Not to hijack your thread but this past weekend camping/hanging I used your method "Hiker Pole Side Pullout for Tarps" I noticed it popped up at the end of your video (You sir are a genius) That works like a charm. I changed it a little by using shock cord on the pull outs but same effect. I like how the shock cord can give & take as the wind dictates.
Great ideas keep em coming.
Two points -
1. You can fit an 11 or 12 foot RL tarp between nearly any distance trees if they are all that are around (imagine a car camp, desert, etc.). Heck, you can drape your tarp over your hammock and your 12 foot RL tarp can be made to fit over your hammock with nearly any length RL (6 foot, 7 foot, 8 foot, etc.) and fit between trees as short as your height if need be.
However, if you don't know how to make your hammock fit that span, you're sleeping on the cold ground.
2. If you have a 10 or even an 11 foot hammock with no ridgeline (Switchback comes to mind, or any DIY of course) your hammock "hung length" can be the full 10 or 11 feet when not restricted with a ridgeline; add 2-4 feet of whoopie slings and your minimum hang distance is now 12-15 feet. Your tarp with an 11 foot or even a 12 foot RL would fit trees with 11 or 12 feet between them, however, your 10 or 11 foot hammock with no ridgeline and stock whoopie slings needs 12-15 feet and will not work without some type of accommodation.
Once again, in a forest with hundreds of trees, accommodations would not be needed - just move along to other trees. However, in less than ideal situations and/or with longer hammocks without ridgelines, having a few tricks up your sleeve to make things work can keep you off the ground.
Thank you Tendertoe for the demonstration!
I've never been able to figure out why some folks think that there is some kind of minimum distance associated with whoopies. There simply isn't.
Besides, is their tarp shorter than their hammock???
"Life is a Project!"
Very helpful ideas for a fellow WBRR owner (and fellow buckeye) just starting out with whoopie slings. I was starting to wonder whether a shortening of the RR dogbones was going to be necessary to accomplish the shorter hang distances.
Last edited by 1csleptonkayak; 05-20-2014 at 15:54.
Free advice worth what you paid for it. ;-)