Originally Posted by ALHikerGal
I just picked up the HF strap yesterday for $2.99. Havent tried it out yet (thats tonight!)
I have the HH Desert Rat.
1. How imperitive is it to use the straps around a tree?
2. Can the cord that is attached to the ends hammock be used to wrap the tree?
3. Anyone know the diameter of this cord?
Although I've seen a couple dissenting opinions on this, I think the majority opinion is definitely that straps of some sort should be used on trees. The small, lightweight cords we like to use for suspensions cause damage to tree bark, which over time (or in some cases even after a single use) can kill trees. This is a courtesy to all other hangers, in exactly the same spirit as LNT.