Originally Posted by caboyer
I got curious and had to try this out. Found some aluminum crutches in a closet here and decided to try a "treeless" hang. Didn't have any heavy duty ground stakes, so I improvised with some oversized "stakes" on hand -- a tree and a porch column. The lashup supported my 195 lb weight successfully, although I'm not sure I'd try to hang overnight this way.
What became immediately obvious is the need to adequately secure the guy line(s) and the hammock connection to the top of the post (crutch). The aluminum was too slippery for the large rope I used to grip adequately.
You can hang from this overnight, caboyer! Search for my trip report from St. John, I used a folding version of that crutch.
Try hanging from where the single tube joins up with the other two tubes. It's a low hang, but doable. This also puts the crutch tip at a good height above the hammock to support your tarp.