I tried to take a few photos of how I do it...
Last edited by Brute1100; 01-04-2013 at 20:45.
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I have my whoopie slings attached to the hammock with the fixed eyes at the hammock ends. On the sliding end I have added a Blocking End Whipping knot per this great video from Grizz. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sUfGqudl_8) Check it out starting at the 3:00 mark. It weighs nothing, is always attached to your rigging, allows a full range of variability and is very easy to use. Hang your hammock as usual, make your adjustments to the WS then slide the whipping knot up tight to the Marlin Spike Hitch like a bolo tie on a smarmy Texas playboy. This prevents the whoopie sling from coming loose from the MSH and is easy to release afterwards.
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My personal opinion, the Marlin spike is great for rope or cord, not suitable for webbing. It's the rock climber in me. I have come up with my own system. It is borrowed from slacklining (an offshoot of rock climbing).
It is called a linelocker. Here is the link to my thread with my video.
See You In The Trees
& Keep It Hanging
I always just use the extra length of my tree straps bellow the spike to tie a slippery half hitch around the whoopie to keep it from slipping, no extra weight and is simple. Only down side is if you need every inch of those tree straps for the big trees there none left for the half hitch.