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    Tree strap length for the Sierras

    I'm looking for suggestions for tree strap + extension lengths that would work well in the Sierras. I would like to find a good balance between keeping the weight down and not using a lot of sticks as a buffer for the extensions.

    From searching past topics, I've seen responses from 6' to 15' straps, so I'm not really sure what to make of it.

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    i made mine to fit the trees in the area that i live and do most my camping, mine ended up about 7' long, i would assume you have an idea of how big the trees are where your going, so just go with whatever length you need for there

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    Most of the straps that we do for the Sierras and cascades are around 15'. On occasion we have folks go as high as 20 per side but that's getting pretty big and if you look around you can usually find smaller trees. I think that most folks will find that with a little looking you can find trees that will work with straps around 12'.
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    Just don't hang in the old growth.

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    Ok it sounds like I should plan for a strap + extension total length between 12' to 15'. I also plan on using a whoopie sling, so I could use part of that as an extension if needed.

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    I've had sugar pines to deal with - one end will have all but a foot of a 15' strap used up, the other will have plenty of play. Just depends on where you are. If hiking southern JMT, you can count on some miles where all you will find are foxtail pines, and need 15' unless you are willing to walk around a lot to find smaller ones.

    I am probably ordering some amsteel to make extenders now that I am converted to whoopie slings. Two 10' straps and a couple of 6' extenders are a good compromise.

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    I hang in the sierras almost every other week. I use 6 footers and carry a few 1 foot continuous loops of amsteel. Only once, maybe twice have I had to use them and only then because I was trying to hang 3 hammocks in the same area. There are lots of trees to choose from in those woods I really don't think it's as much of a problem that a one or two extensions couldn't readily fix.

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