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  1. Was it in a Treeboat? That's the only way I could...

    Was it in a Treeboat? That's the only way I could see hanging so high up. That, or a climber's platform/tent. But a camping hammock? Hmm..., I don't know.
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    I wonder if my 11'x11' tarp is too big, though....

    I wonder if my 11'x11' tarp is too big, though. 14.6' on the diagonal. My ASR is 7.5', leaving three and half feet on either side. My straps are plenty long enough. Is that three and half feet on...
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    Sticky: +1. I'm still getting used to hanging, and I...

    +1. I'm still getting used to hanging, and I expect to get it. If I were to see that list before buying my hammock, I'd have sworn off it for the cost. My hammock cost $15. Webbing, $9. Cinch...
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    Wow, look at this thing...

    http://www.knotandrope.com/Store/pc/catalog/greenboat1.jpg

    The Treeboat

    Weighs nearly 5 pounds, though. Still, I could throw a party in that thing.
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    I don't mean to stop it. I know you shouldn't try...

    I don't mean to stop it. I know you shouldn't try to completely; the hang tends to jerk in winds. But I do want to lessen it. I've read guying out with shock cord can do that. And, again, I'd like to...
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    How thick shock cord for guying out?

    I am certain that if I can guy out the sides of my hammock I'd get a better hang, and I'm not a huge fan of swaying. What size shock cord can I use to get a reasonably tight hang?

    I plan to use...
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    It's mainly illegal because those are rare trees...

    It's mainly illegal because those are rare trees you're hanging from.

    It's not about the mess you make, it's about what you may be doing to those trees.

    All I know is that I've gone through...
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    Oh, a lot of LNT folks don't care about whether...

    Oh, a lot of LNT folks don't care about whether or not we're safe. Further, it doesn't even to seem to be whether or not we protect and preserve the environment. It occurs to me that the ultimate...
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    Not a fan. Not at all. Sorry, but I find that...

    Not a fan. Not at all. Sorry, but I find that hanging from a rare tree (despite its numbers in the barrens) is just wrong.

    This is where some of us are going to follow divergent paths; I'm not...
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    That sounds like the fourth level of hell. I...

    That sounds like the fourth level of hell.

    I expect you were being facetious. That said, I don't want to make the enjoyment of wilderness any easier. Easier means greater stress on vulnerable...
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    I thought hanging from pine is a cardinal sin. ...

    I thought hanging from pine is a cardinal sin.

    To that end, is there some guideline as to how big around? I know to stick to hardwoods. Also, what about hanging two off a tree? I've seen examples,...
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    Monkey fist: ...

    Monkey fist:

    http://www.animatedknots.com/photos/monkeysfist/monkeysfistR24.jpg

    Monkey fist from animatedknots.com
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    Nothing to see here... (deals)

    http://www.zappos.com/product/8297162/color/8

    http://a1.zassets.com/images/z/2/6/2/1/9/4/2621944-p-MULTIVIEW.jpg

    Therm-a-Rest Regular Down Coupler, $99. Surely one of you DIYers could fashion...
  14. Thread: First hang

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    I intend to keep at it. I didn't drop much in the...

    I intend to keep at it. I didn't drop much in the way of weight, but I did gain a bunch of room in my 50L pack. I might be able to get it all into my 30L, especially in warmer weather.

    I also plan...
  15. Thread: First hang

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    First hang

    Honestly? Meh...

    I went to my MIL's house this weekend in southern NJ. It's got a nice back yard, and two trees I would find are just barely far enough apart to hang my hammock and tarp.

    1'...
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    When the wind blows, those blue tarps can sound...

    When the wind blows, those blue tarps can sound like you're inside a metal garbage can being pelted by frozen peas. Head over to the FS section, maybe you can DIY a tarp from some fabric there, or...
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    Sticky: I have a Nalgene 96 oz soft bottle I use for...

    I have a Nalgene 96 oz soft bottle I use for this. I made a bag from those reflective, windshield shades; it keeps the water warmer longer and protects the sensitive fabric inside my bag. I also made...
  18. Thread: How many feet?

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    My webbing came today. Thirty feet. Yeah, it's a...

    My webbing came today. Thirty feet. Yeah, it's a lot, but it was inexpensive. Enough to make a pair for my fiance, too, probably.

    What's the smallest diameter tree I should hang my hammock from?...
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    I like the idea, but I'd be concerned about using...

    I like the idea, but I'd be concerned about using a penny, or anything disk-shaped; I'd be concerned about the stress on the fabric. How about a river pebble, a marble or, one of those little...
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    I'm still waiting on my first hammock -- should...

    I'm still waiting on my first hammock -- should be here Tuesday. Also the webbing for my straps and cinch buckles, and adjustable ridgeline. I've got a tarp. Pretty massive, actually, at 11' (15.6'...
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    My hammock's orange, but my tarp is OG. If I...

    My hammock's orange, but my tarp is OG. If I absolutely, positively have to be seen from ground or air, I'll fly that thing like a flag. My tent is orange, too. Some of my clothes are bright,...
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    Sticky: I'm coming from a tent background. As I see it,...

    I'm coming from a tent background. As I see it, what's the diff between a cinch buckle or anything else as it pertains to a noob? If it's light, easy, safe (with a stop knot,) and cheap, why is it...
  23. Thread: How many feet?

    by bigsilk
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    As far as LNT and trees and all that go, is there...

    As far as LNT and trees and all that go, is there a better method? I've heard webbing's better, as is the slap-strap style. And to avoid rope.
  24. Thread: How many feet?

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    I hike the Catskills and surrounding environs....

    I hike the Catskills and surrounding environs. Plenty of good, old hardwood trees, plenty of them 5' or 6' around, and plenty of those about 13' apart.

    I have a feeling this hammock thing's gonna...
  25. Thread: How many feet?

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    Normally I'd have done the research, but I found...

    Normally I'd have done the research, but I found a new Kelty Redwing 50 on ebay for $70 and wanted to add the webbing and a couple of things before someone else snagged it.

    I ended up getting 30'...
  26. Thread: How many feet?

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    How many feet?

    I'm going to make my own straps. 1" webbing good enough? How long should each strap be?
  27. Backpacker for decades, just bought a hammock

    I bought some boots that didn't fit. I sent them back and bought with some of the cash on account a Byer of Maine Traveller [sic] Lite for $15. I've been doing the backpacking thing for a while and...
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