Re: First overnight in a hammock
- --- In email@example.com, "Paul V."
> How do you adjust the hammock so that it gives a flatter sleepingWere you sleeping on the diagonal? That's the first step...you'll
never get flat if you're laying along the centerline of the hammock.
Since you sleep on the diagonal, pulling out the middle more than
the ends won't really help you lay flatter. Actually, most of us
pull the edges out farther than the middle, then whip or tie the
knot (a la Speer) to keep the edges from flopping.
Did you have enough sag? Pulling the hammock too tight forces you
along the centerline...you'll sleep like a banana and get sore
shoulders from the hammock squeezing you. It's counter-intuitive,
but for a flatter sleeping platform you need to loosen the supports
and let the hammock "sag". With sag, you can comfortably lay on the
diagonal and get pretty flat.
You'll have to find the right amount of sag to allow you to be flat
(or nearly so) on the diagonal. It's different for each hammock,
but once you find it, you'll know.
Adding a fixed ridgeline allows you to set the sag so it won't
change each time you set up the hammock, and it doesn't matter how
high you hang it or how tight the ropes are. Without the ridgeline,
you'll just have to eyeball it. Tom Hennessey has his version
patented, but that doesn't matter unless you're selling a copy...you
can copy it if it's for personal use. I put them on my homemade
Glad you slept well...welcome to hammock hanging! If this doesn't
help, just post again and I'm sure someone will be able to help.