1. I have also been looking into carbon. I found a few places that have 60", and 72" lenghts. I was thinking about 1/2" dia. heavy wall. They would double as walking poles. Or a set of three 24" long CF pipes that connect using ferrules like a paddle. Its all compresion force. Each pole sould only be carrying Half your body weight. Single pole with two guy lines to heavey duty stakes.

2. Yes, it is compression. What are the weight of these poles?

3. Ed Speer told me he has seen hammocks tied up to Rhoddodendrums ( one side only) with good tie-outs. I'm sure there is an element of skill involved, though.

4. I have hung from aluminum ski poles on several occasions. Used as a bipod on one end of the hammock, they are very sturdy. Do not try this trick with collapsible trekking poles. They will....collapse. You can also do this with downed limbs found on the trail.

5. Originally Posted by KayakCarl
I have also been looking into carbon. I found a few places that have 60", and 72" lenghts. I was thinking about 1/2" dia. heavy wall. They would double as walking poles. Or a set of three 24" long CF pipes that connect using ferrules like a paddle. Its all compresion force. Each pole sould only be carrying Half your body weight. Single pole with two guy lines to heavey duty stakes.
Actually, each pole would be carrying about all of your body weight if you use a single pole on each end of the hammock. You have to factor in the vector of the load.

6. Originally Posted by RootCause
My math may be off, but isn't that supposed to be about double the weight? I did a 2*200*(sin 30) and came up with 395lbs. That doesn't make sense to me, though- how your weight would double with a strictly vertical load. I'd still shoot for the 1000#, just in case the brace got moved off plumb....
I'm not trying to sound like a smart alec but sin30 equals .5 so the weight is unaffected by a 30 degree angle

7. Originally Posted by RootCause
My math may be off, but isn't that supposed to be about double the weight? I did a 2*200*(sin 30) and came up with 395lbs. That doesn't make sense to me, though- how your weight would double with a strictly vertical load. I'd still shoot for the 1000#, just in case the brace got moved off plumb....
You might have made a mistake with the calculator's SIN function. Sine of 30 = .5

So... 2*200*.5=200

The "2" multiplier is in the formula because there's tension on both the hammock and tree sides of the rope.

8. Did a little searching but I couldnt find what I was looking for. Somewhere on this forum is a pic of a hang where the hammock was tied off to a tree on one side and a large vertical branch with a single line tying it down. You dont have to have 2 poles or 2 lines. One of each will work.

9. Yes one of each will work. It's much more stable with either a bipod, and one guy line, or a single pole, and two guy lines.

10. If two ski poles worked, then I'm guessing my three oar tripod would be ok. As long as the tripod itself is secure.
KJ