While I had not thought about it, when I was hanging my hammock with 770 and 850 paracord, I always thought the tension on the straps was equal to the weight in the tarp divided by 2. Meaning a 300 lb person would only be putting 150 lbs of tension against each strap.
From this video I seem to be wrong.
At a 30 degree angle the full weight of the person is on [each] line and at 5 degrees it's over 1100 lbs. That's crazy!
What's worse is that [a] I've setup my hammock in the backyard from time to time hanging it from the cinder block posts and I'm just not knowledgeable enough to know if it can withstand the lateral forces generated by a hammock. [b] which got me to thinking about the last time I was hammock camping and my interested to take a hike and hammock nap today. The trees I was thinking about might not have been a good choice.
And so the tent vs hammock conversation rages on.