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    Talking Noob here: Ridgeline, suspension line, and whoopie slings

    Hey guys,

    Sorry I know there are thousands of posts on this subject and I honestly haven't found a clear answer, or at least one that I could recognize haha.

    I have an ENO doublnest and use the atlas straps...just getting into hammock camping.

    Can you please tell me the difference, if there is any, between a ridgeline and suspension lines?

    Thank you in advance!!!!!!

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    A ridgeline is non weight bearing. Suspension lines are weight bearing.

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    Atlas straps and whoopie slings are two different kinds of suspension lines. They connect the hammock to the tree. A ridgeline connects the two ends of the hammock together to force a set amount of sag (slack) in the hammock regardless of how the suspension lines are setup. The ridgeline will allow your hammock to have a comfortable amount of sag even when your trees are too far apart and the suspension angle is less than the recommended 30 degrees. I think the rule of thumb for ridge line length is 80% of the length of the hammock.

    The Ultimate Hang Book is often recommended for people new to hammocking: http://theultimatehang.com/

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    Thank you..that makes much more sense..you should have seen me go over so many threads.

    SO MANY NOTES.

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    Another great source of information are all the videos that Shug has made. I have watched a bunch of these videos on tarps and insulation.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7NZVqpBUV0

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    There's also tarp ridgelines to consider. Some like the tarp over the ridgeline, some like it under.

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    A hammock's ridge line does bear load if the hanging angle is less than 30 degrees.

    The distance between trees and their diameter are the greatest variables in the woods. Since I do not want to worry about the 30 degree angle I made a structural ridge line out of 1/8" Amsteel and intend to use highly rated tree straps and suspension. If anyone can guarantee a 30 degree angle then very lightweight suspension can be had -- but you're gonna die!

    Arkansas has a lot of trees but, lo, when I went camping there for Father's Day weekend there were no two trees the right distance in the site I chose so tied off to a man-made structure and a tree. The tree was so big that it ate up my tarp's 5' hugger right away. I'm the only one I know that uses tree huggers with a tarp but from sailing I understand the forces a piece of cloth in the wind can generate -- have the rope burns to prove it!

    Getting suspension right is the most challenging part of this adventure, it seems to me. I have three different suspension systems and am working on a fourth!

    When I used to hang in a lounging hammock I never thought about it -- had a big yellow polypro rope and in ten years never fell. But since sleeping in one -- why worry about your rigging when you're trying to sleep?

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    Don't worry, we were all confused at some point

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    I agree with Mike, the ridge line on my ENO doublenest is made from the same amsteel as my whoopie slings. I would rather not be popped in the face by a failing ridge line for a few oz of weight savings.
    There are some non-structural ridge lines out there that do things like just hold up a bug net, or allow you to hang some gear.
    So I suppose there are two general different forms of ridge line; structural and non-structural. Earlier I was describing a structural ridge line (because that is what I use).

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    I am just as confused!

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