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    Hanging on a hiking staff

    I've been playing with trekking poles for a while, but I think I'm going to be using a staff for a while. I carved this one with a (not yet completed) bears head on the end and added a wrist strap trekking pole style. I also added a screw in to the bottom and then sharpened it a bit so the staff wouldn't slip. A staff is strong enough to hold up one side of a hammock. This one is a little bent and still holds up fine. I use Constrictor hitches to attach the hammock to the staff and the lines that run to the sides are 1 single rope also attached with a constrictor. I have yet to find a place I can't hang, but I want to have a few tricks just in case.
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    That's some good stuff.

    Gotta try it. As well as the skiing poles.
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    I snapped an old set of bamboo (?) ski poles trying this a while back. I had them set up in a bi pod configuration, and hadn't figured out how to secure them as well as I now know how to. They DID hold my weight, but because I was swinging a bit, the poles bent and broke. So I believe if secured correctly they would work. I was trying to secure the midpoints of the poles so they would not bend. I had not anticipated the top of the pole moving. If I had another pair of poles to experiment with, I'd use lines to secure both the top and the mid points. But for now a staff seems to be a safer bet.
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    LMAO... that picture series is hilarious. I'm sure you've seen it, but look at the poles in that second to last picture... it's no wonder they broke.

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    yeah.... that's from the hammock swinging. Believe it or not, I didn't hit the ground. I just stood up. It was weird. It is wise to put your head end on the tree side. I was trying to face the camera. If I'd been facing the other way, I'd have seen what the poles were doing and probably could have quit and tried something else instead of breaking them.

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    For some reason, I hadn't been keeping up with this thread. I read it at first, but there's been quite a bit added since.

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=5826

    I hope someone finds a good way to fashion supports out of trekking poles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbwtt View Post
    I hope someone finds a good way to fashion supports out of trekking poles.
    There are ways of keeping trekkin gpoles from slipping under compression as spreader bars. Perhaps the same techniques could be used to keep trekking poles from slipping under compression as support poles. But those techniques require inserts to prevent the collapsing and require additional gear and added weight. a staff of sufficient length and trength should be able to work without the need to carry more stuff. But I would think if there were suitable trees to fashion such a staff from found branches there would be suitable trees to hang from. Just my thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    But I would think if there were suitable trees to fashion such a staff from found branches there would be suitable trees to hang from. Just my thought.
    You are right. But the plan is to carry the staff, as one would take trekking poles, to areas where you suspect trees my be sparse, so you would know you'd have one support and would only need to find one more. This is just my current idea... We'll see is it proves useful enough to last.

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    Here's some photos of the hiking staff setup with a tarp.
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    The staff idea has a lot of merit. For one thing, a hiking stick of comfortable height is significantly longer than a trekking pole or ski pole. This makes it easier to get a good sag. Looks good!

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