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    What easy to release, non slipping knot do you use when hanging your hammock?

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    well, using triangle buckles means i really "don't" have to tie a knot, but i still back up that piece of equipment with a slippery half hitch. if it's the only means of holding up your hammock i don't recommend it...

    http://www.oktroop17.org/knots/Slippery_Half_Hitch.html

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    I use marlin spike hitches in my tree straps and slide my homemade whoopie slings over the marlin spike hitches.

    For my tarp, I use a continuous ridge line with two alpine butterfly loops (non-slipping mid-line loops) located just outside the center of the ridge line that the tarp occupies. I use these alpine butterfly loops as the first half of trucker's hitches to the trees. I finish the trucker's hitches with two slippery half hitches. The trucker's hitches create a triangle for my hammock's suspension to pass through.

    All the knots are very dependable and pull out with just a tug (except the alpine butterflies--which I leave permanently set.) Hope this helps!!! Sounds complicated when you write it all out!
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    The Hennessy figure eight lashing is easy once you've tried it and can always be released no matter how heavily loaded.
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    +1 for msh with toggles and whoopies on my wbbb and grand trunk ul. easy to release! :-)
    on my hennessy i use a garda hitch on the line and a biner on the tree huggers. i did the figure eight before that. planning to do a whoopie conversion one day.

    on my tarp rl i use a grapple hitch. since my last trip i started using exped 'self tensioners (a knot bone). they are attached to the ridge line w/ grapple hitches too.

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    Marlin spike for the tree straps and the tautline hitch for the tarp.
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    knots that I like for hammocking that are easy to undo and don't slip

    strap around tree: round turn and two half hitches, second hitch a slipped hitch generally but not necessarily; or a sewn loop on the end of the strap and feed other end through the loop

    line to ring: buntline hitch

    strap to ring: girth hitch - easy to adjust and untie - loosen by pushing the strap into the ring

    line loop (WS) to strap: marlinspike hitch

    line to stake (tarp tie outs): wrap line around spike about 10 times - note I use gutter spikes for stakes that have a rough surface, also other end of line is attached to tarp with a tautline hitch for adjustments (generally left in place so no need to untie)

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    I use Niteize Figure 9

    Just the standard ones not the ones with the clips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel Panic View Post
    Just the standard ones not the ones with the clips.
    Danger Will Robinson!

    Nite-ize figure 9's aren't rated for hammock suspension. Due to the designed in safety factor the large ones will usually hold but they are also very hard on the ropes.
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