You mean like this. It's a Claytor Jungle Hammock.
Tarp ridgelines are completely independent from hammock ridgelines. You can have one, both or neither. I usually have a hammock ridgeline and never have a tarp ridgeline.
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I use TWO ridgelines, because my hammock tarp is also used as a shelter under which I cook and chill......
by using a ridgeline with a 10 X 10 nylon tarp, corner to corner...I can leave the hammock in the snakeskins until it's time to crash, and be out of the rain under the tarp to cook or hang with friends...when it's time to crash just slide the snakeskins back and throw in the pad and bag........
with the tarp independent of the hammock, it's possible to pack just the hammock body into the snakeskins, keeping it dry. The tarp then provides a dry place to breakfast and pack up in the rain....on those days, the tarp is last to be packed, and is tied to the outside of the pack where it is available for use during stops, and immediate setup at days end.....
I normally keep a 32oz narrow-mouth Nalgene bottle inside my HH with me. I simply hang it from the loop that connects the lid to the bottle by opening the bottle, putting the loop around the ridge line, and then screwing the cap back on. I can then slide it back and forth to get it out of my way.
I have thought about cutting a small slit in the netting right where it joins the hammock, near my head, and then hanging my water bladder on the outside of the hammock and then running the drinking tube inside the hammock. I would probably sew some velco on the hole so that I could close it up when not in use. Instant hammock hydration port!
Hammock Engineer...No damage in over two years of use (Moderate)...keep in mind that the ridgeline will alternate corner to corner (Draw an X in a box), so wear is spread out over the tarp...
I have noticed absolutely NO wear on the tarp, and it has withstood windy and upon occasion Tornadic wind speeds...
As for hydration, I use a piece of paracord with a mini biner cliped to it...the cord is looped around the neck of whatever, Nalgene or commercial plastic 20 Oz water bottle, and is clipped to the netting ridgeline....when not needed the bottle is pushed back behind my head, where it hangs against the sleeping pad until i drag it down to use it...
Last edited by SuperTroll; 10-26-2006 at 19:41. Reason: spelling
So how do you grab the tube with no arms?
Just kidding. Thanks for the idea, that's probably the setup that I'll use. I'll just have to remember to close the valve so I don't wake up looking like I just wet my pants!
You can feed your hydration tube through the port, but not have to worry about it being an access point for skeeters and gnats if you don't have your tube pulled through, because it closes up and seals. Oh, I didn't come up w/these dimensions by the way, it was just the pic I found.
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That's a great idea. You would have to make sure the grommet is large enough for the bite valve to pass through.
Another method you could use would be to have overlapping folds of fabric, like the way a pack's hydration port is made.