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    i have a micro light hanging kit from byer of mane they are about 6 or 7 ft long and have kinda a marlin spick hitch thing u can rap woopies around fuly ajustable
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    My tree huggers are 6' and haven't been long enough to get all the way around a tree on a few occasions but I don't want to carry longer ones.

    My extenders are 6' amsteel with a fixed eye at each end. Carrying a pair of these I can usually find a way to make most any situation here in the northeast work.
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    I use 5' tree straps in the eastern US which I find is both adequate and about as big a tree as I can reach around. I also have 6' whoopies and 3' extenders, both made from 7/64" amsteel. This system work very well for me.

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    FWIW, I carry 8 foot tree straps. Sometimes I carry one 6 foot and one 8 foot. Be advised that a strap loses about a foot for sewing loops on the end. In other words, an 8 foot strap is about 7 feet in length after sewing loops...clear??? While that's too long most of the time, there are enough times when I'm working with a 2 foot or more diameter tree (big pine or maple or ash) that the extra length is handy.

    When I have needed an extender (using 5 or 6 foot tree straps), a looped length of 7/64" Amsteel has been the field fix as an extender.

    I have 6' Whoopie Slings and they've been long enough...mostly overly long.
    Last edited by beep; 06-17-2011 at 14:36.
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    I usually carry one tree strap that's a foot or so longer than the other. Trees come in different sizes.

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    I have 5 ft tree straps. On my last trip they weren't long enough for many of the trees where I wanted to camp! I carry an extra 3 ft length of amstel that I used to extend their reach! I suppose I could have searched for a smaller tree, but I had found the perfect spot to hang and didn't want to settle for second best!

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    I carry 4 ft tree straps and 4 ft woopie sling extensioners. That gives me a total of 8 ft diameter which where I hang is plenty round enough. So it really comes down to how big are the tress you hang from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSawyer View Post
    You're in Davis, CA? Hike in the redwoods at all? I can just see one of us trying to find a tree strap long enough for a giant sequoia... The General Grant tree is only 107 feet in circumference...

    I'd get straps that are 2' longer than the circumference of the largest tree you expect to hang from...
    Again, sequoias are but one type of tree in the forest... there are plenty of smaller trees present in a sequoia forest. Hanging from a sequoia is a great way to be thrown out of the national park. (There are groves in national forest, but you don't want to hang from those either - be nice to the poor sequoia trees, hang from the pines and oaks.)

    Redwoods on the coast aren't sequoias. There are plenty of small ones.

    On the PCT south of Whitney there are miles of foxtail pines, which can easily be 5-15' in diameter - they are the only tree present. Most other forested subalpine areas there are a variety of pines and firs, ranging from 20' to 6" in diameter. Pines are frequently of the sort that shed side branches - so it's either the trunk of the tree or nothing.

    I'd get to know the area I'm going into before taking small straps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knotty View Post
    My tree huggers are 6' and haven't been long enough to get all the way around a tree on a few occasions but I don't want to carry longer ones.

    My extenders are 6' amsteel with a fixed eye at each end. Carrying a pair of these I can usually find a way to make most any situation here in the northeast work.
    Same here. My tree huggers are 6' and won't go around all the trees I hang from in the southeast. I carry one 4' Amsteel with fixed eyes. I hang my pack at convenient heights in camp with it, unless needed to extend a tree hugger.

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    Is it better to carry 8' webbing or is it better to carry amsteel extenders. How do you use these externders. Does anyone have a picture?

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