Originally Posted by funbun
Noob question: what is the point in whipping. Does it perform a stop for the other rope?
Ask away, that is why we are here.
The whipping hold the hammock shape on the ends and stops the rope from going off of the end. A knot would do the same thing. A knot is simple and basically fool proof. The knot is just 1 half hitch.
The advantage to whipping the end is that you can easily undo it and redo it later. After a few minutes to a few hours it is hard to undo a knot.