As a ridge line steel can be hard on the head... just saying plan your heights accordingly.
12 ft apart will let you hang your hammock but you will not need much for suspension. translate to you can hang lower at the pole for the same hammock height but you probably cannot test your whoopee slings.
Free advice worth what you paid for it. ;-)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: St. Paul MN
Tarp: Kelty Noah 12'
In my expirience, steel polls bend and are not very sturdy when used for hammocks. I buried a 4x4 about 4 feet in the ground so there was 8 feet sticking out, and cemented it in. It has held up great so far. As for making a hammock, there is such a wealth of information here Im not even going to try explaining the different types and how you would go about building one. They are easy enough to make, however there are also plenty of cheap options if you wish to buy one.
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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Somewhere near Parkville, MO
Hammock: DIY Knotty/Speer special, RED
Tarp: Warbonnet Superfly
Insulation: 50 extree pounds
Suspension: Whoopy slings
If you're into landscaping any at all, a couple of Arbors 12 feet apart with climbing roses, clematis, or other nice climbers with a pole in between the outer most posts to make the load vertical and then hang your hammock from those.
Or, just build a turtle dog stand and make it portable. Doesn't take any time to setup and your hanging in no time.
However, do the Arbor right and you could have shade built in, that would be handy.
From Somewhere near Parkville, Mo
Everything you need to know about Hammocks in vids and reading:
Hammock in 3 minutes D. Hansen - It really is this easy to make a hammock
Shug's Hammock Newbies videos - Takes you buy the hand and shows you in video
The Ultimate Hang D. Hansen - now read about everything
JustJeff's Hammock tutorial - more reference
TableclothFactoryBlanks - shorter lengths available on sidebar
The TurtleDog Stand thread - Hang anywhere.
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Hammock: Wilderness Logics Lite Owl
Tarp: WL - 144" TadPole
Insulation: WL -3/4UQ & TQ
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