The received wisdom in this thread is that to simplify loosening up the webbing from the rings when packing up, you can
a) pull the standing end of the webbing off to the side to loosen, or
b) thread a doubled back loop of webbing between the rings when tightening up, so that you can loosen completely just by yanking on the standing end.
Like many HH users, I crank up the tension tight. Technique a) above is the one I end up using most often, but it takes me a fair bit of wiggling back and forth and working of the rings (which are tied to the spectra pretty tightly). I have trouble with technique b) in that when I'm tightening up to begin with, the two layers of the loop tend not to stay together, and I'm left with a jam of dubious holding quality. So I yank it and go back to the single layer of webbing through, and end up struggling with a).
This weekend when I was fooling around on my DIY bridge hammock, I was experimenting with ways to get guy out lines really really tight. I looked up block and tackle
. Before realizing that I should be using the block and tackle on the individual guy out lines, I was trying to get tension on them indirectly, running the block and tackle between tree and ring buckle. What I was doing, in effect, was creating slack on the webbing between ring buckle and tree, which I would then tighten up.
But this solves my original problem too---I can loosen the webbing and rings by creating slack on the webbing between tree and ring buckle. Here's how.
Attach a spare descender ring or nano wire carabiner to the spectra on the hammock side of the ring buckle, using, say, a Prusik knot. The ring or carabiner ought to be close (like just under) the ring buckle. With a separate bit of high rate cord, loop around the tree and attach another ring or carabiner. This should be positioned under the point where the webbing departs the tree and makes a string line for the ring buckle. The loop also ought to lie on top of the webbing, so as not to hurt the tree with what we do next. Tie a bit of high rate cord to one of our extra rings, then loop that cord 2 or 3 times between it and the other extra ring. Now pull on the standing end of the extra cord a few inches, and tie it off. The mechanical leverage of the block and tackle will have loosen the tension on the webbing in the ring buckle, and getting it out now is a snap.
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