Tree Distance

• 08-05-2012, 15:05
Old Man
Tree Distance
I have seen great diagrams and discussions on optimal tree spacing for hammock hanging. Sometimes when you arrive at a camp site they aren't as ideal as you would like . What is the maximum spacing, and any special precautions that experienced hammock campers:confused: are using?
• 08-05-2012, 16:52
Bitts
This is actually what brought me to the single line suspension. Lets me eliminate the tree's distance as a variable. Then the only problem is the further apart they get the more the line sags as a result when loaded. means you have to put the line pretty high on the trees when they get really far apart.
• 08-05-2012, 16:57
Cranky Bear
My system is find tree's that my tarp will fit between with approx 1-2ft extra on each side with not a lot of stuff in between the trees (shrubbery, big rocks, ect...) then I look up for widow makers! As long as my tarp will fit, my hammock will! I just count off the paces and go from there.
• 08-05-2012, 20:00
Capt Nat
I'm a noob still researching hammocks so I shouldn't offer advice of any kind. However, I heard somewhere someone had a system where he just held out his trekking poles side to side. This gave him the gauge on tree distance. I thought it was a simple concept and hope it helps...
• 08-05-2012, 20:10
sargevining
The Army taught me how to make 30" steps. Optimum distance for me is 15 feet. Two steps is 60" = 5'-0" so, six steps between trees is optimum. Tarp strap goes as high as I can reach, hammock strap goes just above head hieght, hang hammock and tweak from there to get it centered and the lowest point of the sag just about butt high.
• 08-05-2012, 20:25
Crocodile Sanders
Quote:

Originally Posted by Cranky Bear
My system is find tree's that my tarp will fit between with approx 1-2ft extra on each side with not a lot of stuff in between the trees (shrubbery, big rocks, ect...) then I look up for widow makers! As long as my tarp will fit, my hammock will! I just count off the paces and go from there.

Same here. I use my tarp to gage. I can go quite a bit longer depending on how high I can set the tree straps, but need to give the tarp some leeway on both ends.
• 08-05-2012, 20:32
SilvrSurfr
I pretty much do what Cranky Bear and others have said: use the tarp to gauge.

However, I have hung between trees up to 25 feet apart. It's not easy getting the tree straps up high enough to get a proper angle. And you need really long straps and whoopie slings.
• 08-05-2012, 21:13
zukiguy
My arm span plus my hiking poles comes out to right at 14' or so. I just walk around and stick my arms out looking for some trees I can just walk between with some room to spare. Any shorter and my tarp and hammock suspension end up kind of interfering with each other.