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    Double Ridge line vs. Single Ridge line

    Might be a noob question but why would I need 2 ridge lines. Could some one also give the pro's and con's of each.
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    A hammock only requires one ridgeline. it's generally referred to as a structural ridgeline because it provides a consistent sag if the angle of the suspension changes. It's good to have in situations where your trees are very far apart and you cannot raise the attachment points on the trees to attain a 30 degree suspension angle. Some use the structural ridgelines only as a guide for hammock set up so it is not pulled very taut in those instances. It also can serve the purpopse of supporting a bugnet. It's not necessary on hammocks without bugnets or on bugnets that are supported by tie outs.

    The other ridgeline is the tarp ridgeline. Continuous ridgelines run from tree to tree and the tarp either hangs above or below it. A tarp can be set up without a continuous ridgeline by just tying the ends of the tarp to the trees. In this case, the top of the tarp can be referred to as the ridgeline.
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    Both are optional.

    The big advantage for a hammock ridge line, besides consistent hang is that it helps to keep the bugnet off your face.

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    So this deal right here gives me a structural ridge line and a tarp ridge line. http://shop.whoopieslings.com/2-Line...-Line-TRL2.htm
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    look at the lengths. This is for a no ridge line tarp setup. One line goes on each end of the tarp ridge seam. A lot of folks like it because they save the weight of the line length over/under the tarp.

    A lot of us would rather use a continuous line as it is easier to adjust the tarp position plus adds support and a place to hang things under the tarp.

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    I think I am going to try to make my own continuous ridge line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjahamockman View Post
    So this deal right here gives me a structural ridge line and a tarp ridge line. http://shop.whoopieslings.com/2-Line...-Line-TRL2.htm
    No, that is just for a tarp, not a hammock. There are 2 lines with each connecting to one end of the tarp then they each will connect to the trees on the other end. Some prefer the 2-line approach ober a single, or continuous, ridge line to save a few grams of weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjahamockman View Post
    I think I am going to try to make my own continuous ridge line.
    A continuous ridgeline for your tarp is fairly easy to make. All you need is some Zing-It (I use 1.75 mm). To avoid knot tying (tough in cold weather), Nite Ize Figure 9s and Knotbones work great and are affordable.

    Much cooler is a titanium Dutch Hook spliced on one end of the Zing-It, and a titanium Dutch Tarp Flyz on the other end for adjustment.

    As mentioned before, you'll then just need a couple of soft shackle prusiks to center the tarp on the continuous ridgeline (and between your trees).

    I make my soft shackle prusiks out of Zing-It 1.75 mm using Opie's pictoral (just search on "soft shackle prusik pictoral").

    For your hammock, an adjustable ridgeline is essentially a whoopie sling. Mine are made of, you guessed it, Zing-It 1.75 mm. I use a Dutch titanium Ridgeline Biner to connect the adjustable loop.

    I'm not gonna tell you that splicing whoopie slings and soft shackle prusiks is easy, but it sure is fun!

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    I will have to look it all up. I think I want to stick to dutch ware for my continuous ridge line. I price one to about 36 bucks that is alright.
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    by the way how long should the zing it be.
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