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    I wonder if you could make a lightweight sectional spreader bar that you could pack in? This would let you still use your hiking poles for the tarp.

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    So, considering the forces, is anything more needed than
    • a pair of least-expensive arrows or right-sized dowels, and
    • four nocks?


    Thanks much, all, for this delightful thread.

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    Great idea, love to see family involvement.
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    This is brilliant - this would allow me to hang with my son under one tarp! This forum is a gathering place for geniuses!

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    Hiking poles as spreader bars

    When I am out with one of my kids we use hiking poles as spreader bars (assuming that we can't find 2 trees on one end for separating the hammocks). Each of us use hiking poles so we have one set for the spreader bars and one set for porch mode on the tarp or as braces for pulling out the side pullouts of the tarp. We use a piece of amsteel with fixed eyes on each end. It's larks headed to the pole and to the suspension. We also put the rubber foot on the tips of the poles to prevent poking a hole in the tarp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Man Scout View Post
    When I am out with one of my kids we use hiking poles as spreader bars (assuming that we can't find 2 trees on one end for separating the hammocks). Each of us use hiking poles so we have one set for the spreader bars and one set for porch mode on the tarp or as braces for pulling out the side pullouts of the tarp. We use a piece of amsteel with fixed eyes on each end. It's larks headed to the pole and to the suspension. We also put the rubber foot on the tips of the poles to prevent poking a hole in the tarp.
    That's exactly how I've been doing it for the last year or so, I used 2.2 lashit and it works great....
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    So tonight we are trying out the spreader bars. Mine are made from 5/8" Baltic birch plywood. I placed them on the tree straps at the "Dutch buckles" (not real ones but they work the same). There are only two trees in the back yard and me and my oldest son need to make sure our insulation will be good enough for next weekend.
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    Last Labor Day weekend on a trip with my son, we both hung from the same two trees, using my trekking poles for spreaders. Worked out fine as an improvised solution.
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    noob with a possible idea

    While I understand that this would require carrying poles specifically for this use, couldn't you take and old hallow granite tent spar, cut it to the desired length and glue an eye hook in each end.

    I am brand new to this, as a scout leader with very bad back I needed to find something and couldn't recruit a Chiropractor's son to scouts. My son (9) is very interested in the hammock and loves to camp with dad.

    I've already made the hammocks, now waiting for mosquito netting and silnylon to arrive via mail.

    Thanks for the help!

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    I like the idea of a spreader bar/hiking pole to separate the two hammock. Do you think that this would work with the Vertex (head end) instead of having to find two trees for the head end or would it mess up the hammock? Ideas?

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