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Brandon, I'm thinking about the ridgeline for a second... given that splices are generally stronger than knots, you could also use a lighter cord for the ridgeline by making it a Whoopie Sling.
That would also, potentially, let end-users adjust the ridgeline tension for themselves. Not sure whether that's a good thing, but it would be feasible.
Actually, these ideas are kind of independent. An adjustable ridgeline might be attractive whether or not it reduced weight. Especially when you're dealing with a bunch of obsessive hammock-forums tinkerers.
Shooting from the hip here, since I haven't seen a BB up close, I think it would be easy to turn the stock line into a UCR, at the cost of about 3 feet of span on each end. The original stock line+webbing setup wouldn't need to be changed.
If I were ordering a BB (and I may, once I get the DIY bug out of my system) I'd ask for an extra 3' of line on each end to allow for a UCR mod, but then I'm biased.
There was a recent discussion about whether trekking poles build upper body muscle. I suggested that on a familiar in-and-out hike, one could get some 2 poundish wrist weights and wear them while hiking. When they got tired, after an hour or so, they could stash the weights and retrieve them on the return trip. There were a few commented about how dangerous this could be to the unconditioned body and it would be best to consult with their physician first before attempting such an endeavor!
I suppose they are right, but I would tend to think a backpacker is familiar with their bodily abilities and has a little common sense.
I don't know, maybe it is a stupid idea, but a 4 oz carbon trekking pole sure isn't going to build any muscle.
For me personally all the rhythm and consistency talk is secondary to the fact that the pole help keep me from falling down.
I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.
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I've always wanted to make a pair of weighted poles. Like 3-4 lbs. each. The center of gravity would have to be up near the top and balanced out to the ends of the poles. I'm quite positive you could get a good workout with some of these, if there was such a thing.
This thread sure has gotten off subject.