Originally Posted by K0m4
I started out on a DD hammock. I can add this:
- indeed, the distance is not (very) important, as long as yuo get the right "tension". You develop a feel for it after a while, even if you don't have the ridgeline. I used the DD with its webbing suspension, so I had to have that "feel" pretty quickly, since re-adjusting was a bit of a chore.. This will also deal with the ridgeline need - get a feel for how to hang, and you won't need the line. I also used snakeskins, and found it easy after a while to gauge the tension while the hammock was in the skins. Once you've tied it up to the trees, take a couple of steps back and look at how the boa constrictor hangs between the trees.
- the DD hammock benefits IMHO of hanging somewhat tighter than e.g. my wbbb. The 30 degrees is a benchmark, but I usually had it way tighter than that. Your hang may vary.
- the not level hang is preferred by some, keeping your head lower. I always strived for a level hang, and that is another thing you'll get a "feel" for.
- the tarp thing sounds a bit weird. Anyway it should be resolved once you start hanging with trees further apart! I use the same tarp, and I like it because I can hang it a lot higher and have coverage and headroom at the same time. I hang it independently from the hammock, meaning I don't take the hammock suspension position into regard. I also used a line underneath the tarp, which I attached the bugnet cords to.
Thanks for that. I know DD recommend a really tight hang with these hammocks but I've yet to try that. Most people on here (even in the DD forum) prefer some sag in their hang and I've heard rumours that you can get a great lay with a really extreme sag; so I need to do more experimenting!
I use one skin for the tarp and one for the hammock, so I can hang them separately. I like the idea of learning to get the sag right before I even remove the skin! =D)
I currently have the tarp line running through the loops over the top of the tarp. If I can't get a ridge line going on the hammock, then I'll do the same as you and move the tarp line to underneath and prussik the bugnet to it. If I do that, I'll probably just put the tarp and the hammock in the skins at once, which may well work out easier (but, like you, I enjoy the headroom when it's separate.