# Thread: Ridgeline questions from Noobie

1. Originally Posted by mtsrunner
Ok, here is the hammock angle from the foot end with me in it.
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Does the thumb and forefinger thing work if one happens to be double jointed?😃
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Rotate your "thumb and finger" angle finder 90* in either direction.
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Your first photo looks close to 30* and the hang calculator should be on the mark.

So.....my assumption is that you got the hammock length from GT's "specs". That's your mistake. That measurement is usually given for the raw material before hemming, etc.

My GT UL measures ~105" so 83% of that is 87" and probably closer to what your ridgeline should be.

With all of that said, 83% is only a suggested starting point (that many hangers find to be perfect). What you are attempting to do is find the most comfortable hang and set your ridgeline for that length so it can be easily repeated.

The only thing you probably need to do is shorten the ridgeline to match your hang. I'll bet it's close to 87".

2. Originally Posted by Shug
Yeah.....straps will be different in the woods all the time as tree spacing will vary hugely. I go neck high to sometimes raising them up the tree with my hiking pole to get my sweet hang. But....I am not a math guy.
Sometimes mine droops and sometimes tight in the woods but i'm too tired and hungry to care and still sleep so good.
Carry forth.......
Shug
Shug,
Thanks for the input. I have watched all of your videos at least twice. I'm glad I made my Ridgeline adjustable. I had almost decided to make one 95" for the GT UL and just do a fixed Brummel on each end. The adjustability is really nice. I overestimated the amount of Amsteel, though. I ended up being able to cut off 5 feet from the tag end and will be able to use it for continuous loops/prusiks for other stuff. I can adjust mine from approximately 7' to 10'.

3. Originally Posted by gmcttr
Rotate your "thumb and finger" angle finder 90* in either direction.
IMG_1716 (Small).JPG

Your first photo looks close to 30* and the hang calculator should be on the mark.

So.....my assumption is that you got the hammock length from GT's "specs". That's your mistake. That measurement is usually given for the raw material before hemming, etc.

My GT UL measures ~105" so 83% of that is 87" and probably closer to what your ridgeline should be.

With all of that said, 83% is only a suggested starting point (that many hangers find to be perfect). What you are attempting to do is find the most comfortable hang and set your ridgeline for that length so it can be easily repeated.

The only thing you probably need to do is shorten the ridgeline to match your hang. I'll bet it's close to 87".

Thanks, I will measure the GT UL tomorrow and see. I did shorten the ridgeline and it tightened up and I had a comfy lay. Can't wait to get my WMM.
That picture helps.

4. Yep, I measured it at 104". Thanks for the tips.

5. My GT UL is 120" when one counts the loops. Those loops and the SRL both go in the carabiner. I find a comfortable hang at 96", which is 80%.

Mike

6. Originally Posted by MDSH
My GT UL is 120" when one counts the loops. Those loops and the SRL both go in the carabiner. I find a comfortable hang at 96", which is 80%.

Mike
That is the first time that I have heard of counting the loops as part of the hammock for the calculation of the ridgeline. Maybe I'm crazy, but from my readings, it is calculated off of the length off the hammock itself.

7. Originally Posted by mtsrunner
That is the first time that I have heard of counting the loops as part of the hammock for the calculation of the ridgeline. Maybe I'm crazy, but from my readings, it is calculated off of the length off the hammock itself.
He's attaching the ridgeline farther up at the end of the loop/carabiner connection instead of at the ends of the hammock body.

8. Originally Posted by gmcttr
He's attaching the ridgeline farther up at the end of the loop/carabiner connection instead of at the ends of the hammock body.
Ok, that makes sense. Thanks.

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