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    I hate Tree Huggers

    Set up two hammocks last nite during an overniter. Was tired and had some issues with finding suitable trees. I realize there are other alternatives to tree huggers, but have not decided on that. I believe something in the future will be just right. I used one tree hugger on one hammock and just went without the huggers on the rest. You cant adjust with this method but it sure makes life easier if you tie it off at the right spot. Dont have to worry about tree thickness as much either. There was no more damage to the trees than with the huggers but I realize this might not be always true. Just a thought........
    "Every day above ground is a good day"

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    i`m not sure i`m following you fanatic. were you using a HH, & just used the stock rope that comes on the HH to tie off?
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Straps are the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    i`m not sure i`m following you fanatic. were you using a HH, & just used the stock rope that comes on the HH to tie off?
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    Last edited by FanaticFringer; 12-17-2006 at 20:46.
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    hear hear!

    I have to second the "I hate tree huggers" motion.
    They get gross pretty fast in this part of canada. Gummy and nasty.
    Other than extending the max pitch distance on the HH... dont have much
    use. Just dead weight. I never use em. In fact not sure I even own them
    anymore. Might have one kicking around somewhere.
    Stock spectra around the tree. No biners, no fancy webbing, no added weight.

    I did however purchase just today some SUL climbing biners to explore a pitch
    similar to Blackbishops. So Im not dead set in my ways. Ive just found little
    use for the treehuggers or other fancy gizmos up to now.

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    I agree. I went to straps and love them. Plus I have 2 less things to keep track of.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
    The hanger formly known as "hammock engineer".

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    I think the only way I can be happy w/my huggers is by using two biners with them. So far so good, but I have to agree, I didn't really care for the stock HH tree huggers/spectra set-up.
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    Straps

    I too have made a homemade hammock out of wallyworld cheap fabric, but at this point I'm just experimenting. I found some 1 inch strap in a bargain bin at a fabric warehouse for $.10 a yard. Yes, $.10 a yard. I hung my hammock by overlapping the strap each time around the tree, and it has held me very snugly with no slippage. Very easy to tie off, also. And it stores very nicely. No ropes, just the strap at 12 feet each end. And it only weighs 3 ounces. Also, I made an SPE from cheap fabric and a wallyworld blue pad, and with a 20 degree bag I slept outside the other night @ 32 degrees and was very comfortable all night. My whole setup, with the hammock, straps, ridgeline, and storage bag weigh just 17 ounces. Now I'm going to do the whole thing over in a lighter fabric and should be able to shave a little more weight and gain strength. Then again, this one is very comfortable.

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    welcome gypsy... just beware of the webbing from wal-mart. check out message # 12 in the homemade gear thread, "wal-mart lottery".
    about using the stock spectra rope that comes on the HH, or other rope... there`s been quite a bit of discussion about that on the hammockcamping yahoo group.
    most hammockers agree that ropes will be far more likely to leave marks on the tree`s bark.
    not only do we want to reduce the chance of damaging the trees we like to hang on, but there`s the whole issue of hammock use being accepted in state park, etc.
    might be a good discussion here. ...tim
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    I weigh around 160lbs and wonder how much more potential damage, if any, someone weighing say over 200lbs would do to tree bark.
    "Every day above ground is a good day"

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