Let me first start out with the statement:
“There is more than one way to skin a cat”
Now let me also say that this post depicts the way that I decided to do my conversion. Use this post as a research tool or a step-by-step guide. Whatever way you decide I hope that this helps. Let’s get started.
Below is a list of materials that I used to complete this project. Now you can do this two ways, DIY whoopie slings or off the shelf whoopies. I personally wanted a different length than what was commonly offered (6 ft. Slings), so I made my own 8 ft. whoopies. Second, you can also save a small bit of money by making your own continuous loops with the left over amsteel from your slings. Here is my list.
1- Amsteel Blue Whoopie Sling w. whoopie hook- 7/64” dia. – Orange
1- Amsteel Blue Whoopie Sling w. whoopie hook – 7/64” dia. – Black
1 – 15” Amsteel Blue – 7/64” dia. – continuous loop – orange
1-15” Amsteel Blue – 7/64” dia. – continuous loop – Black
NOTE* It is useful to use two different color slings to denote the head and foot end of your hammock.
Install continuous loops
This step will be slightly different depending on which Hennessy Hammock you have. Some of their hammocks have a single hole at the gathered end and others have two.
First, remove the sheathing from the end of the hammock. This is secured in place by a small zip tie. **IMPORTANT** Do NOTuse a knife to cut the zip ties. You could slip and damage the hammock material. Instead, use diagonal cutters or nippers to cut the zip ties. After you remove the sheaths you will see the bowline knot that secure the ridgeline to the gathered end.
Untie the bowline knot being careful not to lose the ridgeline through the gathered end. Once you have removed the old suspension, remove the two Prusik clips and set them aside. You can still use them with the whoopies.
Insert about 1.5” of the continuous loop through the hole closest to the end of the hammock. Now with the larger end wrap away from your body 2 times. Now go a half wrap more and put the remaining loop through the hole closest to the sleeping section of the hammock. Proceed by inserting the long end of the loop through the ridgeline and then finally through the small loop. Cinch down the knot and pull it tight. Be sure to keep your loop organized and laying flat so the Amsteel down not cross itself. Repeat this step on the other side and you have installed your continuous loops. Next is to make your whoopie slings.
Attach Whoopie Slings
The method I employed was quite a simple one. I attached the fixed loop end of the whoopie sling to the end of my tree strap via a larks head knot. I then proceed to attach the sling to the continuous loop of the hammock using a whoopie hook from Dutware Gear. You can either buy whoopie slings with whoopie hooks attached or you can make them your self as well. The freedom you have with DIY is that you can make whatever length fits your needs. For me I made 8′ slings instead of the standard 6′.
Another advantage to the whoopie sling suspension is the easy of setup and adjustment. I can now set my whole hammock and tarp up without it touching the ground which is especially beneficial when it is raining or there is moisture on the ground. With quick adjustable loops instead of fixed ropes and knots there is now no need to untie, adjust, and re-tie knots several times until the desired hand is achieved. Overall this method was seen as faster, lighter, and easier to maintain.
I hoped this has helped give some insight on some ways to shed weight, simplify your hammock system, and enjoy camping more. The less time you spend setting up the more time you have to enjoy yourself. Stay safe and have fun.
Until next time,