Originally Posted by vitamaltz
Mule, I don't think you ever told us how long yours are now.
Most of my straps are 7'.
Tonight I'm hanging in a county park and the only close trees were 22' apart. I pushed the straps way up the tree with a stick. They're probably 10 feet up now.
Mine are about 14 feet long each and sometimes I even carry a couple of short tree huggers. I opened this discussion because I am always thinking I am carrying too much weight in my hammock kit.
Only one time did I need that much. It was raining with about 30 MPH sustained winds in the Hoosier National Forest where we go a lot. So instead of camping on the hill we went down into a saddle on the trail and then on the leeward side of the saddle we descended until out of the wind. One of my straps was almost nine feet above the ground while the other one was on the ground since the slope was so great on the hill, and the other guys got the good trees that went sideways to the slope, my trees ran down the slope. Even then I had three or four feet extra on each end, though. Mule