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    Substitute tree huggers?

    I've got a HH and I know next to nothing about the hanging lifestyle. That being said, I've set my hammock up in the woods near my house and spent only 1 night in it. Slept like a log. Anyway, I've tied bowlines in the suspension lines at each end of the hammock, hooked lightweight caribiners into the bowlines, and used 1" polypropylene straps like those that kayakers use to tie their boats on top of vehicles. Polypro doesn't stretch, the cam buckles make getting the correct tension a piece of cake, and I can use a long strap ( 9',12' ) and just wrap it around a given tree any number of times to increase the wear area on the tree so that it doesn't tear up any bark. Hook the 'biners into the webbing, pull on the loose end through the buckle, and adjust for the tension I want.
    Seems like a simple solution to this rookie. What am I missing?

    Oak

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    Senior Member NCPatrick's Avatar
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    Sounds pretty much like what we're doing with the descending rings or cinch buckles, and straps. Great minds think alike I guess.

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    Senior Member Lone Wolf's Avatar
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    A cold beverage and a cool breeze. I have used my yak straps for additional length as well. I tie a 1/2 hitch at the cam buckle in the event the strap might slip. The knot wont go through the cam even if gives out. Not sure if the 1/2 hitch would go through, but is a piece of mind.

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