So, the pole snapped under the compression. I thought it would be okay because I saw others doing the same.
I was thinking of using a dowel or something. I've spent the last 5 hours scouring all the threads I could and I have seen dozens of ideas floating around, but I'll just come out and say it.... what is a best, light, surefire way to not have it break on me again. The hammock is Grizz's DIY Bridge.
Oh, and I ordered this tarp today. I think I might have screwed myself over, but I'm a student, and I'm poor (funny how those both coincide). http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_oh_product
Thanks for the help.