I’ve been thinking a while, and it occurs to me that a unified hammock suspension system shouldn’t be that hard to make. So I am introducing the G.U.H.D.S.(Grand Unified Hammock Dangling System). And if I’m going to make it, I’m going to make it as light as possible. I am a winner.
Notice that there is only one set of tree straps on the tree. YAY! 3 ounces for the pair. EVEN MORE YAY!!
OK. So here is how I made them.
-One ten foot length of Kevlar straps from Dutch.
-One set of tarp flys, also from Dutch.
– One set of Amsteel continuous loops, or descending rings.
-One set of Dutch hooks, from Dutch.
– One set of Whoopie Hooks, also from Dutch.
– Dutch himself.
-All of it is here: dutchwaregear.com
Then sew the descending rings on. This was complicated, and the easiest thing to do is to sew the loop and then use a larks head to attach the descending ring.
From there attach your tarp tie out on the side of the ring that will be pointing up, and you’re whoopie sling with whoopie hook on it under the tarp tire out. If you look closely you’ll see that I have the tarp tire out bundled to the ring with a sandwich twist tie. That really helps keep stuff all together, and I do it to the tarp corner tie outs too. Free tip! No charge to you, just because I like you guys so much.
Look at my fat fingers! And how this attached to a small tree. It really messed me up at first, I thought oh Sh!t. This is to big and I wasted all that money and my wife is going to kill me. But then, I realized I could just wrap it around twice and I felt pretty dumb. Anyway this is the strap in action.
My other tree is way bigger. There I just loop the Amsteel through the Dutch hook. It’s not as clean as just using a smaller tree but in the back yard it’s all I have. If you find something that’s just the right size then don’t worry mon.
Close up of the tarp in action. You could also use carabineers and Prussik knots too. With the Prussik on the strap side and the carabineer on the Prussik. Clip the carabineer into the tarp, and pull to tighten. But I like Dutch stuff, it’s light and intuitive. So you just wrap up the tarp if you’re using tarp flys. I’m assuming that if you have them you know how to use them, or that you can get to Dutch’s site and watch his how to videos. If not, hit me up and I’ll help you out.
The whole thing. So what I have is a continuous loop on the hammock. The Whoopie Hook attaches to the loop via it’s inherent hook properties. Then you use the Whoopie sling to adjust the hammock to its 30 degree hang.
So there you have it! It’s all there and it’s all pretty light.