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    It is my understanding that if you use a structural ridge line you don't have to go as high on the trees to get the right sag.

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    Hanging from a rock face is definitely doable. I used these CampUSA Tricams for this test hang. I took them with me on the Middle Fork Salmon last June. There was only one camp where there were no trees but there was no rock face either. I could have hung it from a boulder over a scree field but the rocks were jagged and treacherous and I didn't think it would be pleasant of safe for those middle of the night relief missions. The other cool thing about it is that you can hang where no tent could consider setting up. It opens the possibilities.

    Which River were you on and was it a private trip?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Cataraft,
    Your paddles can be lashed together and used as a prop to help hold one end of the hammock. Still using the trees as anchor points.
    Yup. Good advice, that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    Oh yes... so many ways to skin a cat... just have to be both creative & realistic

    Having a cooperative cat helps too.

    I also like the idea of lashing crossed paddles as a support. Your rafting paddles are much longer than canoe paddles, so this should be a very reasonable proposition.

    Oar, you could use the paddle to push your webbing higher up the tree. The T-grip would likewise be useful with pulling it down again if you just feed the webbing through the loop. As you are rafting, weight is not a tremendous issue. Having a couple of 6' extenders would not hurt anyones feelings.
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    Thanks for all the tips everyone.
    We run the Main Salmon & Middle Fork Salmon every summer. Private trips. I'll attach some pictures - Indian Creek & Rock Island camps - Sept 4 - 11 was our trip.
    We use oars quite a bit for the end supports for our large river kitchen tarps, and as supports for our solar showers. After we lashed together the oars for the shower stall on the last trip I got to thinking about using oars as the end support for a hammock. I saw a picture that someone posted yesterday using oars. My oars are 9 ft. long and I have this triple ring thing (called an Oars Up) that you can put the oar handles into to make a tripod. My only concern is possibly damaging my oars, but they are composite and very sturdy.
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    If I lived close, I'd be all over it. I was on the MF in June. Water was running pretty nice (5'). We had 3 swimmers, including yours truly. I row every chance I get. I love it. I either rowed or paddled the full trip. Rowing was a lot more intense there than on the Colorado. I never had to worry about the downstream oar before. I still have all my teeth.

    My wife's and my hammocks were quiet a novelty on that trip. I just let everyone that asked give it a test drive and answered any questions they had.

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