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Peteo

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I am looking for some advice on my cordage if that's okay.

I am currently using paracord as a ridge line and have heard it is not the best, so are there any other recommendations and what length should i buy?

Also i have a DD frontline hammock and was wondering of another way to hang it? I like it to be simple so how it come was great but the cord sometimes slips and its looking a little tatty now so any tips?

Cheers :You_Rock_
 

Peteo

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Any help will be much appreciated, do not have the biggest budget but it needs to be done so i can get out soon!

Cheers
 

Ogri the trog

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The longest and strongest you can afford is normally the best advice. Obviously not hundred's of meters and hawser will be overkill - I have a piece of 7mm climbing rope about 8 meters long - it copes with most situations and tree sizes with enough spare to make it adaptable but not so much to be a burden.

What is so wrong with paracord? It might not be the best but if it works - then it should be enough!

ATB

Ogri the trog
 

redandshane

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I agree with Ogri
Paracord is fine I actually mostly use Bungees and no ridge line on my tarp

If you wanna upgrade and go light and strong try this http://ukhammocks.co.uk/shop/article_15/Samson-Lash-it!.html?shop_param=cid=7&aid=15&

And you can also purchase 25mm webbing to hang your hammock from them
While your at it you may as well get the soft shackles as well
that will be quite an upgrade
I haven't bought anything off these guys(yet) but I met them at the wilderness gathering and they were nice fellas
 

Barn Owl

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Never used anything else but paracord as a ridgeline,you are using prussiks to tension?

When using the straps that come with DD hammocks i tied them with a shoelace knot,simple and never slipped.
 

Wolfmanuk

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Mar 6, 2012
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I put Whoopie slings on my DD travel Hammock last week and it hung great!! Would definately recommend them!! So fast to put up and adjust to suit now!
 

spandit

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Paracord can be a bit stretchy for a ridgeline but it's strong enough.

For hanging my hammock, I use climbing slings (webbing) around the trees & clip Dyneema D12 whoopie slings to them with climbing rated carabiners. You do need a fairly large tree spacing to use whoopies - many people use a longer length of webbing with a marlin spike or descender rings
 
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I am currently using paracord as a ridge line and have heard it is not the best

It's a horrible idea for hammock suspension, but for ridgelines it's just fine.

For suspension, my vote's on the whoopie slings too. Minimal fuss, minimal weight.
 

bigroomboy

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Depends if you want to pay, amsteel whoopie slings for suspension, tree huggers connected by marlin spike and as linked above sampson lash-it! for ridgeline. If you havent got the money then leave it as it is because nothing else is much of an upgrade and what you have works.

Look up line tesioners

http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=3731

there you go

you can get whoopie slings from DD or make your own easily, you can get amsteel from these places or ebay.

hope that helps
 

spandit

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It's strong stuff but you pay for that privilege.

Whoopie slings are easiest to understand after making one - do a search for a tutorial
 

tinderbox

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Dyneema is very strong, but is weakened by as much as 66% when you tie a knot in it. It's also very slippy which means you need to adapt your knots accordingly. Climbers cord would be cheaper, strong enough, and easier to knot.
 

Peteo

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Dyneema is very strong, but is weakened by as much as 66% when you tie a knot in it. It's also very slippy which means you need to adapt your knots accordingly. Climbers cord would be cheaper, strong enough, and easier to knot.

Do you have a link please? Getting loads of different things on Google.

Im just after 8m's under £10, something that will not absorb water/stretch or weaken quickly
 

Big Stu 12

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I use paracord for my tarp, cant see were ther is a poblem for that, going to get some dynneema in the next week or so for some whoope,s
 

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