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    What is a ridgeline?

    The question I didn't want to ask, but couldn't seem to find an answer to. I am super new to the hammocking hobby so I am learning about all of the basic terms, but I am not new to bumming around in one.

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    A structural ridge line is used in a hammock to provide a consistent lay. It runs overhead and connects both ends of the hammock. It's the yellow line that can be seen in this image:



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    See, I thought that's what it was.

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    It's also used when referring to the line(s) that hold up up your tarp.


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    Are there different types of ridgelines?

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    For hammocks, there are fixed ridgelines and adjustable ridge lines. Go to whoopieslings.com. He has all the info you should need.

    http://www.whoopieslings.com/

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    I've seen all the sites and youtubes and have decided while I understand my setup I'll have see an adjustable ridgeline in the wild to understand the point. So I sympathize with your question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HamMach1 View Post
    Are there different types of ridgelines?
    Yes.


    On the hammock, there are two major kinds of ridgeline: structural and non-structural.

    Structural ridgelines (often abbreviated to "SRL") allow you to hang your hammock in non-optimal spots where the trees are too far apart. The SRL is strong enough (and has little enough stretch) to keep your hammock's whipping ends close enough together to allow for a consistent sag, which is necessary for a consistent flat lie.

    Non-structural ridgelines allow you to hang stuff from them (an SRL does this, too) and offers a guide for how much tension you should put on your suspension (when the ridgeline is taut, that's as far as you should tighten your suspension). However, it will not do that for you, which is the real difference between a non-structural and a structural.

    Both can be made adjustable and/or removable.


    On your tarp, you can use a continuous ridgeline (often abbreviated to "CRL"). What this does is allow you to more easily center your tarp over your hammock. By tying the ridgeline up and having adjustable knots or hardware (there're several different ways to do this) attaching the tarp to the ridgeline, you only have to muck about with knots once. Then you can simply slide your tarp to center it over the hammock.


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    Most folks say 83% of hammock length is a good length for a RL. But I like mine a little longer when I can adjust one. Just experiment and you will find the right length.

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    If you have a fixed ridge line that is structural so that the hammock always hangs the same, does the magic 30 degree angle become irrelevant? Seems like it would be as long as the ridge line is taut.

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