Originally Posted by Michele
Hey!! That's a GREAT idea!!! Only thing I can think of that could prevent this from working is if the tree were too large a diameter to be able to clip the biner to the tree hugger holes. The place I go here in Michigan doesn't have very many small diameter trees, but I'm going to start going off the beaten path and stealth camp for now on, which will give me a much larger selection of trees. What load capacity biners do you recommend, what type of gate (wire, bar, screw type). **** Rock, I'm going out for 2 nights on Fri. and Sat. and now I'm going to have to stop at the outfitters before I leave!
It does work well - that's actually how I was doing it from the beginning. It definitely makes takedown quicker. I went away from it because I didn't want to have to take the time to lash and adjust.
You want climbing-rated 'biners for sure. I didn't use a locking-type or anything; pretty much any gate should work. The one snag (literally) that I had was getting the Spectra caught in the gate notch when I tried to slide the Hennessy lashing off the 'biner. You can do it, but it takes some playing with.
Sarge has been using his stock setup all along, though, so he's probably got it down to a science.