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    hanging on hiking poles

    Anyone have advice on which hiking poles can take the weight of a loaded hammock (in case there are no trees) at the best price? And compact for aircraft travel?
    Thanks. Enjoying the ideas on HF.

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    I thought the consensus was that retractable poles aren't strong enough.

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    It's been done. There's a thread here somewhere. Net result - You get to buy new poles. Great pics on the tread though. (look under destructive testing)LOL
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    I've been down this road. You can use ski poles. Two on each end are very secure, one on each end is for the brave of heart/narrow of butt. For going on an airplane, A single folding aluminum crutch for each end works.

    After going round and round on this issue I came to the conclusion that FOR ME the best option is to carry a folding pruning saw. I carry one anyway. With this tool I can easily cut whatever fallen branches necessary for making a pair of bipods. The Fiskers model weighs about 3 oz.

    The other obstacle that you will encounter is what to anchor the supports to. My $.02: don't bother with stakes and such. XexorZ has done some very cool research on anchors for this type of application, and you could go down that road. If there is a rock or other sturdy feature to anchor to, great! If not, well, that's why I prefer pads for bottom insulation. It makes going to ground a lot less painful.
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    Thanks for the replies.
    Has anyone else found a way?
    How about Gossamer gear Lightrek 4 poles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldyellahide View Post
    Thanks for the replies.
    Has anyone else found a way?
    How about Gossamer gear Lightrek 4 poles?
    Uh, if you want to give away 150-175 dollars, I have a Paypal account.

    Seriously, tho. If you are going to use trekking poles a very light hollow carbon fiber is not a real good idea for that. The Lightreks will support your weight when you need them to, but occasionally keeping you from falling down and supporting a hammock with you in it are two different things - the lines of force with a hammock go in different directions. Carbon fiber will take a lot if you apply weight from the top down, but will snap if you step on them with much force.

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    errrr, this sounds like a job for Texas A&M big brain club.. humm. But serious there must be a solution that is not to painfull. Silly MD State Parks Danger Ranger put me on the PAD for even suggesting a traditional Hang off trees. Lets work on it and if so I sure would like to be inside the loop.
    Dave EK

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