Hello all - I am making my own hammock using headchange4u, Just Jeff and Risk's inspiration and info. I've finished with the base and whipping, and am researching suspension. I've been planning on doing larksheads attached to each end with whoopies that'll attach to webbed toggles. But then I had an idea of my own. It may have been done before, it may be a terrible idea, but I was wondering what your thoughts are...diagram and explanation follows:
Basically I would make the entire suspension one large loop [seen in red in the diagram]. It would look like a single rope that was larksheaded at both ends to the hammock ends [the "o"s in the diagram], and wraps through carabiners attached to each tree [the "+"s]. It would be adjustable in the middle above the hammock with a whoopie-style compression [the "="s]. The green ridgeline would be attached to loops in the whipping as seen in headchange4u's tutorial.
Benefits I see:Code:|| / \|| ||/ ||_/ \|| || ||-+---------======--------+-|| || \ / \ / || || \ / || || o-----------------o || || \_______________/ || || || ###############################
- No need to have an extra line for a tarp - just use the suspension line!
- As simple as whoopie slings, but with a shorter minimum length to the ropes since the whoopies don't get in the way.
- Only one adjustment point for the entire suspension.
- Carabiners make for super easy attachment.
- The netting is held up by the ridgeline.
- Maybe the suspension/tarp line wouldn't hold the tarp high enough above the hammock?
- Maybe the hammock would slid on the carabiners and your feet or head would wind up way above the other [simply fixed by looping around the carabiner]?
- Maybe a whoopie is enough to hold one half of the suspension, but a single whoopie holding the entire thing is too much?
This is what I was thinking, but I've never made or even used a hammock before, so I was curious for feedback before I tried to make it. If it's a bad idea, I'll just do whoopies and toggles. Thoughts?