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April 9, 2015

Replacing Whoopie Slings on a Dream Hammock

In this video, I show one method for attaching the ridge line to the end of the suspension. Randy, owner of Dream Hammock, uses an alternative method that helps prevent a tight ridge line from pulling the suspension Lark’s Head looser and possibly lengthening the ridge line slightly if the hammock is hung too flat. In the images he provided, he illustrates how to slide the ridge line over the suspension (a continuous loop or Whoopie Sling) after the loop/sling has been attached to the the hammock. This attachment tightens the Lark’s Head the tighter the ridge line gets.

I should also note that the end channel on a Dream Hammock is sewn together, which prevents using the pipe hack I talk about in the video. Using the pull-through method is preferred on the Dream Hammock.

Photo by Randy Smith. Used by permission.
Photo by Randy Smith. Used by permission.
Photo by Randy Smith. Used by permission.
Photo by Randy Smith. Used by permission.

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9 comments

  • Izraelius

    Perfect! Just what I needed to make sure I don’t mess mine up. 😉

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  • Susan

    What kind of knot is tied in the black rope continuous loop?

    Reply to Susan
    • Post authorDerek

      That’s just an overhand knot—nothing special 🙂 The Double Fishermans Knot is preferred, but the simple overhand works.

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  • Jared

    What’s the shot cord for?

    Reply to Jared
    • Post authorDerek

      On this hammock there are shock cord loops installed on both ends of the hammock. These are used as gear clips. There are a few brands that do this, but not all use shock cord. It’s a handy location to clip a stuff sack to create a “peak bag” storage; clip a pair of shoes; attach a pillow, etc.

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  • Marcus

    have you compared the different suspensions some where? Is the continuous loop better than the whoopie sling?

    Reply to Marcus
    • Post authorDerek

      I have a post scheduled next week that compares some lightweight suspension options. Stay tuned. As for comparing a whoopie sling to a continuous loop, no. They really aren’t mutually exclusive. You could use both. There are just too many combinations to make it a useful comparison. I do have a post about ways to use a continuous loop that might interest you.

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  • Don Hobbs

    Derek, do you prefer to attach the continuous loops so that there are more options for potential length of hangs? I.e. short distances between suspension tie-off points (trees, posts etc.)? Would you then reattach the whoopie sling to the continuous loops if the distances between tie-off points was longer? I’m asking because I’m not exactly sure how to tighten or loosen the suspension lines unless you have cinch buckles or whoopie slings. I guess I could measure correctly and use a marlon-spike-hitch on the webbing but I don’t have a ton of experience and I’m sure I’d get the distances close but not perfect. I can see myself having to untie the hitch over and over until I got it to the correct angle and distance.

    Thanks for all the information you’ve provided it’s really been incredibly useful. The book gave me more information than I even knew to look up. I just wanted to say thanks.

    Reply to Don Hobbs
    • Post authorDerek

      Placing continuous loops at the end of a hammock have lots of advantages:

      • You can use multiple connection options
      • You can connect closer for a short hang (anchor points closer together)
      • Your connection point can be covered by your tarp, creating a natural drip-line point

      I’ve done what you describe, connecting a whoopie sling to the continuous loop. I illustrate this in my book where you can slide the whoopie sling out of the way if the hang is too close to use the slings.

      One of my favorite ways to hang a hammock is to use a long strap, as you might with a cinch buckle set up, but lose the hardware and just tie a slippery Becket Hitch on the continuous loop instead. This is the traditional way folks hang hammocks in South America and it works great (with the right combination of line–Amsteel is difficult to use with the knot unless used as the continuous loop). Not only is it lighter than any hardware setup, it provides a way to tie closer to the anchor point and is easier to untie when loaded than with other knot or lashing options. The Marlinspike Hitch, for example, is a little more difficult to tie close to an anchor point in comparison.

      Send me an email if you have further questions and I can help you navigate some of this stuff!

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