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Old 01-28-2008, 04:17 AM
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Hobbit Hobbit is offline
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Ideas for Ridgeline Storage (Gear Organizer)

I've seen in a few photos posted that show a storage pouch hanging from a ridge line. This is just what I've been wanting.

I have been trying to find something I could hang above me in the hammock to hold stuff. The pockets on the Clark are ok but often smaller items end up wayyyy at the bottom. If any of you have ideas of something I could purchase or even and idea of what to sew please let me know.

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Old 01-28-2008, 05:25 AM
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Perkolady Perkolady is offline
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Hi Hobbit,

The storage pocket I have on both of my Hennessey Hammocks are made out of netting. One side of the top edge is simply folded over the ridgeline, creating a casing. It's loose enough that it can slide along the ridgline so you can place it where you want to. The pocket itself is divided into two verticle sections by simple stitching. One is larger than the other.

The netting makes it UL. I haven't had any durability issues with it. I would think you could make something similar with almost any fabric really.

It's great to have a place to store those smaller items that can easily get swallowed up in the hammock!

Hope this helps!
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:32 AM
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I'm assuming that you know that the Clark has two small storage pockets at the head end of the hammock, but they are not suffcient for whatever you want to store

Also, the Clark has two small loops on both sides of the ouside of the hammock to which you could attach a storage bags.

In addition to those, I rigged an inside ridgeline with sliding storage bags in my son's Clark:

Inside the Clark are two loops at the top of the weather shield/bugnet. I attached a line to them using a tautline hitch so I could tighten and loosen it as needed.

I then took ziplock bags and put a "loop" of duct tape on one side near the top of the bag. the "loop" is not really a loop because the the tape is stuck together - it is just a doubled over peice of tape sticking out past the side of the bag.

I punched a hole in the end of the duct tape and attached it to the line with a cheap $1.50 carabiner from walmart.

This allwos me to slide the bags (I use two of them) up and down the line. The rope is a braided .25 mm I bought at ems and offers enough friction to keep the bags from sliding on their own up and down the rope.

I just fill them up and slide them down to the foot end and they stay in place.
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:51 AM
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Made of a folded square of mesh, closed at both ends, open at the top on it's own, elastic ridge line. This enables it to stretch keeping the main ridge line from becoming too taut risking ripping out the end attachments.
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Old 01-30-2008, 12:01 PM
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Could you not use a small lightweight stuff sack and carabiner?
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Old 01-30-2008, 12:40 PM
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Quote:
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Could you not use a small lightweight stuff sack and carabiner?

Note small, lightweight stuff sack and carabiner on left side holding water bottle..it's kind of hard to see...I like the mesh pocket...it keeps my glasses safe and my knife quickly available...but the most important thing it does is add flexibility to the ridge line...you must decide yourself what you need a ridgeline for and then adjust it to fit your needs...as you can see, I like to hang stuff from it...like my headlamp and emergency necklace...
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:10 PM
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Thanks everyone for your ideas and pictures. I'm going to give a few a try and see what works best for me. I may even sew some elastic bands in the side of the hammock up near the head end where I can just stretch and snap some of my items in place.
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Old 02-04-2008, 10:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Mataharihiker
Made of a folded square of mesh, closed at both ends, open at the top on it's own, elastic ridge line. This enables it to stretch keeping the main ridge line from becoming too taut risking ripping out the end attachments.
Thanks for the great photo illustration, Mata... Did you make the mesh storage pocket?

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Old 02-05-2008, 09:36 AM
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Mataharihiker-great idea, and very roomy!
I would much rather have all the little stuff in the hammock with me, than still somewhere in the pack, and your idea is a good solution. I always appreciate your photos-keep em coming!

Hobbit- I like your idea as well. It would be great to just be able to reach near my head for things like my bandana to blow my nose in the middle of the night.

Let us know how your project goes!

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Old 02-05-2008, 08:45 PM
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I use an HH and keep my glasses, headlight, paperback, apple, knife all in the mesh storage bag provided. Of course I also have my boot laces tied together and draped over the line and slid to the foot inside of the hammock. A biner would be a good idea if I could think of anything else I really needed in there?
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