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    BurningCedar's Avatar
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    My "ideal" distance with a BB is about 12'. Conveniently, this happens to be the same as the distance between the tips of my trekking poles if I hold them in a T shape. Makes finding the perfect trees easier.

    My "easy to setup" range is about 10-1/2' to 16'. Beyond that I have to use the trekking poles to shove the tree straps high enough.

    When I first started, I used to really crank my ridgeline very tight. I later learned that I'd get a more comfortable lay with a bit of angle in the suspension line. Brandon's video works pretty well for me. I've honestly never precisely measured the angle I use, but I'd guess it varies between 20-40, depending on distance between trees and my mood.
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    I have not had a hard time at all getting the s curve thing to work. If you are on the groung, simply raise the attachment points on the trees and maintain the 30 degrees.
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    And if I remember Brandon is sitting in the hammock when he demonstrates the tension on the line. When I do it that way, when I lay down the RL is tighter like you mention.
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    No I was wrong Brandon is laying down when he shows the tension on the RL, my bad.
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    Since I don't often have a choice about where to set up my hammock (I'm using campgrounds and have to be happy if they have 2 trees at all), I find myself often faced with distances of 8-10 m (26-33 feet). This means I have to get the suspension up pretty high. I found that using Warbonnet's webbing and some decent carabiners (I'm using the Camp Nano 23) helps me climb up that high without a ladder. That wouldn't be possible with whoopies and Dutch clips.

    Otherwise I'm only getting the hang of setting up the hammock perfectly now, after using it for ~6 months...

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    Ok yesterday I setup in the front yard again and I know those trees are at ~18' apart. This time I was able to setup and get it a reasonable distance off the ground by making the RL a little tighter than recommended but not so tight it felt like it was bearing the load. Still had to pitch pretty low but nothing like the ground kissing I was doing at the campground. I'm not sure why I was having that much trouble there. Possible I was rushing it trying to get set before the next wave of rain hit. So it seems like I should be back to about the same good range as the old Clark at 13 to 16'. I'll have to give the hiking pole method a try too. Although I have trouble sometimes with the tree bark snagging just on my tip toes. Imagine its even more fun poking at it with a pole.

    The park ranger was amused by the setup. Said he'd not seen a rig like that in the park before. I was relieved that he didn't give me any grief about it attaching to the trees. although it is simple to see why they make that rule. Hardly a tree there without something nailed or screwed into it.

    Anyway it was a cool night. Lots of rain, lots of Coyote calls in the night, clearing and a really bright full moon and a great morning and blue sky! All that and I slept well with just the occasional bathroom break. I don't understand why I can produce urine at 3x my normal rate in the woods? I never have to get up at night at home but outdoors I'm lucky if I only need to get up to go twice.

    Should have a quick video up soon. I really like the BB so far. I guess there just is not any hammock design though, even with a RL, that doesn't take some time to climb the learning curve on.

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    I can do the "s" thing without me in the hammock. When I lay in it, it's tight. Stress on the RL doesn't concern me much because I swapped the original with 1/8" amsteel. Keep messin withit, you'll find what works for you.
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