2sticks and I have tried this a few times when she first started hanging. Interested to see what your final version will be.
From a dad with daughters 21 yr old and a 10 yr old enjoy this time while you can. This seems to be the age they really enjoy getting out with dad.
Great Idea! I'll have to mull it over. I was thinking of how to put myself & my 13 YOA daughter under a single silnylon tarp...
Any field test and updates on this thread? Any tweeks made that we need to know about? Thanks
The spreader bars are working great. I haven't needed to tweak the design any, but I did learn something on setup at the John Rock Hang recently.
It is important to make sure that the tarp is hung high enough above the hammocks so the the tarp can't touch the hammock ridgelines. In a hard downpour, if the tarp ridgeline stretches enough so the tarp touches the hammock ridgelines, then water can pond on the tarp between the two hammock ridgelines. Sorry, no pics. But it did happen.
This lesson was sponsored by the delivery service who paints their trucks brown, when they assisted my package of amsteel (for the tarp ridgeline) on an extended scenic tour of the country. Note: Mason line stretches, and is not an ideal tarp ridgeline substitute.
24-28" between holes on the spreader bars seems to be optimal.
I have used carabiners and paracord to pull the hammocks apart at the suspension. This is where I learned that paracord stretches a good 15%.
Hard to describe, so here is a pictoral.
Chances are carabiners and cordage are lighter than blocks of wood, but of course you have to have a dense population of trees. Easily done where I live.
Tarp has to be hung as high as possible, and the suspension has to be pretty static. I'm still tweaking my setup, but it's getting there.
I also tried using trekking poles, but was afraid of them popping out of the clove hitches and spearing someone in the eye.
So many trees, so little time...
We follow where the Swamp Fox guides,
His friends and merry men are we;
And when the troop of Tarleton rides,
We burrow in the cypress tree.
The turfy hammock is our bed,
Our home is in the red deer's den,
Our roof, the tree-top overhead,
For we are wild and hunted men.
Haha, because that would be too simple!
Usually I do have other trees, or some of them fancy "V" shaped trees. Anyway, primary purpose is to share a single tarp. I tried a two person hammock, but I really couldn't get comfortable. It's rare I have used this setup, but it did kinda work.
Something that jumps out at me right away is the biners that the hammocks are attached to. You do put loops in the chord that pulls the hammocks apart don't you? If you just use the biners clipped on to the spreader chord and the chord pulled tight I can see the hammocks shifting all night long. A loop in the chord would lock the hammocks to it without a chance of it moving.
Neat idea though.