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    newbie suspension blues

    I set up my ENO DN this weekend for a little car camping and decided to give a strap and ring suspension a try. I believe it's a sort of sliding ring system, like on a double ring belt. I used left over ratchet straps and a handful of rings from a ranch supply store. The straps went around the tree, two rings were attached to each end of my hammock. I fed the strap through both rings, then separated the rings and fed the strap between both back towards the tree. Tied a slippery half-hitch and thought it was good. I tugged and pulled to make sure everything was good, but when I got in the hammock, the foot end came loose and hit the ground each time. I ended up abandoning it and am now seeking council from everyone here as to what could have gone wrong. The strap just seemed slippery.

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    How were the rings attached to your hammock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPappy View Post
    How were the rings attached to your hammock?
    i just clipped them to my stock carabiners.

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    The rings need to be tied to the hammock by a larks head knot, holding the 2 rings together tightly when under tension. You might consider switching to climbing rated rings (SMC rings),
    as some have reported the welded steel rings opening up on them. ( your suspension should be rated to 5 x your weight ). Hope that does the trick for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrellt View Post
    i just clipped them to my stock carabiners.
    Ah! The biner was twisting when you applied tension and causing the rings to seperate. Thereby allowing the webbing to slip. At least that's what I forsee happening in my mind.

    The usual method is to lark's head the rings together with a fixed amsteel loop. Then lark's head or prusic that "ring device" onto the hammock. Because this arrangement will not allow the rings to separate the webbing will hold fast.


    EDIT: Yeah welded steel rings can separate; has happened to me. If you are sub 200lbs you may not have a problem for a long long time, but for peace of mind I'd go with climbing approved descender rings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronAlso View Post
    Ah! The biner was twisting when you applied tension and causing the rings to seperate. Thereby allowing the webbing to slip. At least that's what I forsee happening in my mind.

    The usual method is to lark's head the rings together with a fixed amsteel loop.
    +1 If the straps or rings are able to slip side to side you'll drop. I am surprised it happened with the half hitch even, but if it was pulled tight it was probably small enough to pass the rings.

    Larks head the two rings so they stay directly over top each other.

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    Here's my ultimate suspension set up idea. I really like the idea of being able to detach the hammock whilst under the tarp. This method would mean I could leave the whoopies attached to the hammock if I wanted to (which would also mean I could still use snakeskins). Though, thinking about it, maybe it would be better to use a Dutch biner between hammock and whoopie. What do you think?


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    Ahh, I see. It's one of those fixes that I'm going to kick myself about!
    I'll lash them to the tarp and give it a shot. Also keeping my eye open for a few descender rings. thanks for the help!

    Once the cash comes in for frivolities, I'll be adding a whoopie sling system.

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    For the time being, you can install two rings, and remove the carabiner with out unting the stock rope from your ENO... Simply remove the carabiner, untie the knot that was used to hold it in place.. You should be left with just a loop going through sticking out of your hammock.. Feed the loop through both rings, then fold the tip of the loop back toward the hammock, then pull the rings away from the hammock, you should know have a knot holding both rings in place.. I used this set up on my ENO with steel rings for about a year with out any problems.. I have since upgraded to whoopie slings..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siggy View Post
    Here's my ultimate suspension set up idea. I really like the idea of being able to detach the hammock whilst under the tarp. This method would mean I could leave the whoopies attached to the hammock if I wanted to (which would also mean I could still use snakeskins). Though, thinking about it, maybe it would be better to use a Dutch biner between hammock and whoopie. What do you think?

    I don't think a dutch hook is what you want, they are tiny and made for tarp suspension. I have broken a dutch hook using it improperly and for things it was not designed for, and no where near the force hammock suspension sees.

    I think you are wanting a dutch whoopie hook.

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