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    Whoopies saved the day

    I went on a two day camp last weekend and my whoopie slings saved the day. The only trees I could possibly hang from were a good 25-30' apart. My first thought was this is not going to work but after I started loosening the whoopie slings I realized they are long enough to make it with the straps I was using.

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    Hammocking: the art of creating solutions :-)

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    Here is the only pic I could find showing my setup last weekend. That's my Eno DN in the background


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    Whoopies save the day!
    Is it hang time yet?

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    Usually if the trees are that far apart, you simply can't get the straps high enough on the trees to have a 30-degree angle of hang.

    Glad you were able to work it out!
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    I had to stretch in order to get the straps high enough but I'm well over 6 foot with long arms so that helped a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Man View Post
    Usually if the trees are that far apart, you simply can't get the straps high enough on the trees to have a 30-degree angle of hang.

    Glad you were able to work it out!
    If you have a built in Ridgeline that keeps the hammock at a particular length/hang, does tree spacing matter anymore as long as you have straps or whoopies long enough to reach?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Detman101 View Post
    If you have a built in Ridgeline that keeps the hammock at a particular length/hang, does tree spacing matter anymore as long as you have straps or whoopies long enough to reach?
    The more horizontal your suspension, the more tension on your suspension. At 30 degrees the tension is equal to your body weight, but it can very quickly increase to forces capable of causing failure..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksbcrocks View Post
    The more horizontal your suspension, the more tension on your suspension. At 30 degrees the tension is equal to your body weight, but it can very quickly increase to forces capable of causing failure..
    What he said, for sure! The angle of a hang is one of the four major components of calculating failure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Man View Post
    What he said, for sure! The angle of a hang is one of the four major components of calculating failure.
    Exactly! With trees 25-30 feet apart, the tree huggers would have to be 9-10 feet in the air to maintain the recommended 30 degree angle. Derek Hansen's Hammock Hang Calculator is an excellent resource for computing hang heights and forces.

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