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Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock - straight hanging hammock

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CAUTION: The aluminum spreader bars that come with the Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock are intended to withstand the compression force along their long axis caused by the suspension straps when the hammock is loaded. Lateral stresses on the spreader bars, particularly when they are under compression, will cause the bars to fail and bend, ruining the spreader bars. DO NOT try to adjust your body position in the hammock by pulling on the spreader bars. Instead grab the sides of the hammock to adjust your body position. Jacks ‘R’ Better does not recommend hanging packs or other gear from the spreader bar itself as this places unnecessary stress on the spreader bar.

CAUTION: The aluminum spreader bars that come with the Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock are intended to withstand the compression force along their long axis caused by the suspension straps when the hammock is loaded. Lateral stresses on the spreader bars, particularly when they are under compression, will cause the bars to fail and bend, ruining the spreader bars. DO NOT try to adjust your body position in the hammock by pulling on the spreader bars. Instead grab the sides of the hammock to adjust your body position. Jacks ‘R’ Better does not recommend hanging packs or other gear from the spreader bar itself as this places unnecessary stress on the spreader bar.

JRB Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock & 11 x 10 Cat Tarp

25 Sep 08 - Initial Impressions
Topside detail of ridgeline seam tie-out.
Underside detail of ridgeline seam tie-out.
Topside detail of ridgeline middle tie-out.
Underside detail of ridgeline middle tie-out.
Topside detail of middle tie-out.
Underside detail of middle tie-out.
Topside detail of a corner tie-out.
Underside detail of a corner tie-out.
This is a large tarp so it's a bit bulkier to pack than I'm used to. Still not so bad considering the coverage I get, though. Here it is still folded inside the stuffsack. It's smaller than a 1L AquaFina bottle. It'll probably be a little bulkier than this when I stuff it back inside though.
Here's the large JRB Self-Tensioning Line (STL) set. It includes six STLs and two matching lines for the ridgeline tie-outs. These are very convenient for keeping the tarp taut all night, and they absorb the slack as silnylon stretches overnight. I already use these on my other tarps so it's nice to have them for this tarp as well.

They're an easy DIY project as well. Mine are very similar but you can add them to any line you're already using. Instructions here.

27 Dec 08 Setup Test
Here's the JRB Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock with Mount Washington Underquilt, 10' x 11' Cat Tarp pitched in a modified A-Frame, and Self-Tensioning Lines. This was really just a setup test as I was taking pics for the Hammock Suspension page.

This thing is cavernous! Lots of room under here, especially when pitched with the hiking poles to make a porch. Definitely blocks the wind better than smaller tarps since the windward side can go all the way to the ground. I need a big windstorm to see how well it stand up in use, though.

At this point, I'm impressed with the quality and setup of this tarp. I'll continue testing to see how it stands up to the wind and how convenient it is in the field. I like the huge space underneath but larger tarps are a bit more cumbersome to pitch, can limit sites to larger areas, require more lines and stakes, etc...I'll have to see how this fits into my hiking style.

Hammocks: Jacks 'R' Better Bear Mountain Hammock

The Jacks ‘R’ Better Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock is a true lay flat, sleep straight hammock. It achieves these notable results by departing from the common “gather end” design to utilize a suspension bridge technique. The hammock takes its name from the suspension bridge over the Hudson River that carries the Appalachian Trail. When the Bear Mountain Bridge was completed in 1924 it was the largest suspension bridge in the world. This is the lowest point of the entire Appalachian Trail at 127 feet above sea level.

The Jacks ‘R’ Better Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock is a true lay flat, sleep straight hammock. It achieves these notable results by departing from the common “gather end” design to utilize a suspension bridge technique. The hammock takes its name from the suspension bridge over the Hudson River that carries the Appalachian Trail. When the Bear Mountain Bridge was completed in 1924 it was the largest suspension bridge in the world. This is the lowest point of the entire Appalachian Trail at 127 feet above sea level.