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    How about change bridge bar to guy line, attached to suspension rope?

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    Here's an idea clove hitch the rope around both trees that way the rope is fixed I.e. Each of the two free ends of the rope is secured in a manner where you cound hang off one side without needing your partner as a counterbalance

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuckerFactor View Post
    I feel the need to say something about this. I'm not calling you out, Timberrr, I just want to help everyone to be as educated as possible.
    Many trees are different, but in general, the opposite is actually true. Thicker bark, whether it is soft or hard (think most pines, or most oaks) will actually cushion and spread out the force.
    Thinner barked trees such as Bald Cypress, Beech, White Pine, and many Maples, while the bark may be harder, is still very thin, and can't cushion the force much at all.
    That said, there are many variables. On many Oak trees, I wouldn't hesitate to use a cord around the trunk if I was in a bind, because of their thick, ridged bark. I try not to hang on White Pine or Red Maple, even with tree huggers, because of how thin their bark is. As an arborist, I have debarked whole sections of branch while standing in a crotch and just shifting my body weight! It doesn't happen that bad all the time, but it is a fairly common thing to inadvertently scrape some bark off of the inside of a crotch while pruning a Maple or Bradford Pear or White Pine.

    Hopefully my rambling has made some sense, and I apologize if I sound critical. I only hope to educate so we can avoid hurting a tree through lack of knowledge.

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    PF you are correct to one of the variables which is the different thickness' of the bark but I think that the other More factor of what you are specifically talking about with the maples is the time of year that you are in the trees. In the spring all bark is more lose and easy to separate from the wood because of the new growth. It certainly not all year around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsjustbusiness999 View Post
    Here's an idea clove hitch the rope around both trees that way the rope is fixed I.e. Each of the two free ends of the rope is secured in a manner where you cound hang off one side without needing your partner as a counterbalance
    This approach, or using branches on each side of the tree is always the first choice, but we're not always (actually, not usually) lucky enough to get two properly spaced, healthy trees of sufficient girth. The idea of the hanger bar is to give us the right distance between the hammocks that the tree trunks and branches can't.
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    So many trees, so little time...
    We follow where the Swamp Fox guides,
    His friends and merry men are we;
    And when the troop of Tarleton rides,
    We burrow in the cypress tree.
    The turfy hammock is our bed,
    Our home is in the red deer's den,
    Our roof, the tree-top overhead,
    For we are wild and hunted men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuckerFactor View Post
    I feel the need to say something about this. I'm not calling you out, Timberrr, I just want to help everyone to be as educated as possible.
    Hey, no worries! I found this very helpful.
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    So many trees, so little time...
    We follow where the Swamp Fox guides,
    His friends and merry men are we;
    And when the troop of Tarleton rides,
    We burrow in the cypress tree.
    The turfy hammock is our bed,
    Our home is in the red deer's den,
    Our roof, the tree-top overhead,
    For we are wild and hunted men.

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    This allows 2 hammocks to hang from same tree...although there is obviously shifting when one gets out of their hammock. I'm also interested in someone coming through with an easy, good method for hanging 2 hammocks together. Field test it and then let us know how it goes and what changes need to be made. http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...eader+hammocks

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    Quote Originally Posted by DivaB View Post
    I'm also interested in someone coming through with an easy, good method for hanging 2 hammocks together. Field test it and then let us know how it goes and what changes need to be made.
    Field testing is planned for early Fall. (when the temps start to get below 80 at night)
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    So many trees, so little time...
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    His friends and merry men are we;
    And when the troop of Tarleton rides,
    We burrow in the cypress tree.
    The turfy hammock is our bed,
    Our home is in the red deer's den,
    Our roof, the tree-top overhead,
    For we are wild and hunted men.

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    Completely understand that one!

    Quote Originally Posted by Timberrr View Post
    Field testing is planned for early Fall. (when the temps start to get below 80 at night)

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    If you use something the size of a jumbo mayan hammock, it easily fits two people side by side with extra hammock dividing between them...So it acts like two hammocks close together. To avoid shoulder-to-shoulder conflicts, sleep head-to-toe.

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    OK...with the understanding that I'm completely daft...

    Rather than tie the bar tightly to the tree to keep it from spinning under uneven weights distribution, and potentially shred the tree because of the amount of force that would be needed to stabilize the bar, wouldn't it be simpler to add four short poles with a "Y" on the top to put the outside limbs of the bar into to stabilize it?

    You may end up with some holes in the ground...not sure if you could find a way to keep them from digging in unless you had some sort of platform underneath the ends of the poles to disperse the weight.

    They'd also have to be sturdy enough to support the weight of the hangers.

    They'd also have to be carried in and out, along with the bars and whatever you put under them to disperse the weight on the ground.

    But that seems like a better plan that potentially damaging the trees.

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