Garda Hitch and the HH Exped...Safe?
I purchased rings for my suspension today in my quest for easier adjustability.
Set everything up in the backyard and it works great! Then I read a few old threads about the Garda hitch weakening the rope. The HH Expedition uses heavy polyester rope, will it be ok over time using the Garda hitch?
"Hangnouts" picture in post #11 in this thread looks ideal. Using just the biner to achieve the same thing as the hitch looks too good to be true. Does anyone still use this system?
I met up with a local forum member (jefftrex) for an overnight test hang that got aborted (long story). Anyway, he used a garda hitch setup with 2 descending rings attached to an Amsteel continuous loop (or AHE chain link) on each end of the hammock. He didn't want to remove the stock ropes from his Hennessy Hammock. His impression of it was that it worked great in the initial adjustment department, but he found it to be a real pain to undo after it had been weighted overnight. He eventually swapped that out for a set of whoopie slings.
Originally Posted by bcaron
I use a single ring on my HH, which I think Grizz calls a "sliding ring." It allows very easy set up at only 22 grams of extra weight, but as Brian pointed out the knot can be stubborn at times. As I learned to make the hitch better it bound-up far less frequently.
Here is a video of the sliding ring at 1:47:
My only variation is that I don't use the Marling Spike, but simply run the cord through the loop in the webbing and back to the ring.
Last edited by trekkingnut; 07-08-2010 at 14:12.
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