Since the first time I ever saw the Tentsile it has most diffidently held a top position on my list of unnecessary awesomeness I'd willingly spend a weeks salary to purchase. Unfortunately I have not yet had the week long expendable salary to purchase the Tentsile. If any of you other wonderful instruct able-ites have found yourselves in the same reality this instructable, a basic alternative, just might be for you.
I hope you enjoy the concept and build one of your own. If you have suggestion for improvement please share.
I slept in my hammoc-cot last night and rested wonderfully. If your wondering just how much my designed held I'm 250lbs.
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Step 1: Supplies Needed to Begin Your Hammoc-cot Build.
An old cot
2" steel ring
2 tie-down straps.
Step 2: Prepare Your Old Cot.
Set up your cot just as you would for ground use.
My initial plan was to remove the legs but, found that I could leave them on and the cot would maintain its ground use capabilities even after running paracord lines for hanging.
My reason for removing the legs was only to lighten the structure for back packing. I assume I'll still have the option to remove the legs but, I'm already a minimalist packer and this will drastically heavy my load. If your willing to pack it in it'd make for an excellent nights sleep but, odds are this is best suited for "car camping" or a bace camp.
Step 3: Hang Your Rings and Paracord.
Prepare a hook directly over the center of you cot to hang your 2 2" rings and para cord. My hook was 48" above the center of my cot.
Hang your 2 2" steel rings .
Attach 2 16' lengths of paracord, using a larks head at their center, to your ring for each side. Measure out your paracord and fuse each end.
Attach paracord to cot using a simple figure eight. I chose figure eight knots as they'll be easiest to adjust the hammoc-cot for balance and there more easily untied after great amounts of strain or weight have been carried . This is why their used in rock climbing. Adjust all your lines till your cot is centered and balanced. I worked in a circle tightening nots like tuning a bicycle wheel.
Tape down stray ends leaving enough extra cord to re-tie knots.
Step 4: Ready to Hang.
I hope you enjoyed this instructable. All in all, it was not very expensive or time consuming. If you already own the cot all you'll need to really purchase is the rings and cord, less than $7. Thank you for your vote if you're inclined to do so.