Making an Adjustable Hammock Ridgeline with a LoopAlien

Making ridgelines for hammocks is pretty easy: all you need to do is tie a line from end to end on the hammock. However, making the ridgeline adjustable allows you to modify the sag of your hammock incrementally to suit your taste. I have used long Whoopie Sling-style ridgelines, which work fine. This method shows how to use a LoopAlien to make the adjustment. The benefit is that you can easily add this to or take it off a hammock, adjust it, and not worry about splicing. The LoopAlien doesn’t have any sharp edges either, so there is no worry about ripping a hole through an added bug net or on your hammock.


  5 comments for “Making an Adjustable Hammock Ridgeline with a LoopAlien

  1. September 11, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Derek, I like the adjustability and the ease of removal (as opposed to the semi-permanent adjustable whoopie sling ridgeline I use currently). My only question is: can this work with a “structural” ridgeline? I use a structural ridgeline for dialed in “sag”… can the loop alien handle this increased tension, or is it only intended as a bugnet/accessory ridgeline? Thanks!

    • Dave B
      September 20, 2013 at 10:30 am

      I added a ridgeline to my DoubleNest easily. I used some 5/32 Amsteel and just fixed each end to the ENO carabiners. Once set for my preference it stays in place and just stuffs in the bag along with the hammock.

  2. September 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Nice. Backsplice that free end to keep it from unraveling. ;-)

  3. Dave
    September 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    You’re a true gear-head, just like me. You mentioned the Alien has no sharp edges, not because it’s about personal safety, it’s about not damaging your gear. lolololol

    • Derek
      September 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      You are absolutely right about protecting gear. That’s what I thought I mentioned in the post, but I may be wrong.

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