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    Thanks for all the great info, I'm really looking forward to getting out there and tweaking my system.

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    Many options not just one "right" way

    Strap length depends on the circumference of the trees or posts 4' is often long enough in some places a strap with loops on both ends and a Dutch clip or carabiner will work with W.S. larks headed semi permanently "attached" to one end. But MSH in place of D-clip is fine, best to know this just in case clip or binder is lost regardless. 2' straps may even work in some places but rope with vertical sticks under cord on hammock side to protect tree may be necessary occasionally, so I would not strongly recommend that method. Also wrap strap around multiple times if tree is very young with delicate thin bark, or try to use a different tree or cluster of tree trunks. The more you camp the more unique situations you will encounter and learn to be creative, I.e. guy lines down from small mesquite shrubs in west Texas or South West when there is nothing larger than 2" in diameter, tripod of standing deadwood poles ("Standing Dead" trees, not rotting on ground), a long list of options that are not "text book".

    12" bury is best, www.I-36.com has some good calculators and graphics on Brummel Locked Loop and Soft Shackle etc also this PDF from manuf of "amsteel" but for much thicker rope than you need.

    http://www.samsonrope.com/Documents/...UG2012_WEB.pdf
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    tree strap length ?

    Tree strap length depends on where you live. I'm in the NW and often need 8 feet. Was recently on a hike in old growth rain forest where 8 feet wasn't enough and wished I had 12.

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    I started with 8 ft. tree straps but found them to be excessive for the Northeast. I've hammock camped from VA to upstate NY and we did such a fine job of clearcutting the East Coast last century that I just don't see many trees that warrant anything more than 4 ft. straps. I carry a couple of continuous loops to extend the tree huggers on the rare occasion I hang from a larger tree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    I started with 8 ft. tree straps but found them to be excessive for the Northeast. I've hammock camped from VA to upstate NY and we did such a fine job of clearcutting the East Coast last century that I just don't see many trees that warrant anything more than 4 ft. straps. I carry a couple of continuous loops to extend the tree huggers on the rare occasion I hang from a larger tree.
    I dunno about that - I have 5' straps that just barely make it around a couple of the maples in my yard. Though in the pine barrens of South Jersey I've never come close to maxing out my straps.
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    I had strapWorks or something like that make me a set 1&1/2" wide by 6' long with 2" loops on each end. I installed 6' whoopie s & carry another set of 6' whoopies. Living & camping in TN, I have yet to need the extra whoopies.

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    I've settled on 8' and just let the extra hang and tie it up in a slippery half hitch to keep it off the ground. Better of have the extra if needed - and I haven't needed it yet - but I'm ready!

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    My wife and I carry 6' straps, but sometimes they're just not quite long enough. Since we use Dutch Clips, it's very easy to extend the straps with another small section, so we each carry an extra 3' section.

    Dutch also just came out with his G Clips, which are adjustable. They're pretty sweet, I'd recommend checking them out - http://dutchwaregear.com/g-clip.html. I picked up a set to try out, can't wait for them to arrive!
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