How to make Camping Hammock Whoopie Slings – adjustable hammock suspension DIY, MYOG
Getting the maximum comfort from a hammock requires hanging each end at the correct angle. The easiest way to hang a hammock is with adjustable suspension like these easy to make “whoopie slings“. This is a great project for Boy Scouts, or anyone that likes to hang a hammock.
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Where to get one
If you would rather purchase hammock stuff than make it:
DIY projects if you prefer to make your hammock gear
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We recently received a new Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock and have to admit to being unusually frustrated when it came time to hang the hammock. Any new hammock requires a bit of experimentation to find the most comfortable angle to hang that particular hammock. This means retying the ropes used to attach the hammock to the tree… often many times.
Unboxing a new hammock is exciting. Rather than take the time to make a new set of whoopie slings (adjustable camping hammock suspension lines), we just attached some amsteel blue (Amazon link) on each end and manually made adjustments at the attachment point on the tree strap.
Amsteel is pretty slick and the first knock slipped, dropping the hammock and occupant to the ground. Once a suitable franken-knot was fashioned, with a carabiner weaved in to allow the knot to be wiggled, loosened and untied later, it was a real chore to make adjustments. It honestly would have been quicker and easier to just make whoopie slings vs untying and retying over and over.
So, in order to save you from the same mistakes we made, here are instructions from our friends at DIY Gear Supply on how to make whoopie slings. Trust us… use a small diameter “splicing tool”, as instructed. In our experience, whoopie slings are EASY to make if you have a good splicing tool, and nearly impossible if you try to use the wrong splicing tool.
Let us know what works for you. 🙂