Right. Climbing stands cause far more visible damage to trees than hanging a rope. Not to mention deer, bears and such mark and rub trees that tear bark off. Its my believe that hammock suspension isn't hurting the tree. Most trees are very resilient and these marks are superficial. The tree straps are more for the benefit of hangers who are trying to set a good example and become more accepted as a nature friendly option. Shortly said - tree huggers are really for people, not trees.
Originally Posted by Riverpirate
That's my opinion at least. And I do agree that tree huggers are probably the best option and that it is important to make a good name for ourselves. Right now I'm trying out amsteel with fish tubing to see how that works. I saw someone post a combination of webbing and amsteel which I thought was smart. That way you have tree protection in combo with a variety of tree diameters to hang from, and some weight savings.
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