Ring Buckle Supports
I used this setup at Mt Rogers and it worked really well. Setup took about 30 seconds...just wrap the webbing around the tree and clip the biner, then tighten the buckle. I didn't feel it slip a bit on either night.
Ring Buckle Supports at Mt Rogers
Here's the breakdown:
- 2 Descending Rings per side (10 kN min strength)
- I used the 16.6 kN Seattle Manufacturing Descending Ring with a 1.5" internal diameter (measured weight 3/8 oz (13 g) per pair)
- Caribiner (10 kN min. strength)
- I used the 22 kN C.A.M.P. USA Nano Wire gated carabiner (measured 1 oz (28 g) each)
- Strong Cord (1000lbs test min), ~12"
- I used BPL Air Core Plus rated to 1109 lbs (.04 oz listed weight...didn't register on my 2 g scale)
- 1" webbing, low-memory stretch, 600+ lbs working load
- I used Ed Speer's polypropylene webbing, rated to 700 lbs, at ~1.5 oz 6.5' side
Total weight per side – 1-7/8 – 54 g (plus webbing, since the length can vary)
|The gear needed for one support.
|One of the bights at the end of the cord should be 2-3" long. Put this bight through the middle of the two rings.|
|Run the working end of the cord through the loop to form a larkshead to hold the rings.|
|With the bight at the other end of the cord, I make a larkshead around the hammock. This generally holds the hammock tight enough that it doesn't slip, and doesn't put any pressure on the whipping (or the zip-tie in this case).|
|I add the ridgeline (the cord to the right) onto the support cord. It's just a bight that wraps around the support.|
|1" polypropylene webbing with a loop sewn in the end. I used a double box stitch to hold the loop.|
|Put the biner through the loop.|
|The other end of the webbing is just plain...I seared the ends to prevent fraying but there are no loops or anything.
Just like an old-school double-ring belt buckle. Put the webbing through the center of both rings...
|...then put the end of the webbing between the rings. When you pull it tight, the friction will hold it in place.|
|The completed setup. The hammock and all support pieces are connected so there are no extra parts to keep track of.|
|To hang the hammock, just wrap the webbing around the tree, clip the biner to the webbing, and adjust the buckle to the desired tension.
As I get more field use, I'm going to pay extra attention to whether the biner puts pressure on the tree. If it's right against the tree, it may damage a thin-barked tree. Maybe an extra wrap or two around the biner when I clip it in would keep the biner away from the tree, though.
And if the webbing gets wet overnight, I can just slip it out of the buckle and store it separately from the hammock.
|Discuss this project on the Ring Buckle Supports thread at HammockForums.net.|