in heavy rain, this can be an issue. i haven`t run into serious problems w/ water running down the webbing or ropes yet, but some folks have got pretty soaked. in cold weather, this could become a serious situation.
for most people just tying something on the support rope/webbing like a bandana or dirty sock takes care of the problem. i`d just asoon not have two soaked socks or bandanas in the morning to deal w/.
some tye a string on alowing it to hang down & devert the water. most people suggest cotton for this because of the way it sucks water in. i`ve got my doughts about how much water a string can devert in an extreamly heavy rain. but a string would be better used on a rope, and a rope may not channel as much water as webbing. .
lately i`ve been using the tent peg & figure 8 method (see photo).
i don`t belive even a heavy flow is going to run past that.
a fellow named michale on the hammockcamping group said that he was using a girl`s hair clasp on his webbing (the kind w/ wire on the back that clips to the plastic decoration on the front. i`m not sure but, i belive he may have cliped a small pice of cotton cloth in it to catch the water. the reason for the clip was that if you tie a string onto webbing, it will cause it to curl, forming a channel. ...tim