"The more I carry the happier I am in camp; the less I carry the happier I am getting there" - Sgt. Rock
A drip string does the same thing...
And the way you describe attaching a sling is exactly how it usually gets done.
Thanks guys for clearing that up. I guess I was just overlooking the obvious.
In any event I think I'll give the Whoopies a go. And yes...it is fun to say Whoopie!
My whoopies are about 5', I think (maybe shorter), and I have a variety of straps of different lengths. Most often, in heavily treed areas, I use 4' straps. Sometimes the limited length has meant I have to be more picky. In No. Arizona in areas with old growth Ponderosa Pines, it can take a while to find trees that will work, but I haven't had a problem. Good sites are found, not made, and having shorter suspension just means I have to be a good detective.
I guess I don't mind the process -- its kind of fun. Packing light has its challenges, but they are often part of the reward. You can pack 12' straps and never worry about length, I guess.
It's not always the size of your straps, but how you use them that counts.