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    Creative storage ideas on HH ridgeline?

    When I did my last shakedown, I cut my rideline inside (for more lounging comfort) and discovered the little mesh pocket comes right off. Has anyone ever put their own little storage pocket or some other storage thing on the ridgeline and just removed the stock one?

    I'm specifically trying to figure out how to have my water available inside of my hammock and was trying to figure out how to hang my canteen from the ridgeline using some sort of pocket or something. I use these as my hydration system, just to give you an idea:

    One of my canteens has the top in this picture, the other, I just screw on the hydration tube, and that loop is not on it.

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    Any creative ideas anyone? Thanks!
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    That's what I use for water, too. I usually put it in a fleece stuffsack and use it as a pillow. Keeps it from freezing, too.

    Also, at the ends of the ridgeline, where it connects to the hammock, there's a loop. You can tie a cord or clip a biner up there, then use that to clip stuff sacks or whatever and they'll stay above your head within easy reach.
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    Get the ridge tight enough and you can clip stuff anywhere along it. Then you can slide it around wherever's convenient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    That's what I use for water, too. I usually put it in a fleece stuffsack and use it as a pillow. Keeps it from freezing, too.

    Also, at the ends of the ridgeline, where it connects to the hammock, there's a loop. You can tie a cord or clip a biner up there, then use that to clip stuff sacks or whatever and they'll stay above your head within easy reach.

    Where do you put the hydration tube, or do you not have it connected to the one you're using as a pillow?

    You all should have seen me when my ridgeline got pulled half way out of the that little mesh pocket. I decided to make this modification on my last overnight, so my resources for getting the ridgeline threaded back through the pocket, were very limited. I ended up using my dental floss and several small sticks to pull the ridgeline back through and tie the end to a biner. I felt like Macgyver for a second.
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    A side note on the nalgene canteens. I used 2 of them on my hike this month. I put them in the water bottle holders on the sides of my pack. On my pack they are a mesh material. I had a stick break off inside the pocket and put a hole in the canteen. Other than that they worked great. I am still using the 2nd one.

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    I don't use a hydration tube with the cantene. I have a Platy with a tube that I use sometimes...I usually leave it inside my backpack, and I clip my backpack to the hammock support just outside the hammock.
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    Why use a clip or a biner to hang a small stuff sack? It already has a draw string with a knot in the end of it. A simple overhand knot around the ridgeline and it's there. Easily slides back and forth and easy to untie.

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    with all the stuff you are hanging from this line won't that cause sagging problems. How much weight can you hang before you start to have problems?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ewker View Post
    with all the stuff you are hanging from this line won't that cause sagging problems. How much weight can you hang before you start to have problems?
    no, the line won't sag from little things hung on it... your weight in the hammock keeps it tight. not sure what the 'breaking point', but i've not found it yet...

    i have a small, 1/4 oz biner in the loop over my head, but seldom use it. sometimes i will bring my food bag inside, and that's a good place to hang it from-out of the way.

    at the foot end, i use a small biner too, but have put it on a short leash... i took a foot-long piece of 550/para cord and tied it to the loop in the foot end of the ridgeline. then i made another loop in the end of it, and clipped the biner to it AND the ridgeline. now, when i sit up in the hammock, the biner is about a foot closer to me, and i don't have to stretch so far to the foot end to reach it.

    you can tie your boots together by the laces, hang them over the ridgeline, and out through the slit if they're muddy, inside if they're clean enough. the foot-end biner keeps them in place.

    i have another small biner inside, freely roaming, onto which i clip a thermometer and a Photon light. the thermometer comes off and goes somewhere handy during the day, back on the biner at night. same with my biner-watch... it hangs off my pack strap during the day, then i flip the head and it hangs off the ridgeline at night. Photon just stays there, sort of like a dome light...

    finally, i sewed a piece of silnylon into the hammock body on the right side (as you're laying in it on your back), just even with the mosquito netting vertically, and about even with my bicep horizontally. if i could do it over again (and i might someday), i'd sew it a little more toward the foot end, maybe down nearer to my elbow... it's big enough to hold a paperback book and a 32oz water bottle.

    i can also hang my pack (golite gust) inside, at the foot end, clipped to the foot-end biner so it doesn't slide onto me, without undue weight stress on the ridgeline.

    it's crowded inside at night, but it beats the alternatives...

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    seeker, you are hanging things inside of your hammock?? I thought the ridgeline ran on the outside of the hammock and that is what the tarp draps over

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