Originally Posted by Michele
Oh crap...I didn't even think about putting a biner that had an actual weight rating on my cut HH ridgeline. I just tied both cut ends to a couple of those mini JRB biners, because I thought the HH ridgeline was non-load bearing....fixed, but not what held the brunt of the forces in regards to suspension. Am I wrong about this?
On that note, I'm assuming you tied both ends of your cut ridgeline to one biner right? What kind of knot did you use? Do you have a pic? I...ahem...."improvised," and ended up with some f'ed up knots...but they worked!
Yup, just one 'biner. You're right in assuming that the ridge doesn't take near as much force as the supports, but it IS load-bearing. That's the difference between "structural" and "non-structural" ridgelines. I haven't sat down and calculated the actual load for a while, but I think about 1/2 the support load is a safe bet - if you take the hanging angle into account when figuring the support load.
I used figure-8 follow-throughs on both ends of the ridge. I also added a piece of stock HH support spectra in there, though. I knew the knots in the ridgeline would take more cord than I freed up by inserting the biner. What I didn't count on was how short the ridge was when I got it. So I ended up lengthening the ridge overall, by a few inches. Just until the bugnet was taut.
I think Jeff took pix of this mod at Hot Springs. If not, let me know and I'll see if I've got some lying around here.