Okay, so I've just set up my new HH ULBA and found it easier than I thought. I still am waiting on my Whoopie Slings to arrive and will convert asap as I hate the current suspension. So here's the question that came to my mind as I gave it my first go:
Is it really necessary to use straps on the trees? In other words, do the small ropes do such damage to the bark that it will distress the tree beyond recovery?
Let me say that I'm prepared to get blasted as I know how everyone uses them. I could see if you were in an area where people hammock often in the same spots like the AT or similar trails and the same trees get hung on a lot, but I can guarantee you, nobody's using them where I'm at. Also, I've already decided to use them regardless, just because if so many people do, there must be a good reason. I just want to hear it.