I'm trying to figure out the physics of the different loads that hammocks create. One of the things I'm scratching my head about is the ridgeline vs. the tree connection.
It seems pretty common to not go less than 900+ lbs on the tree suspension straps. Most around here go 1200+ based on posts I've read. But the structural ridgeline numbers are MUCH lower - some folks using as little as 200 lbs. Is it really under that much less stress?? Anybody have the math on this so I can play with some numbers?
On another note, what kind of rating would be needed on a combined structural ridgeline/tree connection line? I'm talking about a straight line between two trees, likely under a lot of horizontal tension to get it tight, then hanging the hammock from that - pretty much a clothesline setup.
Thanks much! I'm having fun tinkering with different setups and wouldn't be having the great time I am without all the fantastic input of folks in this forum!