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    Senior Member Foxpoop's Avatar
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    Ridgeline questions from Noobie

    I am using the hammock calculator app and it works great for getting a comfy hang, but my Ridgeline is very droopy when I get in.
    I am hanging in my basement from a GT UL (9.5' or 114"), so I pre-adjusted my whoopie to 95" (approx 83%).
    I captured each loop of my Ridgeline with the whoopie at each gathered end of my hammock.
    I put in all the calculations and got in my hammock and the Ridgeline is almost resting limp on my head.
    Any ideas or help?
    Here it is hung:
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1351635580.556119.jpg
    And here it is after I get in:
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1351635768.299436.jpg

    Here are my stats for this hang:
    14.8' distance between anchors
    79.5" hang height
    47.9" suspension length (per side)
    95" ridgeline
    114" hammock length
    I am 6'3", 225lbs.
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    Your straps are too high.

    Mike

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    Senior Member Foxpoop's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDSH View Post
    Your straps are too high.

    Mike
    Thanks Mike.
    So is the hammock hang calculator from theultimatehang.com not any good?
    I set everything up to the inch from his calculator.

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    I have used the calculator and it has worked well before. Even double checked your numbers. It sure does seem your straps are pretty high. Try forming an L with your thumb & index finger. Thumb parallel with tree or post and finger with ridge line. There's your approx. 30 degree angle.

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    Senior Member Foxpoop's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiknhanger View Post
    I have used the calculator and it has worked well before. Even double checked your numbers. It sure does seem your straps are pretty high. Try forming an L with your thumb & index finger. Thumb parallel with tree or post and finger with ridge line. There's your approx. 30 degree angle.
    I lowered my tree straps and shortened my whoopie slings a little and it tightened up the ridgeline. I just wish the calculator worked for me. I have ordered a BIAS WWM double layer, so maybel the 11' length will work out better.

    Another question:
    Is the 30 degree angle BEFORE you get in the hammock? Because mine slumps to more like a 45 degree after I get in.

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    just wanted to say, that the thumb and finger idea has helped me out more then once!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtsrunner View Post
    I lowered my tree straps and shortened my whoopie slings a little and it tightened up the ridgeline. I just wish the calculator worked for me. I have ordered a BIAS WWM double layer, so maybel the 11' length will work out better.

    Another question:
    Is the 30 degree angle BEFORE you get in the hammock? Because mine slumps to more like a 45 degree after I get in.
    Yes. Before you get in. Hard to do while hanging there😊. It isn't exact but gets you pretty darn close. For what it's worth, set the foot end a few inches higher than the head too. It keeps you from sliding down in the hammock all night. I spent my first overnight in a hammock pulling myself back up every little while.

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    Ok, here is the hammock angle from the foot end with me in it.
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1351643353.076347.jpg

    Does the thumb and forefinger thing work if one happens to be double jointed?😃
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1351643440.008299.jpg

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    That angle looks pretty good to me in the first pic. That curly thumb might get you tied in knots😀

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    Yeah.....straps will be different in the woods all the time as tree spacing will vary hugely. I go neck high to sometimes raising them up the tree with my hiking pole to get my sweet hang. But....I am not a math guy.
    Sometimes mine droops and sometimes tight in the woods but i'm too tired and hungry to care and still sleep so good.
    Carry forth.......
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