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Assuming that my tarp fits, I prefer closer trees. I have a twelve-foot-long tarp, so I always have some space at the end of the hammock to adjust if the tarp fits.
Me too, I always count one step (approx 3') as a pace. I look for trees that are 4 - 5 paces (12' - 15') apart to hang my BB. That distance lets me hang my huggers at a comfortable height.
Wow this is confusing!
Not trying to hijack the thread but a little help on standard setup would be great.
Im roughly 6' and have a WBBB with tree huggers and 6ft whoopies, how high should I put the tree huggers and how far apart are the 'ideal' standard trees?
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Yea, like the others have said, my hammock would fit between C & D, but my tarp requires A & B.
Well, not strictly true, at 14' minimum to hang my tarp, it would likely take A to D to fit the tarp. that is, my minimum distance is 4 of my paces if using the tarp, & I ALWAYS set up so I can deploy the tarp.
And, my hammock takes about 3 paces, so,,,,,,
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My paces always seem to be off by just a bit. I've found my outstretched arms holding my hiking poles is almost exactly 14'. Too short is a problem so long as I can stand between the trees and not touch I should be good with my current tarp/hammock setup.
This comes in really handy when I'm actually hanging from huge branches and not the trunk of a tree (huge oak hammocks or between an oak limb and a cabbage palm). It's nice just being able to reach up and instantly know I've got the right distance.
In answer to your original question....I'd probably just walk a few paces in any direction and look for E & F. There's a lot more to a place to hang than tree spacing though so the direction, shelter from the wind (or lack thereof) proximity to other campers or obstacles, etc. My advice probably means squat though. I always have some really great setup in my mind then once everything is set up I'm asking myself "now why did I do that". By that point though I'm too tired or it's getting too dark to move my tarp/hammock.