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    Man down!

    I had a fall today while trying to see if I could stay up with just four wraps around the tree and no knot...you can't! Or at least I didn't.

    Can I be in the club, now?!

    Thankfully, I was hung real low and using my "test hammock."

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    yep, your in the club<g>.
    it wouldn't take much of a knot to hold it in place after 4 wraps though.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Cool Wow, I feel cooler already...

    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    yep, your in the club<g>.
    it wouldn't take much of a knot to hold it in place after 4 wraps though.
    Well, I just want to thank my mom and dad, all the folks at hammock forums all my friends and family everywhere in the world....alright, enough of the acceptance speech...

    I heard from an arboring friend of mine that four wraps around a log and it won't pull loose. I had a Speer improved knot on one end and wrapped four times around the other, and it worked. Then, when I tried it on both ends, no go! Oh well, at least I made it in, and no bumps or bruises--just a skipped heartbeat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Narwhalin View Post
    I had a fall today while trying to see if I could stay up with just four wraps around the tree and no knot...you can't! Or at least I didn't.

    Can I be in the club, now?!

    Thankfully, I was hung real low and using my "test hammock."
    Welcome aboard. Actually, it's quite possible to keep a hammock hanging with Ed Speer's Four Wrap Knot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Narwhalin View Post
    I had a fall today while trying to see if I could stay up with just four wraps around the tree and no knot...you can't! Or at least I didn't.

    Can I be in the club, now?!

    Thankfully, I was hung real low and using my "test hammock."
    Welcome to the Airborne Hammock Infantry. Though not well known there are a few of us disguised as ordinary hammockers, ready to be pressed into service at a moments notice. Our numbers remain small due to the fact that we are a covert OPS group. (never bail out of your hammock in public view)
    We are always looking for more members to make up for the attrition associated with this high risk manuver. When approached most people ask, "Who would want to jump out of a perfectly good hammock?".
    You have heeded the call to duty. Hold your head up high and be proud soldier. It's a dangerous job but somebodys got to do it!
    Personally, I have never earned a purple heart under these conditions. Although I am a seasoned vet with 5 jumps under my belt (or is it my butt), I have never managed to wound anything other than my pride. My stealthy moves have only been compromised once but the Bulldog's not talking

    Seriously, I'm glad you are OK. I had the breath knocked out of me once and now I do all my testing at low altitude. Looks like you were smarter than me and started out near the ground. Chalk it up to a learning experience.
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    ...and there came to be a day, all too soon, that I became aware that I could travel no more on my long journey. Though I did not arrive where I had planned, I believe that here is exactly where I am supposed to be...

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    I've taken 2 falls, both slow, and both worth laughing at. Both happened on the same night at the MAHHA fall hang.

    First one, my son jumped into my hammock with me, causing the ziptie to bust and we slowly got lowered to the ground as the hammock slipped out of the supports because there was nothing there to stop it.

    Second one was caused because of the same reason as the first, only thing was it waited until I had to water a tree at 3am. Good thing I had extra zipties, though finding them at 3am in my pack without waking my sons was alittle tough.

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    So you guys are not knotting them but zip tying?

    Sorry.. I'm a New B hanger and looking for all the angles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    Welcome aboard. Actually, it's quite possible to keep a hammock hanging with Ed Speer's Four Wrap Knot.
    I just want to clarify that I wasn't using Ed's four-wrap...I was simply wrapping them around the tree without any knot...

    Quote Originally Posted by JDHiker View Post
    So you guys are not knotting them but zip tying?

    Sorry.. I'm a New B hanger and looking for all the angles
    Yup!

    http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeHammock2.html

    Go to the bottom of the page and you will find the zipties whipping. I haven't used anything else. As a noob, I would suggest looking at all of Jeff's gear on this page: http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeGear.html

    Even if you are not planning on making your own gear, that page is very informative, and I went there quite a bit when I needed to know more info...

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