Originally Posted by 6 feet over
1. How high do you like to have the lowest part of your OCCUPIED hammock off the ground? (seems like I see many photos with them lower than I’d have imagined)
2. What’s the smallest diameter tree you’ll hang from?
I like it as low as possible, from 6" to a couple of feet. If something ever gives way, I don't like the idea of falling 4 or 5 feet onto a rock. But storm coverage by the tarp may alter how low I hang, as well as if I am using the PeaPpod, in which case I need to be a little higher off the ground.
Of course, 2 feet or more is much better for chair use and getting in and out!
I like 4 to 6 " for hardwoods, 6" or more for pines. One night my buddie hung from a pine of marginal diameter ( don't know exactly) and I looked up to see he was in "bananna" shape due to the tree bending quite a lot. We ended up rigging a rope from that tree to another tree to stop the flexing.
In general, I like the smallest trees that will do the job, but I have hung from some very big trees.