc. But you'll have to
be aware of the forces and angles lest you and the bike both go plop. Check
Risk's rig of a one-ended hang at:
It's there someplace.
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of tory1942
Sent: Monday, December 25, 2006 3:20 AM
Subject: [Hammock Camping] No trees
I'm a 64 y/o guy, 6' 8" gtall and about 280 lbs, riding a Suzuki
Burgman 650 'motor scooter.' I just bought a hammock, for potential
use on some planned trips I want to take next year (spring, summer,
fall) in PA, NJ and nearby states. Lots of trees around.
However, I've lived in New Mexico and West Texas, and there are
long, lonely stretches of flat, treeless (even rockless) country
there. Ditto Nevada, Utah, South Dakota, etc.
I'm experimenting with a set of collapsible poles of PVC pipe, just
high enough to support the hammock lines, so my butt will be about
3" off the ground. Plan on keeping the poles on the surface with a
crushed beer/soda can under each. Leading the hammock lines around
the pole a couple of times, then over the pole, and down to a heavy
rock or a well-driven-stake. Then running a light line at 90 deg.
angle across the poles, to other rocks or stakes, to make the pole
stable in a 4-point tie.
Will this likely work, or am I blowing smoke out my ass? What else
might I want to do, or do differently? I have seen a photo from
Europe, with someone who tied one hammock line around his
handlebars, and the other to an iron fence (his butt was just off
And, to be sure, I like motels, too. I just want to keep my
overnight options open. I remember waking up in one place, and
looking down, to see the roachs on the floor ... who appeared big
enought to saddle and ride. Then I smelled the sheets, which had a
distinct odor of dried jism. At that point, I would have preferred
the open West Texas desert, in and among the Mesquite bushes.
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