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    Help!!!!!!!! I lost my tree huggers and have a trip this weekend!

    Hey Y'all---------Ive got a situation..................some how during my last test hang, I lost my tree huggers. I've been all over the house and cant find them. (I have a vague memory of putting them some where "special") I have a trip planned this weekend-----(I use straps, marlinspike hitch and whoopies) Is there anything else I could use for tree huggers/straps? Like maybe some thing I have laying around the house? Has anyone ever successfuly used rope, with a pad to protect the trees? Any input will be greatly appreciated!
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    Steve do you have Harbor Freight up there? I got my strap from there. They are just 1500 pound tow straps without the cams. $10-ish
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    I agree on the harbor freight deal. and hey it happens to the best of us. I know ive lost mine a couple times but I always remember before I get off the trail
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    I misplaced mine right before a recent canoe trip. Ended up using the car roof rack straps with cam locks. Worked perfectly.
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    Easy. You can buy good straps at walmart or harbor freight. They often come with a ratchet and are used to secure things to the top of your car or onto a trailer etc. That webbing is exactly the stuff you need. Just take some of that webbing, cut two 7' or so lengths, and tie a water knot in each end. You can string one loop through the other and cinch it down to the tree pretty tightly.

    Alternatively, you can just use some cordage. With cordage though, I would advise you to double the length, fold it in half, and tie half hitches every 6" or so starting at the open end. Contrary to popular belief, these don't really hurt trees. They are easy to use too, just throw it around the tree and string the knotted end through the loopy end and put the loop behind whatever knot is closest to the tree. Using these things and some carabiners, it takes less than a minute to set up a hammock from start to finish.

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    I have used 7/64th Amsteel and I put sticks in-between it and the tree! If I remember I spaced them about like every 4" or so, just make sure that you don't use rotten wood, and I found that they worked best when they were one inch or greater in size!

    Or,

    You could go to Walmart and get a pair of ratchet straps!?
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    If you order a set of tree huggers from any of our cottage vendors today, you should easily get them in a couple of days. Might as well get the proper ones and support our hammock forum vendors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianWillan View Post
    If you order a set of tree huggers from any of our cottage vendors today, you should easily get them in a couple of days. Might as well get the proper ones and support our hammock forum vendors.

    Cheers

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    +1. I keep seeing people complimenting vendors on their fast shipping. I've seen people get stuff in two days within the U.S. Might as well order new ones and if they don't show up in time go to your local store and get some tow straps as suggested.
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    Thanks for all the great advice! You guys are the best!
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    if all else fails.... sacrifice a seat belt for the cause lol.....

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