Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1

    Structural ridge line

    Ok, band new to hammocking. I was doing some reading on here and found that if you use a structural ridgeline you can find the best sag for personal comfort and it stays consistent when you hang your hammock so that is set at my preference every time without fooling with the ends. That said, when I tie my hammock to the tree is foot and head end at the same height? If so what is normal height? Head high? Or in theory does it matter since I have this SRL? When I tie my hammock to the tree with this method how tight do I pull it? Or again, as long as its secure it doesn't matter because of the SRL? What I am considering because it looks easy to me it a whoopie sling adjustable ridgeline and whoopie slings on the ends. I was going to use rachchette straps with the rachette removed and use a marlin spike knot. I've only been at this a week and have only one hang under my belt which I might add didn't go well because I had no idea there where all these options and configurations which would have made life easier. In case it matters I'm 6 foot 4 208 lbs and I purchased a hammock from Wally World the equip travel hammock. Thanks allot you all have been extremely helpful.

  2. #2
    Senior Member Roadrunnr72's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Milford, Va.
    1.1 dbl ge double strech-side
    Tadpole/ Superfly
    Whoopie,D Buckle
    You want the foot end a little higher, some say almost a foot higher, some say 6". You have to try a few different ways/heights and see what is the most comfortable. If you have your head higher, over the night, you will slip down in the hammock, towards the foot end. Trust me, it's not fun having to pull your self back towards the head end. You still want to try and maintain the 30deg angle of the straps. The ridgeline is to help keep the same lay in the hammock, if you don't get the angles right. If the trees are to far apart, it can be a PITA to get the angles right, and the hammock to lay right, so the ridgeline keeps it there. I usually use a whoopie for the ridgeline, so I can adjust it and try different amount of sag in the hammock. Some start this way, and when they find the "sweet spot", measure and switch it to a solid line with locked Brummel at both ends. When I find the right spot, I just take one of the little bread wrappers twist ties and put on the whoopie part to keep it from falling off the suspension when I have it stored in the stuff sack.
    Last edited by Roadrunnr72; 11-14-2012 at 17:00.
    I'm a member of PETA!!!!


  3. #3
    DivaB's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Newark, OH
    DIY Extra Wide & Long Tablecloth
    Funky & GG Tarps
    DIY down UQ
    continuous L. Amst
    Foot end higher, I almost go a full foot higher. As for your ridgeline, start with 83% of your hammock length. Measure from suspension point to suspension point of your hammock laying out straight and then take that number and go 83%. Then play with that figure from there until you have the sag that is comfortable to you. When you hang your hammock, there should bit a bit of play in that ridgeline.......blah, it'll be easier to just show you when we get together, than trying to explain it.

  4. #4
    New Member MidTNHANGER's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Murfreesboro TN
    Eno DN
    DIY cat cut
    Whoopsie slings
    +1 on foot end higher I highly recommend the book the ultimate hang for 15 or 20 bucks it is invaluable or if u have a iPhone or kindle or something get a E version for like 4 bucks it will answer almost any question u have about ham mocking and is highly recommended by most on this site. Cheers
    A man does not climb a mountain without taking some of it away with him, and leaving something of himself upon it.

  5. #5

    My rig set up

    I would assume I have some suspension issues.just used the stock strings and two ratchet straps
    Attached Images Attached Images

  6. #6
    hairbear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    n e missouri
    wbrr/d i y speer
    hg 4sccc 12 foot
    straps /pole mod
    be patient with yourself,and plus 1 on above mentioned tips.happy hanging.

Similar Threads

  1. Structural ridge line
    By litetrek in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 06-16-2013, 21:39
  2. Structural ridge line on Switchback
    By Sidewinder in forum Tree to Tree Trail Gear
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 03-22-2011, 22:18
  3. structural ridge line in Blackbird
    By jeepcachr in forum Warbonnet Hammocks
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 10-30-2010, 07:39
  4. Adjustable Structural Ridge Line
    By opie in forum Whoopie Slings
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 06-08-2010, 04:37
  5. whoopie and structural ridge-line
    By Jim S in forum Suspension Systems, Ridgelines, & Bug Nets
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 04-04-2010, 14:26


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts