# Thread: Illustration - Optimal Distance and Height Between Anchors

1. Nice illustration. My first thought however when reading "The average human height is approximately 6 feet (2 meters)" was: "Wow, Americans are tall!". (Given my geography, I'm used to human sizes given in meters). Then I visited www.unitconversion.org and found out that 6 feet is more like 1.82 meters and 2 meters are over 6 feet and 6 inches. A nice sideeffect of this nitpicking (sorry about that by the way) is that I now know that my own height is 230 barleycorn and the weight I don't want to exceed is 500'000 carat. Gotta love round numbers

Thanks for making me learn something today!
-Frikk

2. Originally Posted by Frikk
Nice illustration. My first thought however when reading "The average human height is approximately 6 feet (2 meters)" was: "Wow, Americans are tall!". (Given my geography, I'm used to human sizes given in meters).
Frikk, you are absolutely correct! I'm afraid that I did round a bit, and in meters, that turns out to be a little more than expected. I'm actually 1.778 meters tall, give or take a millimeter.

3. Originally Posted by angrysparrow
Great work dejoha.

Was this one of the more difficult hammock illustrations for you to conceptualize?
No, not in the least. It was one of the easiest to put together, actually. The only thing I took more time on was to get the measurements to scale. But then I worried it would come across as too technical, so I eased up on the numbers and rounded things off a bit to make it more approachable.

The big "Ah-Ha!" moment for me was seeing how easy it can be to get the optimal hang height and distance, the 30° angle, and a free slice of pizza to boot. Well, I'm still working on the free pizza, but maybe a generous HF member will surprise me on the next group hang.

4. Good stuff (as usual!), Dejoha! Thanks!

It's a great way to illustrate the interaction between connection height and tree separation.

5. Does anyone else think there should be a sticky with all of his great illustrations for all the noobs to see.

6. Originally Posted by Kasuko
Does anyone else think there should be a sticky with all of his great illustrations for all the noobs to see.
+1. Good idea!

7. Yes! This was very well done. Kudos!

8. Great post . . . Thanks!

9. Help a newb out a little. With that graphic i understand the distance between the trees, the mounting height, the 100" ridgeline. But what I dont understand is the OA length of the hammock itself. Wouldnt the ridgeline be different for a 11'6" hammock vs a 9' hammock? Based on your graphic, what was the hammock length?
Thanks

10. Originally Posted by Nek
Help a newb out a little. With that graphic i understand the distance between the trees, the mounting height, the 100" ridgeline. But what I dont understand is the OA length of the hammock itself. Wouldnt the ridgeline be different for a 11'6" hammock vs a 9' hammock? Based on your graphic, what was the hammock length?
Thanks
The rule of thumb is that a structural ridgeline is 80% of the hammock length. A 100 inch ridgeline would be for a 125 inch hammock (roughly 10 feet).