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    Dual Ridgeline

    Okay, I still haven't gotten my HH yet, but reading previous posts has led me to a question.

    Do I understand correctly that if you removed ridgeline, the bug net will lay flat on the hammock and you basically have a top loader?
    If so, will this damage the net?
    Could the hammock be turned over to have the net on the bottom side?
    And then you could use the hammock with an over the hammock sleeping bag?
    And then re-attach the structural ridgeline?
    Or could you intially have two ridgelines, one permanenlty tied outside of the net, and a second detatchable inside the net?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunHiker View Post
    Do I understand correctly that if you removed ridgeline, the bug net will lay flat on the hammock and you basically have a top loader?
    Yes. Don't remove it completely, though, just cut it and tie the loose ends to a small rated biner or a screwlink. That way, you can take down or use the ridgeline at will.

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    If so, will this damage the net?
    No.

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    Could the hammock be turned over to have the net on the bottom side?
    Yes, that's actually the better way to use it.

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    And then you could use the hammock with an over the hammock sleeping bag?
    Yes.

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    And then re-attach the structural ridgeline?
    Yes, see the ridgeline description above.

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    Or could you intially have two ridgelines, one permanenlty tied outside of the net, and a second detatchable inside the net?
    That's certainly a possibility, but I haven't seen it done before. I would just make the existing one removable instead.

    That's a lot of questions in a short space....
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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    Cool. So, there's an opening to allow the ridge line to pass either inside or outside? Or does this have to be done also?

    And what is that on the monkey's back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunHiker View Post
    Cool. So, there's an opening to allow the ridge line to pass either inside or outside? Or does this have to be done also?
    No, there is not an opening. By modifiying the ridgeline, I meant that you can just cut the internal ridgeline and tie those loose ends to something like a quicklink so that it can easily be disconnected to hang loose. That will let the netting lay flat against the body of the hammock. While it is that flat, you can lounge on it, use it as a chair, use an overbag, etc. Then, when you want to use the bugnet again, just reconnect the ridgeline.

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    And what is that on the monkey's back?
    A jetpack!
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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    Thanks for the explanation. I can see me adding an extra set of small outside loops to allow a quick chang. So when you cut the ridgeline, do you generally cut both ends or just one?

    Of course it's a jetpack, what was I thinking?

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    I had wondered about the monkey... it was either a jet pack or some sort of futuristic warhead... either way it was cool.

    The only way it could be better is if you had a whole army of jetpack monkies on some sort of flying pirate ship

    Cajun Hiker - where you intending to sleep in the hammock with the net on the bottom/top loading? I haven't done this as I don't have a hennesy, but I can imagine that you would put something similar to a prusik loop on either end of your hammock over the whipping maybe and connect your newly cut ridgeline to that so that you woudn't be cutting anyholes anywhere. I hope that was what you were going for, sorry if it wasn't
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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunHiker View Post
    So when you cut the ridgeline, do you generally cut both ends or just one?
    I cut in the middle of the ridgeline, inside the hammock.
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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    Most of the time, I'll probably be using the net. I just thought it would be a nice option to go toploading/overbag for colder (bug-free) times of the year.

    Yes, that's what I had in mind with the ridgeline. Existing ridgeline to be cut 1/2 to 1 foot from each end (I'm speculating here) and then adding quicklinks or biners for re-attachement. Additionaly, you'd add a new set of 1/2 to 1 foot ridgline ends and attach them ouside of the netting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunHiker View Post
    Yes, that's what I had in mind with the ridgeline. Existing ridgeline to be cut 1/2 to 1 foot from each end (I'm speculating here) and then adding quicklinks or biners for re-attachement. Additionaly, you'd add a new set of 1/2 to 1 foot ridgline ends and attach them ouside of the netting.
    Why cut the ridgeline in more than one place? Letting the free ends just hang loose inside the hammock isn't a problem, IMO.

    You might try using the HH without an outside ridgeline, CajunHiker... You may find it to be comfortable without having to bother. And, you can add one later if you like.
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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    I use a cheap ($40~) netless extra-wide hammock (a Treehugger, same as an ENO or a Treklite) in the late fall/early spring/winter when the bugs aren't out. Only weighs a pound. When I need a bugnet, I take the HH Explorer Deluxe; heavier, but still probably the most comfortable hammock I own.

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