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    Senior Member Rug's Avatar
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    While I agree that 'pacing sucks' I find it 100% effective for me.
    1 'giant step' = ~1 meter = ~3.3 feet

    5 giant steps = ~15'-16' = perfect hang.

    I do this simply because i do not own hiking poles, or I would use Grizzs' method. It feels odd goose-stepping around trees in the bush, but it works good enough,
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    I heel-toe it, my shod foot is almost exactly 12", yeah it sux and I look like an idiot, but it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hiker_DC View Post
    Two of my average steps is 5 feet.
    +1 to that method. It's quick, reliable and I don't have to worry about pulling a muscle stepping off the "giant" steps. The suspension system is flexible to a degree. Make sure to check for window makers and girth of the trees.

    They have done studies on this... and 60% of the time it works all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redhawktx View Post
    I usually pick two trees that look about right and run a ridge line between them. I then put my tarp over the ridgeline and find out they are two close together. Next I curse quietly to myself so as not to offend anyone camping close by and then pick two more trees. I repeat this process until I locate two trees that are an appropriate distance apart. This method has never failed me.
    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    I too have found this to work 100% of the time
    You two have been lucky, so far. One day ....

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    I look for 2 trees that look close to the right distance, back up against one & if it's 7 to 11 steps to the next, I look for widow-makers & set up camp. I don't mind the pacing & It's 100% right the first time. If I'm JUST setting up the hammock, I can usually "Eyeball it" as the hammock only needs about 10' But my tarp needs a minimum of 14' & for some reason I can almost never get that right just by looking, so I'd rather pace it off than use redhawktx's method,,,,, as fun as that is.

    I should add that, the more I set up, the better I'm getting at Eyeballing the distance, but I still step it off, as that takes only a few seconds & tying up the tarp then having to take it down & find another site takes much longer.
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    First I eye ball for trees that look about the right distance apart. Then a cursory glance upwards and around to look for the dreaded widow maker. Finally I'll pace the trees, if it's 6 paces it's perfect, 7 or 8 paces I can make it work, 9-10 paces is getting to the limits of my rig.

    Luckily I'm pretty good at eyeballing distances.
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    I can eyeball pretty well, but I still go over there and push on the trees and look for widowmakers and poison ivy and other nasties (hornet nests, etc) and pace off around 7 -9 paces. I'll also look for 'nice to haves' too -- good views, which way the sun will come up, which way the breezes might come from, extra shelter from wind or rain, etc.


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    I drew this up a while back, hopefully it is helpful. My solution: Three paces, reach, hang. Give it a try.

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=20780

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    Note: a "Step" is move ONE foot forward (Usually about 2' for a 5' 7" person), a "Pace" is 2 steps Starting (for example) by stepping out with your right foot, & the "Pace" ends when you are standing on your Left foot & are about 4' from your starting point. The distances are a rough average, & if you are pacing or stepping for actual measured distance, it would be a good idea to measure your steps & paces several times. Mine are actually 2' & 4' respectively, with about a 3" to 4" variance per step, depending on how tired I am & terrain & stuff.
    When you have a backpack on, no matter where you are, you’re home.
    PAIN is INEVITABLE. MISERY is OPTIONAL.

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    holy moly,
    I just hang the stinkin hammock. no secret pacing, or handshakes

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