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    What's up with the ridgeline over your hammock?

    I understand a ridgeline for a tarp, but I noticed many are using a ridgeline in the middle over their hammock, supporting nothing, why is that necessary? Mine works just fine without it, so I'm sure there is other reasons you're using it..

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    Ursule, it's a personal preference. Some hang their tarp under the ridgleline in case of a heavy rain. It would prevent water from following the ridgeline down under a tarp that was hung above the ridgeline.

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    A ridgeline on the hammock helps to get the hammock set up with a consistent amount of sag from one set up to the next. Not everyone uses one but lots do to help speed up set up to get the hammock set just the right way and so that the lay of the hammock feels the same each time it is set up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgibson View Post
    A ridgeline on the hammock helps to get the hammock set up with a consistent amount of sag from one set up to the next. Not everyone uses one but lots do to help speed up set up to get the hammock set just the right way and so that the lay of the hammock feels the same each time it is set up.

    This.


    (I hate the 10 char. minimum, I only wanted to post "This." eh)

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    In addition to what Paul said, I like having the ridge line to keep the bug net off my face and to hang stuff from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poker88 View Post
    In addition to what Paul said, I like having the ridge line to keep the bug net off my face and to hang stuff from.
    Doesn't the WBBB have a built-in ridge line that keeps the bug net off your face?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgustaf249 View Post
    Doesn't the WBBB have a built-in ridge line that keeps the bug net off your face?
    Yes...and it also sets a consistent sag for the hammock and gives me a place to hang my headlamp from. When I set up camp, my headlamp is ALWAYS either around my neck/head or on my hammock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    Yes...and it also sets a consistent sag for the hammock and gives me a place to hang my headlamp from. When I set up camp, my headlamp is ALWAYS either around my neck/head or on my hammock.
    +1. That's what I do, too!
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    As discussed, a structural ridgeline is there to set a consistent amount of sag for every hang, to support bug nets and hammock socks, and to hang stuff from. You can also use a non-structural ridgeline made of something like elastic...it'll hold up a bug net and you can hang light stuff from it.

    See here for some pics: http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeHammock4.html

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    I like to hang stuff from mine.

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