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    Have you made or seen a portable multi-hammock stand?

    I started hammock camping when my oldest son joined boy scouts. For most of the past 10 years, whenever, I went along on the monthly scout camping trip, I had my choice of hanging spots. Recently however, many of the scouts and quite a few of the parents have joined the ranks of hammock campers. It has gotten to the point when the number of hammocks often outnumber the available good hanging spots.

    I am thinking of creating a portable hammock stand with a central post multiple spoke type design. If I could get 5-6 scouts hanging on a stand, the trees would be free for me. Anyone here built something like this? Anyone have a better plan?

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    Have you looked at this system. Looks pretty simple to get together and would be a good pioneering-type project for the Scouts!
    http://theultimatehang.com/2013/04/0...hammock-stand/
    It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing!

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    ShugArt Hammock Paintings....https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShugArtStu...platform-mcnav

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    Depends how portable. Multiples of single-hammock portable stands can work, a single pole with 2 strong ground anchors (per side) being the simplest. If you have only one strong tree, many can hang off it daisy style this way.

    A tensahedron's 4 poles can add 3 more to hold 2 hammocks. Using the commercial Tensa4's poles, that's under 20lbs and packs tiny. Adding only 2 more (9 total) can hold 3, with a hexagonal perimeter and Y junction in the middle, requiring only 3 guylines. We refer to these exotics as Tensa7 and Tensa9, which may or may not become product offerings pending more testing.
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    Tensa Outdoor, LLC, maker of the Tensa4, Tensa Solo, and Tensa Trekking Treez hammock stands: http://tensaoutdoor.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appanoose View Post
    Have you looked at this system. Looks pretty simple to get together and would be a good pioneering-type project for the Scouts!
    http://theultimatehang.com/2013/04/0...hammock-stand/
    This looks interesting and I probably have everything I'll need already in the garage.

    I'll let you know how it turns out.
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    Geodesic Dome. Lots of room for Hangers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IRONFISH45 View Post
    Geodesic Dome. Lots of room for Hangers.
    Yes, but not really a good option with respect to portability.

    I picked up 2x3 today and am evaluating which cordage options to employ for three hammock stand from the Ultimate Hang
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    OCDave I'm loving making Tensahedron stands out of 8' pioneering poles (or the equivalent) plus lashings on Scout campouts. I've got a 3-scout, 9 pole stand in mind that's tensahedron based but haven't tried it yet. Let me find the post for that. Also working on a tarp concept for it that's pretty cool but do not have drawings for that.

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    OK found the thread, here are some items:
    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGravity View Post
    A 6-pole, 3-hammock version is at: https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...=1#post1840389

    HOWEVER, I want to attempt a 9-pole, 3-hammock "tri-tensahedron" (basically three full tensahedrons, but 3 poles do double-duty & come together in the center on the ground)

    I've only gotten as far as to do some math, which tells me it should work with:
    • 7.5' poles (leaving room on 8' poles for lashing)
    • 4 tripod lashings, 3 bipod (or diagonal or square) lashings
    • up to 11' hammock
    • 18" hang height
    • 10.4' "tarp" ridgeline
    • 6' "baseline" (along the ground)
    • 30 degree hang angle results, and that vector should be co-planar with the two nearest poles
    • Also, as viewed from above, the pole angles with each other will all be 120 or 60 degrees (kind of goes without saying)

    Obtaining a bit more time, and 3 more poles, are the only things standing in my way.
    My diagrams:
    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGravity View Post
    Here is my (Excel-based) attempt at a diagram. (Edit: I added another diagram with opaque hammocks in case it helps.)
    Attachment 167047 Attachment 167048

    Well-executed by one of the Tensa partners using Tensa4 poles:
    Quote Originally Posted by raftingtigger View Post

    It seems to work. Hammocks are different lengths and the poles are slightly different lengths. I have not yet tried to optimize the hang on each hammock, but have hung in each individually. Since it is symmetrical, hammocks and poles of the same length are probably desired.

    Since a strut holds 2 people I would decrease the safe load by 1/2 of a single stand.
    Attachment 167090

    (Edit: Pictures aren't showing up well, maybe jump into the long Tensahedron thread at https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...=1#post1909043 if you have interest)

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    Right now I have 2"x3"x8' studs drilled with 5 mm polyester accessory cord on eacd so that the equilateral triangle is locked in for each. More polyester accessory cord for keeping the poles up.

    I was trying to use 3/8 x 12" galvanized spikes to secure the corners however, we experienced soaking rains all day yesterday so the spikes, doubled and criss-crossed held for awhile then pulled up a plate sized chunk of my lawn. I have just a few hours before we leave so, will probably do a stakes behind stakes type of solution. (I can't bring myself to use 3' rebar)
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