I've been messing around with the HFDHS and wanted to remove all hardware. In other words, remove the "marlin spike".
Right now, I have a loop of amsteel with a double diamond knot. From here, I attach the ridge line and the suspension whoopie. Around the trees, I have some huggers. I just needed to find a way to remove the "marlin spike" and to attach the whoopies and still have them removable.
I thought that I could tie a diamond not to the end of the whoopie:
This works well, I can just run the huggers through the loop. This works well. Except the attachment point is not adjustable. So, I thought about using a hedden knot and I can slide the diamond knot to where I want it:
This isn't bad. But after a test hand tonight, I found the hedden tightened a lot and was a bit difficult to move. After a bit of fudging the knot, I got it loose enough that I could position it where I want it.
Then I thought about using a knot that I could use instead of the loops in the huggers. I wanted a knot that would be easy to tie around the tree, strong and easy to remove. I wanted something I could wrap the whoopie around. I found the Kalmyk. With this knot, I can do a couple of things. I can either place the whoopie over the knot, I can put the huggers through the whoopie's adjustable loop or I can keep the albright loop knot on the end. I can then tie the Kalmyk so that the diamond knot is where I want it.
I played with this idea tonight. Tying the Kalmyk was easy. It held my weight and even more important, when I went to remove it, I just pulled on the slipped line and it came undone. I forgot to test this knot with the whoopie attached directly to it instead of the hedden or the albright knots.
But, I think I like the idea of using the huggers with an albright knot, with the huggers going through its own loop. But being able to tie the Kalmyk if the tree makes it so that the exit line is too long.
I need to make new huggers. The ones I have now have loops on both ends which makes the last couple of inches rigid and not as adjustable with the Kalmyk. I only want the loop on one side of the hugger with the other side being free with an albright at the end.