Amazing story, Ed!! I never would have thought to hand myself in the trees like one would do with their food!
I remember using multiple ropes:
1) Anchor rope for the foot end of the hammock. It had to be long enough to be be tied off at the base of the tree with the other end thrown over a high limb & reaching back to the hammock on the ground.
2) Anchor rope for the head end of the hammock. It was tied off at the base of the tree, then thrown over a high limb. This rope had a pulley at the top end thru which the 3rd rope went.
3) This rope connected to the head end of the hammock, then passed thru the pulley high in the tree at the end of # 2 anchor rope, then passed back down to the hammock where it probably attached back to itself near the head end of the hammock with the Jumar. After passing thru the Jumar, this rope then came to me in the hammock where I could pull it to hoist the hammock. Once released, this end of the rope could hang out of my reach, so I had to have a tether line tied off to the hammock itself.
I can't recall if more pulleys were used, but I do remember trying 2 & even 3 pulley setups to get better leverage ratios; but I think in the end I used only one pulley. More elaborate systems using Jumars & pulleys at each end would probably work better, but space & weight restrictions for my kayak trip prevented me from soing so.
I also used a fulltime safety harness that was connected to the Jumar with a short length of rope. If I fell out of the hammock, the safety rope would stop me before hitting the ground; then I'd have to cut the safety rope to fall the remaining few feet to the ground ( a knife for this purpose was attached to the safey harness).
Obviously attempting such a setup can be extremely dangerous--a fall from even low heights can cause serious injury or even death. Anyone planning such a setup should do lots of testing in safe situations before trusting any high setup. This should also include testing the safety harness by actually falling out of the hammock at low heights to make sure the system works. Be safe
Cool story Ed! You're my hero for the whole rest of the week.
Every winter I remember snow plows driving on the lakes and putting up stop signs and lights on the LAKES!. ice fishing was huge and any winter sport you can imagine. It was interesting driving a 4x4 across the ice.
All the stores have plugs and no one locks there cars when they grocery shop. U plug them in and leave them running so its warm when you come out.
Now Summer time you would think everyone wants to come. I think fall was like 3 weeks and gone. But summertime is worse. MN state bird should really be the mosquito. When we did groceries we would only get enough where each person could grab 2 or 3 bags. Then all at one time. RUN! for the door.
Now if you had to come out a 2nd time. Oh my there was a cloud waiting for you. I even did some testing where I would hold my breath and walk out on the porch. Not one mosquito but as soon as I exhaled they sounded the trumpets.
I also bought one of those big square fans you place in a window. Well I put screen on the side it blows into and tossed a light bulb in front of it. When I came out the next morning the fan was so gummed up from mosquito's it fried the motor.
If I was still in MN I would hike in the winter too. The bugs are like wild animals there.
We had a cold spell and for 4 days and nights it never warmed up. I snapped and told the wife find me a uhaul we are going south I have had it. Now I am in TN and LOVE IT!.
But if you like the cold MN is the place to be. There is also jobs there because no one wants to live there. Polaris is there. Warroad, MN only 25 min away has marvin windows. Both places are always hiring.
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