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    Senior Member Wise Old Owl's Avatar
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    How do you pace off the distance........

    Ok I have the HH and I noticed I can find the trees, but the distance can be decieving.... what do you do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Old Owl View Post
    Ok I have the HH and I noticed I can find the trees, but the distance can be decieving.... what do you do?
    My arms spread apart are close to 6' in span. Each hiking pole is 3.5' - 4' long. So with my arms spread apart with poles extended I have a fair idea of distance...I look for trees that are at least as far apart as this spread.

    The only time I need to do this is if I have any doubt whether the trees are far enough apart. Otherwise eyeballing it works for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    My arms spread apart are close to 6' in span. Each hiking pole is 3.5' - 4' long. So with my arms spread apart with poles extended I have a fair idea of distance...I look for trees that are at least as far apart as this spread.

    The only time I need to do this is if I have any doubt whether the trees are far enough apart. Otherwise eyeballing it works for me.
    Excellent idea “Griz” and you can also use a string cut to the max allowable length and just lay it on the ground between the trees. This is helpful in thick groves where you can drive a stake next to a tree or tie off to a limb close to the trunk or to your pack, attach one end of the string to it, hold the loose end and walk back and forth from tree to tree until you find a good setup. Sounds weird, but it works and you'll get a better feel for "eyeballing."

    Once you get used to the distance required it's easier to eyeball the distance, but thick groves can be a bit more challenging. Eyeballing is best though, especially when it's pouring rain and your in a hurry to get the tarp up.

    By the way, if the tarp will fit the hammock will.

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    Hiking Poles

    I'm 6'0" tall and have my poles adjusted to a little over 4". So if I grab each pole and stretch my arms out in each direction I'm just shy of a 14' reach. This makes it easy to find a pair of trees the right distance apart without a bunch of pacing.

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    Great that's what I was looking for. pacing kinda sucked.
    There was an Old Man with a owl,
    Who continued to bother and howl;
    He sat on a rail, And imbibed bitter ale,
    Which refreshed that Old Man and his owl
    .WOO

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    Hmm, I just eyeball it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaxHiker View Post
    Hmm, I just eyeball it.
    +1 ... I also use the hairy eyeball method.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obxh2o View Post
    +1 ... I also use the hairy eyeball method.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hiker_DC View Post
    Two of my average steps is 5 feet.
    +1 to that method. It's quick, reliable and I don't have to worry about pulling a muscle stepping off the "giant" steps. The suspension system is flexible to a degree. Make sure to check for window makers and girth of the trees.

    They have done studies on this... and 60% of the time it works all the time.
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