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    Freshly hung in Oregon

    This season, I decided to try the hammock thing. I picked up an ENO lightweight model at REI and brought it with me on my section-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in southern Oregon the second weekend in June. There was more snow than usual, but that's a different story.
    Anyway, the first night, I discovered that using it has a fair learning curve. I'd bought about 50 ft. of tent guy-line and used that to hang the hammock. I was a little concerned about it supporting my weight. What do y'all use to hang y'all's hammocks?
    After entering the hammock--which was tricky given that I also had to enter my sleeping bag, too--my rear end was touching the ground. What have y'all found to be the optimal height for hanging a hammock? What should I expect the line tension to be?

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    Welcome to the HF from Canada!

    For hanging there are a number of items but polyester straps and Amsteel Blue rope (both over 1500 break strength) are very common methods. Take a look at the suspension forum here for some ideas and check out dejoha's hammock sheets for excellent overviews.
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    Senior Member timabababaluka's Avatar
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    Welcome to the forum! GrizzlyAdams has a 3 part video series on hammock suspension systems in the stickies section (top part) of the suspension forum. Here is a link to part 1: http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=8843

    I consider this the authoritative guide to how to get your hammock up in the air--covers the three main mediums (rope, webbing, and constrictors), and gives you the pro's and con's of each. INCREDIBLY helpful because a person could read for months with all the available info on this forum and still be no closer to a solution

    You live in a beautiful neck of the woods to be hanging. I lived in various parts of Oregon for a couple of years--loved it.

    Again, welcome to the forum! Hope to hear all about your future adventures
    You're gonna need a bigger hammock

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    Welcome

    Welcome! Check out this site http://www.whoopieslings.com These will make your life easier! Otherwise, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iJTj...B240765B6BECBC if Knots are your thing. Good luck. Check my stuff out http://www.youtube.com/user/Fishpig65?feature=mhee

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailZombie View Post
    This season, I decided to try the hammock thing. I picked up an ENO lightweight model at REI and brought it with me on my section-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in southern Oregon the second weekend in June. There was more snow than usual, but that's a different story.
    Anyway, the first night, I discovered that using it has a fair learning curve. I'd bought about 50 ft. of tent guy-line and used that to hang the hammock. I was a little concerned about it supporting my weight. What do y'all use to hang y'all's hammocks?
    After entering the hammock--which was tricky given that I also had to enter my sleeping bag, too--my rear end was touching the ground. What have y'all found to be the optimal height for hanging a hammock? What should I expect the line tension to be?
    Welcome!
    If you can make it to the Hang at the end of the month i'm sure you can see tons of ideas, learn a bunch and have helpful people that can help you re rig your setup.

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    Welcome aboard fom Florida. See you've recieved your homework suggestions, quiz at the next hang.
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    Senior Member EricFromPortland's Avatar
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    Welcome from Portland, pull a seat up to the fire.

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    Welcome from MN. I would recommend checking out shugs videos. They have a ton of useful info for people just getting started.

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=15516

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    Moderator raiffnuke's Avatar
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    Welcome to HF from Mass.

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