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    Short people hammock setup

    I am 6,0 and have very little trouble setting up my hammock. My girlfriend on the other hand is 5,0 and doesnt get the tree straps high enough on the tree when she is in charge of putting the hammocks up. Do you guys have any advice besides me setting up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZMad2000 View Post
    I am 6,0 and have very little trouble setting up my hammock. My girlfriend on the other hand is 5,0 and doesnt get the tree straps high enough on the tree when she is in charge of putting the hammocks up. Do you guys have any advice besides me setting up?
    ive seen someone use a stick to push them up but I cant say it was a bulletproof idea haha
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    Even at 5 foot, she should still be able to reach the optimal height for trees 13 feet apart. Further than that, treking poles or even a stout branch can help work the webbing up the tree. Alternately, change duties so your 6 feet can be utilized.
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    I mentioned something about this on the warbonnet forum. I'm 5'7" or 8" and often chose trees further apart. I can reach around 7 foot high but when putting the straps up and around your arms have to be extended to some degree so it can be tough on certain trees. Especially on the blackbird as it needs a bit more height for an optimum hang.

    Some thing I will next time I'm out is to look for smaller trees, a shorter distance apart and if not be on the look out for some kind log or tree stump that's safe to stand on.

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    I'm 5'1" and on most occasions, I can just reach up as high as I can and get the straps where they need to be. On the few times that the strap needs to be higher, I'll find a sturdy stick, usually with a fork in the branches right at the end, hook the strap (I've already put the strap around the tree) with the stick and slowly work it higher up the tree. My treking poles also work well at doing this if there's no sticks laying about. In the morning, after I've got everything off the hammock (like the under quilt), I'll take the stick or treking pole and work the strap back down to where I can reach it.
    Tell her to practice a few times doing this by herself.

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    I am 5ish and have not had too much trouble. I try to pick trees about 9 regular steps apart, which is about 14 feet. I start to have trouble when the trees are around 16 feet apart, but I use a trekking pole to push the strap up high enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZMad2000 View Post
    I am 6,0 and have very little trouble setting up my hammock. My girlfriend on the other hand is 5,0 and doesnt get the tree straps high enough on the tree when she is in charge of putting the hammocks up. Do you guys have any advice besides me setting up?
    The solution to your quandary is for each of you to set up your own hammock. For your girlfriend, finding trees closer together will allow her to hang her hammock properly by just reaching as far above her head as is possible. As others have already mentioed using a stick or trekking pole to work the strap higher up the tree will also get the job done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thexuprising View Post
    I'm 5'7" or 8" and often chose trees further apart.
    I totally read that the wrong way!
    I am 6', so I rarely have a problem, but my gf is like, 5'6", and often needs a boost with the tree straps. There's a few tricks, but they're more easily explained in person. They have to do with slinging the end of the strap around nice and high to begin with.

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    I have 2 sets of tree straps. one is 6' the other is 8' i think. She usually gets the the longer one for some reason and i guess that would be easy to fling higher on the tree and then she would also have to tighten things a little more. Maybe. Also the trekking pole idea she will have to give it a try.

    Thanks for the input guys.

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    I'm a little confused as to the difficulty you shorties are having. I'm 5'4" and I have zero problems getting the tension out of my ridgeline and keeping a comfy hang. It's all about tree selection with 12-15' distances.

    As far as placing the tree straps so far above your head you need your trekking poles to increase the height.... not sure I agree with that. Try to get some trees farther apart. I never place my straps more than maybe 1-2 feet over my head.
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