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    Quote Originally Posted by questionmike View Post
    I noticed that Dutch had 18ft suspension options. Wouldn't your hammock be touching the ground when setting up with trees that far apart? Thanks.
    I'm a big proponent of bringing enough suspension, because I like wide hangs and the trees where I live can get very big. Honestly, 18-foot straps are pretty extreme -- like anchoring to trees over two feet in diameter on each end 10.5 feet up and 30 feet apart -- but it is possible, and I've done it with 15-foot straps and Amsteel dog bones, as well as other (lighter) suspension set-ups...



    If you wind up anchoring to REALLY big trees -- say three feet in diameter or more -- those hangs chew up a lot of strap length; two 3-foot trees will have you running out of strap with 18-footers at around 25 feet apart, anchored just under 9 feet off the ground at a proper (30-degree) hang angle. I have definitely hung off some large old growth trees in the backcountry.

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    Suspension Length?

    Stupid question, but if you push the straps up the tree with a branch, how do you get them down again? Will the branch be enough to do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vickence View Post
    Stupid question, but if you push the straps up the tree with a branch, how do you get them down again? Will the branch be enough to do that?
    The same way you got them up usually works for taking them down

    But I use climbing biners and can tie an extra guy line to the biner. When I want to take the suspension down, I simply tug on the guy line. The biner usually slips down the strap, and I can unclip it easy peasy.

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    That's a cool idea! I will have to try that!

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