Was using my TDS last night. All went well. I may need to rethink my hammock suspension to see if I can shorten it, to raise the hammock a little more. I wasn't on the ground, but lower than I wanted. I also found out what happens when you leave the stand up, with hammock and tarp and a little wind. I have a Guide Gear tarp that I was using, and I think it would have held fine, but I added a pole mod (2 poles, inside). With the pole mod, the sides of the tarp really don't pull down tight. It held for a while, but I was teaching a class at BSA Leader training, and when I finished, I looked over and one tripods was on the ground. Luck for me, nothing was damaged. The only 2 things that I was worried about was the poles in the pole mod and the hinges. Both were unhurt.
The worst part was that I had extra amsteel for anchoring the stand, but didn't use them, as I was hoping the tarp would hold it. And it would have if I didn't have the pole mod.
On a good note, the pole mod was a success. Had plenty of room. The night cooled off and even before climbing in to the hammock, there was a heavy dew on the outside. Waking up this morning, I had condensation on the inside, and plenty of water on the outside, almost looked like it rained (but it hadn't). The only thing I have left for the pole mod, is finding a way to keep the poles upright, in the center. I didn't have too many problems with them falling over, and not at all when sleeping. I don't want to sew anything to the ridge and chance a leak, so I'm thinking about adding a length of zing-it, from end to end along the ridge, with two loops lined up with the pole mods. Then I can attach mini carabiners to the loops and my poles. This should keep them from moving, or at least enough to not cause any problems...........Thanks.........RR
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