After I got my new NX-250, and reading about all the super nifty Whoopie Slings, tree straps, assorted hardware both simple and somewhat troublesome, biners , buckles, wingers, ringers, and flim flam magic whing dingers, I am going back to the simplicity and total reliability of the original equipment Clark stock ropes and drip rings. The rope is soft enough that there is no worry about tree bark damage, even with the Quaking Aspen, which has a very tender bark. Care is required, of course, but that applies to anything used. Utilizing the drip rings as a trucker's hitch for adjustment in the way Clark recommends could not possibly be any simpler. Yes the rope is a little heavier than a Whoopie Sling, but after adding tree straps, carabiners (or even the magical and lovable Dutch Biner), some sort of drip preventer, etc. the weight difference becomes pretty small, and the simplicity goes WAY up. I'm pretty simple, as well, so it suits my style well. I admit it is still fun playing with all the different ways and methods of supporting and adjusting hammocks, and I won't stop that, but for ruggedness, reliability, dependability, and simplicity, the stock Clark ropes and rings are for me. That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!!