I was inspired by Grizz's HFDHS and wanted to take it a bit further. I wanted to remove all hardware from the hammock and tarp suspension and not to have any knots to tie in the field. This means removing the toggle in the MSH. I have not come up with anything new, just taking ideas of others and applying them a bit differently.
The first thing I did was make some loops of amsteel with a diamond knot. These get attached to the hammock by a girth hitch.
I will attach the whoopie sling and the ridgeline to these:
I have taken a piece of Amsteel and attached it to the tree huggers with an albright knot. The two tails will then be tied into another diamond knot.
I also can use a loop with a diamond knot and attach it to the huggers with a heddon knot.
The albright knot is fixed at the end of the huggers whereas the heddon knot button can be moved along the huggers. After hanging, the heddon knot is very tight and can be hard to move. Usually just a little playing around will loosen it enough to moved it.
This takes care of the hammock. No knot tying in the field and no hardware. I was having a difficult time trying to find a way for the tarp. I didn't want to use the same methods with the tarp, no whoopie sling. To remove all hardware, I could just wrap the rope around the tree, through my tie out then use a blake's hitch to tension the tarp. But, then I was tying a knot and it was a pain with my setup.
I thought, why not use a button like I did with the hammock! That way, I keep the blake's hitch always tied and I can just place the loop over the button.
This worked ok, but it was hard to keep the rope on the button when there was no to little tension. On to the soft shackle:
I think the soft shackle is cheating, it is just a replacement for a biner. So it is a semi-hardware. It's also more work since I have to undo the shackle after running the line around the tree so that I can place the shackle in the loop. I would like to replace the shackle with something like the button loop. But I need to find a way to place the loop over the button and not have the line fall off when there is no tension.