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    Question Determing angle of hang?

    I thought I read something on here about using you thumb & fore finger to look through to get close to 30*. I can't seem to find it now though.

    How do you determine your angle? How would you suggest a noob figure it out?

    Thanks for you time and ideas!

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    Hold your hand up like you are shooting a pistol. The angle formed between your index finger and an imaginary line between the tip of the index finger and the tip of the thumb is ~30 degrees. Unless you're Uma Thurman.
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    Well, now that's a handy item to know!
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    If you have a phone with a large screen that can open pdf's, you can carry this protractor. The finger method is the easiest way but it's nice to have a backup.

    Similarly, I use the hands of my watch as a compass but I also carry a compass as a backup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    If you have a phone with a large screen that can open pdf's, you can carry this protractor. The finger method is the easiest way but it's nice to have a backup.
    A backup? If I've chopped off my thumb and index finger on both hands I don't think I'd be too concerned about how accurate the angle of my hang was.
    Plus it would be pretty difficult to hang onto the phone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Hold your hand up like you are shooting a pistol. The angle formed between your index finger and an imaginary line between the tip of the index finger and the tip of the thumb is ~30 degrees. Unless you're Uma Thurman.
    Measured where? Inside edge of thumb would be edge of tree closest to hammock and edge of index finger would line up where? Bottom of hammock?

    Thanks again!

    Kirk

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    If you have a phone with a large screen that can open pdf's, you can carry this protractor. The finger method is the easiest way but it's nice to have a backup.

    Similarly, I use the hands of my watch as a compass but I also carry a compass as a backup.
    I tried pulling this up on my IPod and it's really light, like the contrast is way off. Is it the file or the way I'm opening it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dand76 View Post
    A backup? If I've chopped off my thumb and index finger on both hands I don't think I'd be too concerned about how accurate the angle of my hang was.
    Plus it would be pretty difficult to hang onto the phone!
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    I have an app for my phone that is a bubble level. I can hold it to my suspension and get a perfect 30*. I like the finger pistol trick, I will have to test it's accuracy next time I hang.
    Because you fall through the clouds if you try to lay on them, so the next best thing is a hammock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormstaff View Post
    Measured where? Inside edge of thumb would be edge of tree closest to hammock and edge of index finger would line up where? Bottom of hammock?

    Thanks again!

    Kirk
    Your thumb is the tree, your index finger is level with the horizon (or as close as you can get), and the line between the tip of the index finger and the tip of the thumb is your suspension.

    Don't obsess on this...30 degrees is a guideline...it does not have the force of law.
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