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Using roof rails to set up hammock

The load limit for directly mounted roof bars is around 60kg - 70kg for ordinary (European) cars. Usually the load limit for rail mounted bars is lower, but that's for vertical and dynamic load. This ...
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How do I attach a hammock to trees?

I hang my hammocks using the same slings I use for anchors while climbing, a girth hitch around the the tree is more than sufficient, but wrapping the sling around the tree twice, then tying it with a ...
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What are the basic considerations for hammock camping?

I've been hammock camping for about four years, and there are a few issues you should be aware of. First, as already noted in the comments under your original question, insulation is critically ...
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Sleeping in twos in one hammock

I did it for three nights. First night was more like intermittent napping, but my girlfriend slept great. The second night I woke up twice. The third night I was more concerned with the flapping sound ...
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How to stow backpack and boots whilst in a hammock?

It depends largely on the hammock size and personal preference. My friend's hammock has mesh gear pockets on the underside for storage, but he doesn't mind sleeping with the boots on or inside the ...
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Tent or hammock safer from lightning?

Camp Selection The location of your camp will likely be a much bigger factor than what style of bedding you use. Find a low point away from any large trees and away from anywhere that may accumulate ...
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How to stow backpack and boots whilst in a hammock?

Having been in the same situation and tried various scenarios, I've found the best way for hanging my boots is to keep a carabiner with me. I hook it on the loops on the back of my boots and hang that ...
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Using roof rails to set up hammock

I would attach rope to both rails and perhaps even the door pillar on the opposite side. This would help spread the load if you’re worried about weakening the rail. Update: In fact why not just tie ...
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What ropes could I use to suspend a hammock?

The strength is dependent mainly on the angle between the two ropes form, on which the hammock is hung, and the weight you want the hammock to support. For a traditional hammock the angles of the ...
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What is a hammock ridgeline and how do I use it?

A ridgeline is generally used to suspend a tarp above a hammock. It attaches to the trees at or near the level that the hammock attaches to them, but it is pulled tight so that it is well above the ...
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What are the basic considerations for hammock camping?

There are really only two main considerations for hammock camping: the first is hanging the hammock (trees); the second is whether or not it will be warm enough to sleep in a hammock (temperature). ...
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Sleeping in twos in one hammock

I own a Grand Trunk Double hammock (10.5' long x 6.5' wide), I'm 5'10" 160 lbs, my wife is 5'4" and not overweight (I'm not writing the # ;) ). Slept 2 nights so far with her in the hammock. We each ...
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Sleeping in twos in one hammock

My husband and I backpacked around Europe for 3 months, sleeping in a hammock almost the entire time. At first we slept side by side with our heads on the same end. It was horrible. So we switched to ...
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Tent or hammock safer from lightning?

I would say the tent if the hammock is tied to a tall tree. If you can tie the hammock to some shorter trees surrounded by taller then the hammock might be better. But any lying position is not ...
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What features should I consider when evaluating a hammock-tent hybrid?

Hammock Can you lie flat in it? How large/heavy is it? Footbox? Color (stealth camping?) Suspension How easy is it to adjust? Can you adjust your hammock to different sags? Do you always want ...
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Sleeping in twos in one hammock

Tried this for two separate trips with my boyfriend. We each have a double nest of our own. They are great because with so much extra fabric you can wrap it around yourself or even sit with your ...
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What are the downsides to sleeping in a hammock on a multi-day hike?

My experience with hammocks: serveral multi-day bike trips. Downsides: You need trees. Depending on the area this can be a problem. I have found myself looking desperately for trees in Hungary. On ...
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How to join two pieces of rope in an adjustable tight loop?

I'm not sure how your setup is, but I'd try a Purcell prussik or something similar. Animated example You must test its holding Power on paracord yourself, but on climbing cord it's solid enough.
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Using roof rails to set up hammock

I have done this on my 3 series wagon. I had the strap tied around the middle vertical support of one of the side rails. I also have cross bars installed, so I don't know if that helps in anyway to ...
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What is a hammock ridgeline and how do I use it?

A ridgeline defines the amount of sag a gathered-end hammock has. If there is no ridgeline, the fabric carries all the tension from the anchor points and is more taut. With a ridgeline, the fabric is ...
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How to stow backpack and boots whilst in a hammock?

How about if you hang the hammock so that there is 3' of space below it, then run a "clothesline" below it? then hang the boots and pack of the line. As long as they are below the hammock they ...
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What is the most effective way to keep warm in a Hammock in below freezing weather?

There a few possible remedies to your cold sleeping woes. You already have most of the appropriate equipment so these are some of my suggestions: For general coolness, first I'd recommend some type ...
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What is the most effective way to keep warm in a Hammock in below freezing weather?

You may want to try an under quilt. There are multiple cottage industries that produce under quilts. The great thing is the loft doesn't get compressed because it hangs under the hammock. EDIT: Try ...
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What is the most effective way to keep warm in a Hammock in below freezing weather?

You might try stretching out your hammock tighter between trees and sleeping slightly diagonally to keep the hammock from compressing the sides of your sleeping bag as much. If you're able to sleep ...
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How to stow backpack and boots whilst in a hammock?

I know it's fashionable to store as much stuff as you can in your hammock and hang it underneath, but there are plenty of good reasons not to, most of which depend on your environment and sleeping ...
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How to tie nylon straps to trees of unknown diameter

The straps I have multiple places to hook the carabiner on one end, You take the other end loop around the tree and then use the end with all of the places to hook to connect to the hammock.
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How to join two pieces of rope in an adjustable tight loop?

There are multiple ways to do what you're looking for. One way I solve this problem is with a metal ring. You attach a fixed knot on the ring, pass one end of the rope through one loop of the hammock, ...
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What ropes could I use to suspend a hammock?

I've recently got into hammock camping and roping it to a tree is a bit more complicated than it first sounds so please bear with me You need something to wrap around the tree to protect it from ...
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Homemade top quilt with variable stuffing

Before I answer your question about variable stuffing, I think you could do better for your basic sources on MYOG quilt design and construction. Some good info on quilt design The benefits of Karo ...
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