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    Gathered end hammock with spreader bar - would like info

    Does anyone use a trekking pole as a spreader bar at the head end in a gathered end hammock? Any info will be appreciated - especially how you attach it.

    I have sleep apnea and am supposed to sleep on my side. Side sleeping in my gathered end hammock pulls at my CPAP mask causing big leaks which drains the battery quickly.

    I've seen gathered ends with a spreader bar on the head end in a video. But I have searched and not found much info here.

    I think its worth a try for me. I have a good bit invested in my hammock set up and I'm not ready to ditch it for a bridge hammock.

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    Slowhike has a gathered end hammock with a spreader bar (treking pole) at head end of hammock
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    Litetrek and I have started communicating by PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    Litetrek and I have started communicating by PM.
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    Please share. I'm sure others are interested in knowing more about this. Note the number of views!

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    You can see Slowhike's pole rig for his hammock at 3:22 into this video. https://youtu.be/AG6u7Kl39QA
    Cool rig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TominMN View Post
    Please share. I'm sure others are interested in knowing more about this. Note the number of views!
    Yeah, a lot of views on those pictures. Nice to know that many people have been interested enough to look!
    I am going to do a thread on the spreader bar above the head, narrow hammock.
    I'll link it here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    You can see Slowhike's pole rig for his hammock at 3:22 into this video. https://youtu.be/AG6u7Kl39QA
    Cool rig.
    Shug
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    Yeah, a lot of views on those pictures. Nice to know that many people have been interested enough to look!
    I am going to do a thread on the spreader bar above the head, narrow hammock.
    I'll link it here.


    That was a fun day and a half for me, and I really liked watching the Continued Adventures of the Hickery Brothers.
    I'm looking forward to seeing the details on your spreader bar hammock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by litetrek View Post
    I'm looking forward to seeing the details on your spreader bar hammock.
    Did you happen to look at it in Shug's video? Based on what he said, and it certainly seems that way, using a spreader bar in that fashion pretty much dictates laying straight in the hammock (and not on the diagonal.) I know I couldn't sleep well overnight like that but it seems to work for slowhike. And I'm also pretty sure that side-sleeping is a no-go. Can't say for certain but it sure looks that way.

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    This sort of reminds me of developments in the cross-country telemark ski. It started out like a regular XC ski. Then they added more sidecut. And they made it wider. Then they added more lockdown on the boots. Once all these refinements were added, they had reinvented the downhill ski.

    Let's see, a spreader bar on a GE at the head ... You know, it would open it up even more if we added a spreader bar at the foot end too. I wonder what that would look like
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    Quote Originally Posted by cougarmeat View Post
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    Let's see, a spreader bar on a GE at the head ... You know, it would open it up even more if we added a spreader bar at the foot end too. I wonder what that would look like
    It would be a Lawson and be all but unusable.

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