Originally Posted by Man Scout
When I am out with one of my kids we use hiking poles as spreader bars (assuming that we can't find 2 trees on one end for separating the hammocks). Each of us use hiking poles so we have one set for the spreader bars and one set for porch mode on the tarp or as braces for pulling out the side pullouts of the tarp. We use a piece of amsteel with fixed eyes on each end. It's larks headed to the pole and to the suspension. We also put the rubber foot on the tips of the poles to prevent poking a hole in the tarp.
That's exactly how I've been doing it for the last year or so, I used 2.2 lashit and it works great....