ridgeline placement concern.
I've been tinkering with my gathered end hammock trying to get the best lay and discovered flipping it upside down made a significant difference in reducing some excessive tightness down the middle of the hammock. The problem is that this changes how my ridgeline attaches and I want to double check that its OK.
Before the gathered end knots kind of pointed up towards the support trees and the ridge line looped around the gather knot and pulled on the hammock.
Now that its flipped over the ridge line (lash it) is looped around the suspension lines right where they go into the knot at each end of the hammock. I know this stuff is pretty slick but is there any concern of rubbing like this?
Can you remove the RL and re-hook it?
Or the suspension.
I guess I'm not totally clear on your situation, i.e. types of cordage being used, suspension attachment method, etc., but maybe this will help. In the past with my DIY gathered-end hammocks, I've simply attached my amsteel whoopies to my hammock via a lark's head behind the whipping. Then, to attach my 1.9 mm dyneema ridgeline, I just slipped each fixed eye of the RL over the amsteel whoopies. Basically, the RL was attached directly to the whoopie sling, and I never experienced any excessive wear. I believe there are others out there who use this method, so maybe they can chime in with their experiences. I've since re-whipped the hammocks with the RLs running through the whipping, more so to make room for a bugnet than to prevent RL/suspension interaction.
Hi Ganon...do you have some close up pictures of how to do the RL? I'm on this task myself of just learning to add a RL. Thanks
Originally Posted by ganon414
Lash it is probably okay for a ridgeline if you don't stretch your hammock tight between trees 20 feet apart, and rubbing shouldn't be a problem if the lines don't move. Dynaglide might be a bit safer, though. It sounds as if what's happening is that you are effectively changing the length of the ridgeline when you flip your hammock. Why not make an adjustable ridgeline with a whoopie sling at one end? It will let you fine tune the feel of the hammock.
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