RE: Hammock Camping Any tips for pitching/centering
> I just purchased a HH-Expedition A-Sym last week and haveIt will get easier with time and practice. The other thing to know is that
> only piched it twice; once in the backyard and once to
> actually camp in this past weekend. So far, I am impressed
> and expect this to be my shelter of choice at least half of
> the year (the warmer half). Both times I set
> it up, however, I had to tie it up and then untie and adjust
> a couple of times to get it properly centered between the
> trees. Is there a simple trick for this or does it just
> come more naturally with time and practice?
you don't have to be perfectly centered between the trees. There is a lot
of forgiveness built into the system. If you're using the Snakeskins, it
makes life easier.
What I do is lay the hammock out between the trees and center it on the
ground. I tie one side, and then the other. Since it's already laid out, I
have a good idea how it should hang. I rarely have to adjust it in any way.
Measurements and math might indeed be a good way, if not the
best. Alas, it's more science than I can manage at the end
of a hike.
I sometimes start by tying the hammock loosely, without the
treehugger straps, using a taugline hitch. Then you can
adjust the hammock back and forth. Once it's centered, tie
one end the right way, but without pulling it very tight (so
as not to slip the tautline on the other end). Finally, tie
the other end and tension the whole thing at that end.
When I'm doing this, I usually gauge things by how far back
the working end of the hammock line comes along the
ridgeline. Things like "it's a forearm short of touching the
fabric of the hammock."
Or take along a buddy and help each other out.