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    That's what a structural ridgeline is for, but it...

    That's what a structural ridgeline is for, but it needs to be as strong as your hammock suspension rope (the one that's roughly at a 30 angle), and the main rope to the tree may need to be twice as...
  2. I liked the Off-topic Forum a lot when I...

    I liked the Off-topic Forum a lot when I subscribed to it, but eventually I didn't want to wade through a lot of posts that didn't directly pertain to hammocks, so I let it drop. As a service...
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    I use small shockcord loops with cf. They don't...

    I use small shockcord loops with cf. They don't need to be as long as the ones you need to compensate for silnylon stretching.
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    Gadget, I'm not clear what kind of stand you're...

    Gadget, I'm not clear what kind of stand you're using, but it's a good point - use whatever works with your equipment and helps you get the result you want.
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    Wow! Those regulations were written by someone...

    Wow! Those regulations were written by someone who understands hammocks. They should serve as a model for parks in other states. (Okay, 12" minimum diameter is pretty conservative, but the rest is...
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    I've used loopie slings, too. I usually make...

    I've used loopie slings, too. I usually make them with dynaglide because the loop doubles the line (and the rating). Dynaglide needs a shorter bury than amsteel (but use a bungee prussicked to the...
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    No-sage, sounds good. Plenty of errant sharpie...

    No-sage, sounds good. Plenty of errant sharpie marks in my prototypes. :D
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    PDX, Your guess at the design is pretty good. ...

    PDX,
    Your guess at the design is pretty good. The spacing between the two interior angles is very dependent on the occupant's body, so it works best if you're making a hammock for yourself and you...
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    @Just Bill: what a great service. Words fail me....

    @Just Bill: what a great service. Words fail me. :)
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    This was the best hammock gathering I can recall....

    This was the best hammock gathering I can recall. Highlights for me were the music, opportunities to hike parts of the AT I hadn't seen (Roan Mt. on Saturday and Laurel Falls on Sunday), the quality...
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    Deb, I hope to get there before noon tomorrow,...

    Deb,
    I hope to get there before noon tomorrow, and I'll be looking for a fairly remote campsite myself, mostly because I want to keep Freia from barking at people walking past our "temporary...
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    This is one of my favorite loops - have done it...

    This is one of my favorite loops - have done it many times. I like going out Big Beechy and camping where it meets Middle Fork, though heading upstream on Middle Fork to Hell-For-Certain or one of...
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    The flexibility of the rubber tip shaft is an...

    The flexibility of the rubber tip shaft is an asset when hiking, but a liability in a spreader bar. Stevebo's design to share the force between the tip and the basket (or the collar that holds the...
  14. Thread: Such a scaredy cat

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    I'm like scrope - been backpacking and solo...

    I'm like scrope - been backpacking and solo camping for years, but if I haven't been out for a while I imagine things when I hear noises the first night. Nowadays I have a dog with me so I'm never...
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    Very tempting! Thanks for the invitation. ...

    Very tempting! Thanks for the invitation. Looking forward to your trip report. :)
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    Ditto, Jeremy. Don't get caught in the rain this...

    Ditto, Jeremy. Don't get caught in the rain this time. :D
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    I'm dim, too, Gadget. Didn't see you were...

    I'm dim, too, Gadget. Didn't see you were talking about ti rings at first. Sorry.
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    MSH = suspension, hence not wrong thread. ...

    MSH = suspension, hence not wrong thread. Aluminum better than cf tube; resists crushing better, though many use cf successfully. A biner works and adds a measure of safety if you run the whoopie...
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    And many others .... :rolleyes: Phycotron, I'd...

    And many others .... :rolleyes:
    Phycotron, I'd suggest some searches. There have been many threads on DIY insulated hammocks. As Harold "Dynamite" Payson wrote (in a book on boatbuilding), "Don't...
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    Welcome, awalkmom! West Virginians used to be a...

    Welcome, awalkmom! West Virginians used to be a tiny minority here (ask HappyCamper), but now there are quite a few of us, and we're slowly enticing hangers from afar to visit our beautiful state. :)
  21. Thread: Dolly Sods Question

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    You will find trees there.

    You will find trees there.
  22. Thread: True Catenary Curve

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    What is a "true catenary curve", if not the shape...

    What is a "true catenary curve", if not the shape of a hanging chain (Lat. catena)? :rolleyes:
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    I use Grizz's "origami end cap" design because it...

    I use Grizz's "origami end cap" design because it keeps the head and foot ends taut, which makes it easier to attach a bugnet. The bugnet attaches (only at the ends) with a #3 coil zipper, and the...
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    Good work! Keep it up. If I'm reading your...

    Good work! Keep it up. If I'm reading your pattern right, the narrow end is the head end. Try making that wider, and you'll get more of a knee ridge. Then you get to experiment some more on...
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    He's done a lot since then, but still doing well...

    He's done a lot since then, but still doing well and still maintaining tothewoods.net, which is a great survey of hammock camping, among other things. Not much new content there in recent years, but...
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    Enjoyed it, Red. Thanks. I'd like to get back...

    Enjoyed it, Red. Thanks. I'd like to get back there.
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    I think you're on the right track. I had to...

    I think you're on the right track. I had to search for Nemo's Cloudview, but it confirms what I guessed from your design image: the head end is too narrow. Otherwise, you're golden. The angle...
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    Lake George will be a lot more crowded. At least...

    Lake George will be a lot more crowded. At least it was when I was canoeing and camping in the Adirondacks, circa 1960, but reports from friends who've been more recently suggest that Raquette Lake,...
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    Good point about the uneven distribution of...

    Good point about the uneven distribution of forces, Grizz. I am aware that my angular eccentricities put more stress at the corners of the hammock and the bend at the knees, so I've taken care to...
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    Excellent question. In my experiments with...

    Excellent question. In my experiments with bridge hammocks, I found that I could make them more comfortable by varying the width of the hammock from the smooth catenary curve to produce crosswise...
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    I've hiked both. What's your wife's preference? ...

    I've hiked both. What's your wife's preference? LG isn't a place to go with someone who doesn't like a challenge. The best pre-hike hint of what I was undertaking was a question from Cool Days:...
  32. Thread: forget vendors name

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    Very fine gear. Hangnout is her dad.

    Very fine gear. Hangnout is her dad.
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    Check the way the ends are gathered. Maybe...

    Check the way the ends are gathered. Maybe something slipped before the gather was tightly bound.
  34. Good stuff, Bill. I'll add a tangential...

    Good stuff, Bill. I'll add a tangential anecdote. I was using a trekking pole as a spreader, and I decided to try putting a sewing machine bobbin into the suspension for the tip. The hole in the...
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    Spreader bars

    I have a collection of dowels of various lengths, and they do limit experimentation. Also, if I want to send someone a hammock, it either requires a long package or they have to find their own...
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    Indeed, I hang the head end a bit higher, and the...

    Indeed, I hang the head end a bit higher, and the middle ridge does keep me from sliding down, but my legs are still elevated some. It's my feet that can drop comfortably so there is no pressure on...
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    I expect you've seen Grizz's videos. If not,...

    I expect you've seen Grizz's videos. If not, they are here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA7rQl0JjEQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhw2g5hJMJM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8rWcwUsoP0
  38. Thread: Hello from Denmark

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    Welcome! We have a number of Danish hangers who...

    Welcome! We have a number of Danish hangers who are quite creative. Check out Snowball's posts. :)
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    There are a number of benefits to a true...

    There are a number of benefits to a true structural ridgeline. One is being able to put a short loop of 1" webbing on it to use as an overhead grab strap.
  40. FS: I'll take both.

    I'll take both.
  41. Thread: Ion Fabric

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    Found it on DutchWareGear.com. Thanks. :)

    Found it on DutchWareGear.com. Thanks. :)
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    I love Thatcher Park - site of many picnics and...

    I love Thatcher Park - site of many picnics and hikes with my family as a child (winter and summer). Can't say if it has changed in the last 60 years, though. Another one, farther north is...
  43. Thread: Ion Fabric

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    I just searched your site yesterday for a fabric...

    I just searched your site yesterday for a fabric to use for the bottom layer of an insulated PBH, and I couldn't find what I wanted. Just looked again, searching specifically for ion, but still...
  44. Thanks to dscotthep for the link...

    Thanks to dscotthep for the link in post #3. It adds considerably to my understanding of sewn splices, particularly to the difference between end to end splices and end loop splices. I have always...
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    Responding to questions about the litesmith...

    Responding to questions about the litesmith pillow:
    1) Yes, it's crinkly. Some may not like that. I made my own case for it with a layer of Primaloft on one side, but that's me - I make things. ...
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    I've been testing the litesmith pillow...

    I've been testing the litesmith pillow that johnspenn mentioned - I bought the large size, and I'm impressed at how durable it seems. Can't beat the price, too. I bought 3 of them and spent about...
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    I've had the pole locks slip a couple of times -...

    I've had the pole locks slip a couple of times - enough to use dowels to back them up. It's not catastrophic. The hammock suddenly gets narrower and you drop a bit, but don't hit the ground. I...
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    You ask good questions. I can't answer all of...

    You ask good questions. I can't answer all of them, but I do know how the dowel is used. You take the pole apart, sliding a smaller section out of the the larger one (usually the one with the...
  49. Thread: DIY Tree straps

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    Thanks, Rain Man. I'm glad there is a range of...

    Thanks, Rain Man. I'm glad there is a range of opinions again.
  50. Thread: DIY Tree straps

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    I'm puzzled. When I started to compose the above...

    I'm puzzled. When I started to compose the above post, there was another response with some good links and the advice to avoid the cheap straps. Now that post is gone. I'm not infallible, and...
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