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Waiting on that monster 1.9 oz order of ripstop we are anticipating to work out. Then it's time to build me a bridge.
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i can see how the handle pocket works, but i'm still not fully seeing or grasping how you did the tip pocket.
what kind of tubing did you use? is it attached some way to the webbing or is it just held in place by the pole pushing against the hammock?
don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!
For the bottom of the tip pocket I use a short section of tubing with hole drilled in it for the pole tip to fit into. Sorry to say that it is a section of a treking pole I bent when I got a little wild and had a very wide spread with a single pole and bent it.
The tube is held in place with a plastic zip tie. I replaced the black one with a white one so that it would show up better in the photos.
The spreaders in this hammock are not at the ends. I'm wanting to keep the sided suspension as long as possible and move the spreader a little to the middle.
that's great! very practical.
don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!
OK, here is what I ended up going with to attach my hiking poles to my bridge. The tip end may have been a mistake, feel free to let me know if you think it won't hold.
On the handle end I used a webbing pocket (I used the 1" heavy polyester from strapworks for everything because I already had it, plus it was grey and matched the silver wallyworld ripstop). This end I think should be ok.
On the tip end, I first was going to use a ring with string attached like they use for those indian spirit catchers or dream catchers. Sometimes I use rubber tips on my poles so I thought they could just push against the string webbing. But there's nothing to hold them in place if you're not lying in the hammock so they just fall out. So instead I put a grommet in the suspension webbing. Yeah, I know this weakens the webbing, but its the thicker webbing so will it still be strong enough? I melted the hole with a soldering iron then put it the grommet. The loop on the outside of the grommet is similar to whats known as a "screamer" in climbing circles. If the webbing with the grommet fails, then the 2nd loop will pick up the tension, (the scream comes from me as the suspension drops a couple inches before the backup loop picks up the load).
I haven't hung in it yet, I have the last loop still to make. I had a rash of breaking needles trying to bar tack the double thickness of webbing. Oh, and speaking of technical difficulties, does anyone have a slick way for sewing the webbing "baskets". Sewing that last loop is tough, trying to get the rest of the webbing out of the way of the sewing maching. I actually had to use a speedy sticher (hand thingy for sewing lock stich on leather and stuff like that) for the last part.
More needles from Wallyworld tomorrow, then I'll finally get to try it out. I'll let you know how stupid an idea the grommets were
I wouldn't put a hole in the 1/2" webbing I use, but I'd guess that you're fine using the 1" strapworks webbing. Not only is it twice as wide, it's thick. Needle-breaking thick
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?
I used two seperate cords and went to 2 rings with a larkshead. This way I could use the garda hitch with the same ropes I use with my other hammocks. I want to add a ridgeline to mine and am considering doing it the way Grizz does it. He ties the up the ridgeline then clips the bridge into the ridge line. I think he described this in the bridge thread.
I've read a bunch of comments about how big the triangle needs to be to protect the compression on the hiking pole, but I'm confused. When Grizz says 4' is that 4 feet from the corner (like the handle of the hiking pole) to the vertex (where it joins the main suspension line)? If so, then how far apart do the trees have to be, like 14 or 15' I guess? Or is it 4 feet from the handle end to the pointed end? I don't want to trash my hiking poles but I'd like to be able to hang from tress that are closer than 14' apart, is that possible?