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 01-10-2012, 16:36 #1 Texas-grrl     Join Date: Dec 2011 Location: Texas Posts: 224 Theoretical maximum tree distance? Keeping in mind that one has a finite length of hammock suspension material, is there any other consideration for the maximum distance apart of the trees? For example, does having the trees be a long distance apart cause the hammock to become more unstable and apt to flip? Or does it change to angle at which one can lie in the hammock?
 01-10-2012, 16:50 #2 Southernfan6885 Senior Member     Join Date: May 2011 Location: Meridian, MS Hammock: ENO DN Tarp: MacCat Deluxe Insulation: Jarbridge River UQ Suspension: Whoopies/Straps Posts: 219 To keep the proper angle, the farther the trees are apart, the higher the suspension must be hung. So what is more likely to get you than how far the suspension will reach, is how high up the tree you can reach to hang it. Hope that makes sense.
01-10-2012, 16:54   #3
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 Originally Posted by Southernfan6885 To keep the proper angle, the farther the trees are apart, the higher the suspension must be hung. So what is more likely to get you than how far the suspension will reach, is how high up the tree you can reach to hang it. Hope that makes sense.
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 01-10-2012, 16:54 #4 SmokeBait     Join Date: Sep 2009 Location: Defiance, Missouri Hammock: Warbonett BB 1.1 DL Tarp: BWDD Winter Dream2 Insulation: Winter Crowsnest Suspension: whoopieslings.com Posts: 1,512 The deciding factor is on the height in which you will be able to hang the suspension. A 30 degree to horizontal suspension angle is considered to be normal. So the longer the span the higher it will need to be hung. Mathematically it would be the Sine of the angle times the length of one end of the suspension and that would yield how high above the hammock end the suspension would need to be hung from. __________________ SmokeBait www.whoopieslings.com
 01-10-2012, 16:58 #5 UncleMJM     Join Date: Oct 2006 Location: College Station, TX Hammock: HHExplUL; WBBB; SmokeHouse; ROO... Tarp: HM Suite or HG Insulation: WB Yeti, 5n1 Jerry Suspension: Whoopie Sling View my gallery 6 Posts: 2,453 Images: 6 If you, like your avatar, use trekking poles, one way to check for optimal distance that some folks use is to stand between the two trees you are considering with a pole in each hand. Extend you arms as far as you can so that the poles are parallel to the ground and pointing towards each tree. If you are just nearly hitting the trees, you're probably about right. YMMV
 01-10-2012, 17:01 #6 dejoha Senior Member     Join Date: Jun 2009 Location: Flagstaff, AZ Hammock: Most Tarp: GoLite Poncho Tarp Insulation: Phoenix, Burrow Suspension: Whoopie Hook View my gallery 201 Posts: 2,250 Images: 201 Check out this hang calculator for details: http://theultimatehang.com/hammock-hang-calculator.html Plug in your numbers (distance between trees, for example) and see how high you'll have to hang your straps to get the right angle, etc. One thing to note is that this is just mathematical. In real world terms, you'll also have stretch. Even with amsteel Whoopies and low-stretch polyester straps, the further apart you hang, the more sag you'll encounter, so the higher you'll need to go above what the calculator spits out. I've had some forum members comment to me that they feel 12 feet is the perfect distance, accounting for tarp and hammock size. 15 is almost too wide and is probably less ideal. __________________ Author and illustrator: The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping
 01-10-2012, 17:02 #7 dejoha Senior Member     Join Date: Jun 2009 Location: Flagstaff, AZ Hammock: Most Tarp: GoLite Poncho Tarp Insulation: Phoenix, Burrow Suspension: Whoopie Hook View my gallery 201 Posts: 2,250 Images: 201 Here's another graphic I put together that talks about this method: http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=20780 __________________ Author and illustrator: The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping
 01-10-2012, 18:12 #8 Caribou Bentspoke Senior Member   Join Date: Dec 2010 Location: Western Oregon Hammock: HH Explorer, Exped, WBBB Tarp: WB Edge,MacCat Mic Insulation: Phoenix, Incubator Suspension: Stock Posts: 921 Seems more line would be more stretch, so it would also need to be higher off the ground.
 01-10-2012, 19:26 #9 Macchina Member     Join Date: Jun 2011 Location: Where the double rainbows meet Hammock: Warbonnet Blackbird 1.0 DL Tarp: W.L. Big Daddy Insulation: HG 30 Incubator Suspension: Stock Blackbird Posts: 76 The answer is on this page.
 01-10-2012, 19:52 #10 zukiguy Senior Member     Join Date: Oct 2009 Location: Rockledge, FL Hammock: HH Explorer UL 2Q zip Tarp: MacCat Deluxe Sil Insulation: Te-wa standard Suspension: JRB Whoopies View my gallery 6 Posts: 1,220 Images: 6 UncleMJM....that's the method I use. I've found I'm pretty lousy at estimating or pacing off the distance. A little too long is OK but I set up my hammock first then went to rig my tarp at last years FL hang. Each end of my tarp ridgeline was touching the tree, oops.

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