A few weeks ago camping with my son I had a catastrophic hammock failure at 4 AM. Fortunately due to the available trees I was only about 1.5 feet off the ground when the planet rose up and smote me. The hammock (Hennessy Expedition Asym) didn't fail but the limb (actually a fork in the trunk) I had tied off to did after holding secure from 8 PM until nearly dawn.
In this case the head end let loose and I landed on flat ground covered with grass, no injuries. In all it was a best case scenario for having a hammock let go. The offending tree and broken limb are at the far end of the photo. For the second night I had to use the other fork which put me all of 3 inches off the ground when in the hammock. There was nowhere else to go out there that would allow us to camp together. I had to make it work.
I couldn't prevent my mind form reproducing a similar fall in many places I have hung up for the night. In one patch of jungle covered slope I regularly use my head is a good six feet off the ground while I have to crouch down to get in through the bottom vent of the Hennessy.
This was home Saturday night and due to the location I had to hang the hammock about as high as I could and still get in it. This was the first change in venue since my rude awakening and I will admit to spending an inordinate amount of time controlling my imagination of a five foot fall to the rocks below.
Has anyone here ever rigged up a secondary suspension system as a fall back when forced to use a location with "kenetic potential"?
I'd be interested in your thoughts and experiences.