I need to get this read. We have a scout campout this weekend that I may need it for, hehe
Is there a consensus on what type of rope to use for the lashings?
I have been using a tripod stand in my yard for over 20yrs. I use the 2" landscape poles for holding up young trees in new housing areas can be found for free. And I found a 12' long log like poll pointed at both ends that sits on top (of what my kids, now all grown) called my treepods when needed moved, no trees in our desert backyard. The hammock hooked on both ends of that poll with the downward weight and never moved no matter how rough the kids jumped in and out of that thing. (good memories) Never had a problem with a tarp, the ends at about 10' center to center held the ridge fine, remember I have a 6" thick poll for a ridgeline. The tarp tied on at the base of the legs in the back and top ridge if needed. The front could be flipped over top for more room or held out with sticks or trekking polls for more shade in front. I still have the Treepods here, But not the kids Hmmmm.
10' hammock & 11' tarp equals *' ridge pole? 12'?
I use the 14' combination most but could get by with 12', I think. Unless your buying a 12' piece, I'd leave yourself more length, but you should be good with 12'. (you can cut more off but it's hard to add back... )