OK I thought that when I hung the bridge hammock, I could just make a loop of cord from one side to the other (from the side with the hiking pole handle to the side with the hiking pole tip), then just clip it with a carabiner to the main suspension line, so the two sides would be self equalizing in length (brilliant - NOT). As you guys probably already know this is a bad idea! LOL When I try to get in, all the cord slides to one side and you can't get the thing level again without some major struggling, then once your level if you turn over, the cords slide and try to dump you out.
So my question is, what is the best way to do this? Seperate measured cords to a ring, then attach the ring to the main suspension line? I thought this would be the simple part but its harder than I planned, I wanted to make it simple to hang but not sure how to do it yet?[/QUOTE]
Take that same cord, and at the mid-point lark's head it onto something like a ring, or a carbiner. The lark's head will keep the two sides from moving.
You can hang from trees that are closer, but then you need to use stakes and pull-out lines to pull the ends of the hammock apart to get the flat lay. I did a post on that this fall. It's probably easier to find trees that are far enough apart.
Right now I'm using small suspension triangles, somewhat gingerly, for the sole purpose of getting my suspension entirely under a 10' ridgeline so that I can button the hammock up in a tarp-tent in the winter. 36" spreader bar, and 27.5" suspension side. It's really important to get the poles centered so that the compression force goes straight down the middle. But TeeDee has evidently been doing this for a while, and the JRB BMBH has spreader bars that are similarly scaled for smallish suspension triangle. Time will tell.