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    confirming what has been said already, to wit *...

    confirming what has been said already, to wit
    * putting in a pad means the bottom layer carries most of the load
    * only a surprisingly small difference in width between top layer and bottom layer...
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    I like it, let the bridge revolution begin!...

    I like it, let the bridge revolution begin! (rather, _continue_).

    WV-- credit on the dowel-in-hiking-pole properly goes to TeeDee, the original DIY bridge contributor on the forums.
    Another one...
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    Can you use beaks with a bridge hammock? Yes. I...

    Can you use beaks with a bridge hammock? Yes. I use tarps whose ridgelines are at least as long as the distance between the tops of the two suspension triangles. That means at the join point of the...
  4. I had the same question. My life insurance...

    I had the same question. My life insurance payments are in arrears otherwise I'd try myself :cool:

    But seriously (i) nice presentation, I caught on immediately, and (ii) having tried to video...
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    Grizz is pleased. Nice job stoikurt, I know...

    Grizz is pleased. Nice job stoikurt, I know you've been thinking about doing this for a long time, and you've done it well.

    r.e. triangle apex, I've used a very similar technique as you...
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    This Halloween Professor Hammock was scaring the...

    This Halloween Professor Hammock was scaring the kids coming to his door with tech sheets like this one which says under 'bending radius' that


    Dutch might have been the big kid who ran away...
  7. Shug on the SHT in the fall....doesn't get better...

    Shug on the SHT in the fall....doesn't get better than that.

    Waiting to see if hitting the hay at 7 pm means wide-eyed and waiting for daylight at 3 am!

    In a gathered end hammock I go left-side...
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    An as-yet-unmentioned benefit of a RL on bridge...

    An as-yet-unmentioned benefit of a RL on bridge (and I always use one) is analogous to 'setting the sag' on a gathered end hammock.

    A bridge hammock is 'flat' because the shape of the suspension...
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    I got here by way of JRB and HH, in that order. ...

    I got here by way of JRB and HH, in that order. In 2006 was gearing up for a Philmont trek with 2 sons, looking to cut weight using quilts rather than sleeping bags. Stumbled onto the JRB site,...
  10. Sticky: howdy Shug! It would be better to see me hanging,...

    howdy Shug! It would be better to see me hanging, but typing will have to do for now.
    Hey, we're vacationing with the family of a son's significant other, and we got to showing
    youtube vids with...
  11. Sticky: howdy--I continue to make _mine_ using something...

    howdy--I continue to make _mine_ using something in the 75-85% range, more usually at the higher end. That works for me given (i) 0.625" diameter Easton poles, and (ii) my weight, in the 190-200 lb...
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    yep, I appreciate that you remember that Mike. ...

    yep, I appreciate that you remember that Mike. That quilt has been my go-to quilt for any temps that head below freezing. Had it as the inside layer of a two quilt set-up this January when I...
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    I did this once on a cheap parachute nylon...

    I did this once on a cheap parachute nylon hammock. The size of the Eno Single is just right, at 55" across. The challenge is to embed in the sides lengths of tubular web, in the characteristic...
  14. Hi Cole-- since the ridgeline goes from apex to...

    Hi Cole--
    since the ridgeline goes from apex to apex of the suspension triangles, and the spreader bars come in closer, then yes the ridgeline will shorten. Two main advantages of the the recessed...
  15. I'm not clear on what the intentions are for the...

    I'm not clear on what the intentions are for the triangles at the end, but the rest of it looks very close to what I cut.
    I'm 6'1" myself.

    I just love it when old threads of mine are...
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    experimenting is most of the fun. Let us know...

    experimenting is most of the fun. Let us know how it works out.
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    Yep, I see holes developing at the seams on the...

    Yep, I see holes developing at the seams on the rolled webbing using 1.1 or crinkle taffeta.


    Opie if I were you I'd go straight to the double layer. Heck, if I were me I'd look to adding a...
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    hi WV! If you meant "the second is no doubt from...

    hi WV! If you meant "the second is no doubt from Grizz", it's not. It might have been, but I don't recognize it as mine and I only lurked sporadically on the yahoo site. Forensic analysis of the...
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    That's a shame. The length of those spreaders are...

    That's a shame. The length of those spreaders are out of my experience, but I do know that the longer they are the greater impact a non-centered compression force will have on bending them. So that,...
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    Welcome Haggis--- I grew up in Bemidji, but...

    Welcome Haggis---
    I grew up in Bemidji, but didn't start hanging until many many years later.

    There's a lot you can learn, but not so much that you have to learn to start getting a good night's...
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    gets even more challenging if you go...

    gets even more challenging if you go counter-clockwise....harder still to see the red blazes because they are uni-directional! That and the trail covered with leaves...we wandered off a couple of...
  22. A couple of weekends ago I hiked the 'Chief...

    A couple of weekends ago I hiked the 'Chief Illini Trail' that skirts Lake Shelbyville. Bunch of Boy Scouts. We started at Eagle Creek State Park (near Findley, IL) and hiked south to Lone Point. ...
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    All these posts and not once the suggestion I...

    All these posts and not once the suggestion I thought would be forthcoming....wait for it....can you feel it coming?....


    Bridge hammock.


    No calf ridge. Other attributes that bother some...
  24. my first go at a beak followed the experience...

    my first go at a beak followed the experience (driven by need) using a poncho to cover the end of the tarp. GrizzBeak version 0
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    I am partial to the slippy buntline ( see...

    I am partial to the slippy buntline ( see http://www.animatedknots.com/buntline/, in step 6 you push through a bight rather than the working end), but have only used it when the hitch is going...
  26. Yes. Having a triangle side be at least 75% and...

    Yes. Having a triangle side be at least 75% and closer to 80% of the spreader bar length is one of my constant mantras. 30/42 = 71%. Well into the danger zone.



    Agreed again, that looks like...
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    expect Zilla to chime in soon. He recently made...

    expect Zilla to chime in soon. He recently made one for himself, same weight range. The hammock is double body 1.9 oz/yd^2 ripstop, big suspension triangle (sides equal to length of spreader bar),...
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    My technique is related....I get some ordinary...

    My technique is related....I get some ordinary paper (depending on source I may tape some pieces together to make it long enough), mark off points on the curve every couple of inches, trace it out...
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    I've always gotten mine from sailrite...

    I've always gotten mine from sailrite, 1/2 inch tubular polyester, rated to #1550 pounds. I was not aware before this thread that DIYGearSupply carries it now too. Suspect that that is where I'll...
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    well happy B-day Dutch (you youngster) and thanks...

    well happy B-day Dutch (you youngster) and thanks for the poetic citation. I'm proud to have both my two literary companions as friends.

    Perhaps now my own birthday poem for the self-proclaimed...
  31. I have FB evidence that Adam and Jenny are on...

    I have FB evidence that Adam and Jenny are on vacation someplace warm. Not an excuse, an explanation.

    I wish I was someplace warm...I'm a Minnesota boy and all, but I'm ready for spring. Trying...
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    One of my original motivations for the narrower...

    One of my original motivations for the narrower foot was an ability to pull the hammock closed at the foot end, to face into the wind and cut it rather than have the wind push the side of the tarp...
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    it was the combination of 12' ridgeline, deeper...

    it was the combination of 12' ridgeline, deeper sides of the WP, and camo that got to me. Bridge hammocks need bigger tarps, and I do like my bridge hammocks.

    I should probably have an internet...
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    I'll take it if still available.

    I'll take it if still available.
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    Yep, it's a tablecloth. Seemed a good idea at...

    Yep, it's a tablecloth. Seemed a good idea at the time....
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    I got a patent for something I did in my day job....

    I got a patent for something I did in my day job. In retrospect I might not have bothered. First it cost my employer $30K, and now that I've licensed the technology and patent from them for a...
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    answer to a question you didn't ask, 'Any reason...

    answer to a question you didn't ask, 'Any reason why crinkle taffeta isn't a good choice of fabric for a bridge hammock?'.... I built one as I like the low-stretch characteristic of polyester, and...
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    Enjoyed seeing the woods and the familiar Finland...

    Enjoyed seeing the woods and the familiar Finland signage. We had us mosquitos when I saw those signs last, not snowdrifts.

    Love seeing those Muks! I do like cold weather gear.

    After...
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    got a shovel? I'm about to get over a foot of...

    got a shovel? I'm about to get over a foot of snow, and have a 150 ft long driveway :scared:

    welcome to HF!
  40. really enjoyed that. I've been out in that kind...

    really enjoyed that. I've been out in that kind of cold many times, but not _camped_. Takes mad skillz and preparation, which you clearly have.
    Some of your comments about the cold really...
  41. Thread: Uh oh

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    the suspension cut gets shallower when I make the...

    the suspension cut gets shallower when I make the width at head and foot end narrower, but aim to keep the middle width the same (for me, I shoot for 33").

    A deeper suspension cut is more...
  42. Thread: Uh oh

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    for a while I was building my hammocks with a...

    for a while I was building my hammocks with a narrower foot end than head end. This has some advantages with respect to tarps...you can pitch with the foot end into the expected direction of wind,...
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    on my 2006 trek I carried a Thermarest ProLite 4....

    on my 2006 trek I carried a Thermarest ProLite 4. If I go again (and with a 12-yr-old in BSA now there's a chance of that) I'd be looking for something lighter, maybe a NeoAir.

    happily I've been...
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    I think you can get a set of JRB spreader bars...

    I think you can get a set of JRB spreader bars directly from JRB.

    As for questoutfitter poles for your hammock, the only thing I would try is the 0.742. Two 17" sections. I use the endtips like...
  45. looks familiar! good job. enjoy the fruits of...

    looks familiar! good job. enjoy the fruits of your craftmanship.
  46. I don't have an underquilt rated to zero F, but I...

    I don't have an underquilt rated to zero F, but I have one good to perhaps 15 F (DIY) and others better suited for 40 or warmer. So anticipating 0 F or lower I've used 2 full length quilts (15 F...
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    You likely get more strength degradation from the...

    You likely get more strength degradation from the tight loops around the ring than you get with a constrictor method. But with 3mm Amsteel you can have a lot of degradation and still have ample...
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    I've done this routinely, but closer to 200#. ...

    I've done this routinely, but closer to 200#. Make sure it is a 'slippery' buntline hitch. There is something aesthetically pleasing about using only as much cord as you minimally need to hang.
    ...
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    I am a big fan of Cuben tarps, and once...

    I am a big fan of Cuben tarps, and once experienced it is very hard to go back to carrying almost x2 the weight for the same coverage.

    That said, if bombproof is more important than weight, I'd...
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    yes, and only on a hammock where the foot end was...

    yes, and only on a hammock where the foot end was narrower. I stick with the 0.625 mostly, but recommend the 0.742 if the load weight is more than 250 lb. No engineering behind that number, just a...
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