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    Rab's instructions are

    Rab's instructions are
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    For an easy/cheap option: Add a foot of cordage...

    For an easy/cheap option: Add a foot of cordage to either end of his hammock, then attach the spreader bars to the outside ends of that.
  3. Thread: Purple tarp?

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    Purple Thunderfly just arrived. Spectacularly...

    Purple Thunderfly just arrived. Spectacularly purple, looks very pretty with sun going through it. Will get some pictures up once I've had a chance to get it out.
  4. Thread: Budget tarp.

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    It's pitched off-centre intentionally. Presumably...

    It's pitched off-centre intentionally. Presumably with the low side into the wind/sun.
  5. If you wanted to avoid the "uncomfortable seams"...

    If you wanted to avoid the "uncomfortable seams" issue, you could be clever and do it at an angle: figure out what your lay direction is, and get a parallelogram of your primary material to be the...
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    1. The HH Ultralight is shorter than most people...

    1. The HH Ultralight is shorter than most people prefer (as a trade-off to make it lighter), but will do the job nicely, and may well be perfectly comfortable if you're not too tall. As for the rest...
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    If you find that the bugnet material is too...

    If you find that the bugnet material is too narrow, you could always buy twice as much as you'd otherwise need, sew the two pieces together side by side, then trim to the required width. The surplus,...
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    I can't actually see any spliced section at all...

    I can't actually see any spliced section at all there, so yeah, looks like the splice pulled out. The second and third pictures, so far as I can tell, might as well be a brand new bit of amsteel...
  9. Thread: Cost to go UL

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    I think the theory is to get the pack size down...

    I think the theory is to get the pack size down to the point that you can take a smaller, and therefore lighter, pack.
  10. This seems really overcomplicated and slow to me....

    This seems really overcomplicated and slow to me. Unless I'm in a really narrow span with fairly thin trees, I just loop my (much shorter) webbing around the tree, put one end through the other, then...
  11. I own one of the Paria tarps. Just had it out for...

    I own one of the Paria tarps. Just had it out for a week in the record-breaking rains we've just had, and it worked nicely. A bit more coverage at the ends would be nice, though: something like a...
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    You can bodge a temporary knotty mod-style effect...

    You can bodge a temporary knotty mod-style effect by tying some shock cord to some point along the edge, and running the other end to either the primary suspension, or a bit of cord prussiked to the...
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    No harm at all, so long as you don't let the...

    No harm at all, so long as you don't let the whoopies drag in the mud (otherwise they'll get dirty!). Becket hitch would also work.
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    I swapped in significantly stronger cordlocks on...

    I swapped in significantly stronger cordlocks on the side adjustment. Putting more tension on there than the stock ones can hold keeps it out of the way much better.
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    Simply LIght Designs might be worth looking at...

    Simply LIght Designs might be worth looking at too: their starter package is just about the best one going, and you can add a butnet to it and still have the cost near $100 for everything but...
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    Yeah, shockcord does basically the same job, but...

    Yeah, shockcord does basically the same job, but you do have to balance pull protection with tension a little, since it also deforms under normal tensioning.
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    If you wanted to keep using the split ridgelines,...

    If you wanted to keep using the split ridgelines, just adding a fail-safe breakpoint would deal with it nicely: add something weak (split rings work nicely, and come in a variety of thicknesses, so...
  18. I've been using a marlinspike hitch at the tarp...

    I've been using a marlinspike hitch at the tarp (on a bit of rope with a knot in the end. Works well, and means I don't have to go all the way out to the peg to adjust it.
  19. If you're going to be using the hammock in...

    If you're going to be using the hammock in situations where you don't need it, I'd get a separate one so you can leave it at home and not have to carry it around for no benefit. If not, it's...
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    Whatever's easiest for you. I don't use things...

    Whatever's easiest for you. I don't use things that require really long straps, mostly just because there isn't a good source of low-weight strapping locally, and hell, I've already got mountains of...
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    On the other hand, if we start at a 60" width,...

    On the other hand, if we start at a 60" width, then each extra foot of length adds 5 square feet (5/9 square yard) of fabric. With monolite, that's 5/9 oz. If we're going from 11 to 12 feet, that's...
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    The force required to make a thing slide is...

    The force required to make a thing slide is generally vastly lower than its weight, often by orders of magnitude depending on the surface it's on/etc. Tie to something that can't slide: door hinges...
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    If you're in the EU, ExtremTextil sell 750 daN...

    If you're in the EU, ExtremTextil sell 750 daN (~1650lb) webbing in yellow.
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    If all else fails, you could take short 2" straps...

    If all else fails, you could take short 2" straps and some kind of (lighter) cordage that will definitely hold a Beckett hitch, put the 2" straps around the tree, tie the lighter cordage to it with a...
  25. Basic hex tarps work fine, though you might want...

    Basic hex tarps work fine, though you might want some kind of extension (either the official one, or a couple of old tent poles and some funky knotwork) to get it tight. As far as UK availability...
  26. I'd guess 40mm: at the point where you're moving...

    I'd guess 40mm: at the point where you're moving a Tensa4 around, the ~2.25g extra for each peg is pretty irrelevant to the discussion, so bigger (and hence more holding power) is better.
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    I've been through your past posts, and there's...

    I've been through your past posts, and there's nothing in there selling a UQ. Was it by PM maybe?
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    If you aren't bothered about a relatively small...

    If you aren't bothered about a relatively small increase in weight, an obvious solution to the lay issue would be to make a really big bugnet (3 or 4 fabric widths, maybe? Enough to go all the way...
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    Only if you take excessive amounts. Stick to one...

    Only if you take excessive amounts. Stick to one pill a day and you'll be fine.
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    You could bodge something similar with a bit of...

    You could bodge something similar with a bit of rope and a couple of knots.
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    The roughness is probably deliberate: it makes it...

    The roughness is probably deliberate: it makes it grip better in buckle setups.
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    I use a continuous ridgeline with UCR adjusters...

    I use a continuous ridgeline with UCR adjusters on both ends, and separate ropes that go around the trees (with lumpy knots in one end and random points along it and spliced loops at the other end),...
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    That's the point, though: you set the amount of...

    That's the point, though: you set the amount of sag in it to be sufficient to take it down to whatever height you want it at.






    If you want a cheap, but heavier version, any square tarp...
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    Just some things that might help if you decide to...

    Just some things that might help if you decide to give it another try:



    Slightly lower deployment, with identically-spaced trees. You do have a higher minimum span, though.



    I have the...
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    That's what fronkey-style nets are for. All the...

    That's what fronkey-style nets are for. All the same benefits, but I can leave it at home when I don't need it.
  36. Can confirm: getting the hammock from one side of...

    Can confirm: getting the hammock from one side of the UK to the other literally took longer than it took Jared to make the hammock and ship it across an ocean, even with my general awkwardness.
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    I'll try to remember to take a square tarp out...

    I'll try to remember to take a square tarp out with me at some point soon.
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    I misread that as "Slipsey banghead fall". Good...

    I misread that as "Slipsey banghead fall". Good job it isn't that!
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    If you're using a square tarp, you an also pitch...

    If you're using a square tarp, you an also pitch it with the ridgeline offset from the centre then porch-mode the short side, so you're covered from vertical rain and slanty rain from one direction,...
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    There are a surprising number of threads around...

    There are a surprising number of threads around here that have "DIY" spelled wrong.
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    Yes, I meant "hammock" and brain-farted.

    Yes, I meant "hammock" and brain-farted.
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    The primary purpose is to stop the edges of the...

    The primary purpose is to stop the edges of the hammock from flopping down on top of you, similar to how a knotty mod works. Use elastic, so it can slacked so you don't put too much stress on the...
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    This...

    This might be of use.
  44. As another alternative: if you took the SLD...

    As another alternative: if you took the SLD bugnet, and just made the drawcordable hole in one end bigger, you'd have something that would function both as a bottom entry bugnet, and as a hammock...
  45. Totally fine. Definitely easier than fiddling...

    Totally fine. Definitely easier than fiddling with zips. I just swing my legs out of the side of the hammock, and the hole in the bottom slides into place beneath them.
  46. For what it's worth, SLD's bottom-entry bug net...

    For what it's worth, SLD's bottom-entry bug net is pretty nice as well: packs down to basically nothing (mine lives in the bag those straps came in), and has a draw cord on one end so that you can...
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    I tend to take a TQ regardless (if nothing else,...

    I tend to take a TQ regardless (if nothing else, it'l make an epic pillow). But yeah, I wouldn't want i ton top in those temperatures.
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    At a guess, though, they're trying to avoid the...

    At a guess, though, they're trying to avoid the error that people sometimes make of setting it up so that the strap is taking a tight bend through the end-loop: this puts a lot of weight on the...
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    DD are just weird and like to make everything...

    DD are just weird and like to make everything heavier and more complicated than it needs to be. Ignore them, use the straps normally, and don't worry about it.
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    They're essentially the same thing: a larks head...

    They're essentially the same thing: a larks head is just what you get when you pull one side of a reef knot straight.
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