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    Hanging from an overhead line

    Has anyone tried to hang from trees too far apart by hanging a appropriately tensile rated overhead line. I would think the head end would be close to a tree and the foot end suspended from the overhead line.

    any experience?

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    interesting idea, could probably use prussic knots and hang anywhere along the line. With my current suspension I've done about 25 feet, but you have to get your straps WAY up the trees. You'd have the same problem with an overhead line I would think.

    Try it out, take lots of pics
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    Quote Originally Posted by colonel r View Post
    Has anyone tried...?
    It's called a Single Line Suspension (SLS). Several different variations have been tried by various members.

    This is the first one I remember. And this is the most recent from last week.
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    thanks

    Now that I know what it is called I'll do some research. Looks like it will work and have another technique in the bag of tools.

    The two applications are good ideas.

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    This has been researched a few times with the same results every time.

    The problem is getting ANY friction knot to hold. The only way found to do that to date is use about 1/4" rope for the tree to tree rope from which you hang. The friction knots then have sufficient grip to hold. 1/4" rope is pretty heavy.

    If you can solve that problem, then quite a few people would like to know the solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiredFeet View Post
    This has been researched a few times with the same results every time.

    The problem is getting ANY friction knot to hold. The only way found to do that to date is use about 1/4" rope for the tree to tree rope from which you hang. The friction knots then have sufficient grip to hold. 1/4" rope is pretty heavy.

    If you can solve that problem, then quite a few people would like to know the solution.
    Why use a friction knot, then? How about just two alpine butterflies tied 12'-15' apart, then you could hook onto these with a carbiner etc.

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    I've never tried an SLS, but if I were to do so I would use something like an alpine hitch:

    http://www.une.edu.au/unemc/climbing..._butterfly.php

    to give myself loops to tie onto. There's actually an arborists knot that I prefer (relly easy to untie and also doesn't slip; ugliest finished knot in the world) but I can't find it on the web. As an attempt at a description:

    Loop the rope around your hand three times. Take the middle strand over, then under the right-hand strand. Pull it up and over/under the left-hand strand; then bring it straight up to finish the knot. It's ugly, but you can hang a side of beef from it and untie it almost effortlessly.

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