What's up all,
I've been lurking here for a long time and have been piecing together a diy hammock setup. Even though my sewing skills suck I have made a whipped end hammock (a la Just Jeff's) and a Cat cut tarp using elements from the infamous Black Cat PDF and the hex tarp plans on Backwoods Daydreamer.
The hammock has been around for a while but the tarp is new. The setup has not been in the woods yet.
I decided that I wanted to suspend my tarp and hammock from the same line and went through the process of figuring out (at least on paper) how to do that. I used 50' of 7/64 Amsteel Blue and I realized that I did not do enough research on this stuff because it doesn't like knots and prussiks slide on it like nobody's business. These two things were imperative to the plan.
Essentially, I was going to use a Girth Hitch to attach a rappel ring to my tree straps. I would have the tarp attached to the ridgeline using prussik knots and use truckers hitches to suspend the tarp between the two rappel rings. On the ridgeline just inside the the end of the tarp I would use alpine butterfly knots to create loops from which to clip my hammock to the ridgeline using some light biners.
I have looked around and cannot find the info that I am looking for and I was hoping somebody here could help. I want to find a reasonable alternative to Amsteel that does not stretch, is light, strong and is much less slippery.
I apologize if this is somewhere on here already, I tried looking for myself but came up empty handed.