- Our older scouts did a "high adventure" 50 mile hike over the last four days.
They went to the whiteclouds in south central Idaho.
I was invited but unable to go, so I sent a coule of Risk $10.00 test hammocks.
four yards od Wally world polyester @$1 a yard and some strapping. One
kid and one leader used them, worked great. The only difference
between mine and Rick's is we used the double sheetbend rather than
They loosly tied a rope around the waist to keep out some of the
skeeters, next time they would like to try bug netting. Great first
trial and introduction, thanks folks for the suggestions.
- Hey folks,
Here are the instructions I sent to some one for making athe quick risk test
hammock with sheetbends.
Does this make sense to you guys?
Note it was inspired by Rick (as a risk test hammock) and then someone here
suggested the double sheet bend)
Buy 4 yards of material at Wal-Mart ($1.50 a yd)
Get some strapping two 12 to 20 foot pieces, 1 inch wide
If you can find "Mule tape" from an electrician it's great
or old motorcycle tie down straps (cut off all the metal)
or look at army navy stores
or buy some strapping
Must be able to hold at least 600 lbs of tension (that's the way the forces
Spread out the material, and gather the end in both hands.
start from both corners about 3 inches down and work towards the center top.
when it is gathered you should have two fists full of material with the
corners sticking up as "ears" two inches tall
(Like Batman's mask)
Combine into one fist about a foot down and keeping the "ears" intact fold
the material to make a loop (or bight in knot terms)
Using the strapping tie a sheet bend through the material. (see any scout
handbook, or knot book or knot website)
To really do it right do a double sheet bend (two loops around the standing
part of the material then feed through the top loop twice also).
Snug the knot carefully.
find two trees about 20 foot apart
Tie with the hammock hangers wrap
Test all knots then climb in.
Note the "ears" makes a pocket that will keep your center of gravity (that
means you) below the sides of the hammock.
So you are stable and will not fall out.
Experiment with different hang angles for comfort.
Also try sleeping at a diagonal to the line of the hammock for a flatter
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- Makes sense. You might suggest the material be sturdy and not of a
double knit variety. Ripstop nylon would be best. Polyester woven cloth
works well too.
Ralph Oborn wrote:
> Hey folks,
> Here are the instructions I sent to some one for making athe quick risk test
> hammock with sheetbends.
> Does this make sense to you guys?
> Any suggestions?