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    budget hanging kit?

    I just ordered a grand trunk ultralight hammock and it didn't include a hanging kit. What's a good set up to hang my hammock? I was thinking of getting 2 x 10' climbing rope since it can serve as another purpose if needed. Basically, I'm looking for whatevers effective, affordable, and light weight. Thanks.

    This is where I originally got the climbing rope idea from:
    http://youtu.be/ihyNZHk-jL4?t=1m31s
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    budget hanging kit?

    Climbing ropes are designed to stretch to help soften the brake in a fall. That's the opposite of what is desirable in a hammock suspension. Stretchy ropes will leave you in the ground by morning.

    Amsteel is the most popular choice for hammock ropes and 100% polyester (not stretchy nylon) for the tree straps.
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    Many of the vendors here offer kits for suspension gear. (Cough) But as MAD said climbing gear is not made for the same use and intention as hammock gear.
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    I was planning on getting static climbing ropes. Are they still that stretchy? I really don't weight much and just thought the climbing ropes would be helpful in another situation. I'll look into your suggestions though. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    Climbing ropes are designed to stretch to help soften the brake in a fall. That's the opposite of what is desirable in a hammock suspension. Stretchy ropes will leave you in the ground by morning.

    Amsteel is the most popular choice for hammock ropes and 100% polyester (not stretchy nylon) for the tree straps.
    Should I get a couple of these:
    http://www.amazon.com/Hammock-Whoopi...msteel+hammock

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    The Whoopies are for changing out the rope that is gathering the ends to make it more adjustable and it should have come with 2 hooks as well. You will need tree straps to go around the tree and then connect the Whoopies to or you can just hook what you have to it.
    I'm not familiar with that seller on Amazon. But if you'd like to support one of our vendors here on HF try Whooieslings.com, Arrowhead Equipment, Wilderness Logic's or Dutchware, etc.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.D. Cakes View Post
    The Whoopies are for changing out the rope that is gathering the ends to make it more adjustable and it should have come with 2 hooks as well. You will need tree straps to go around the tree and then connect the Whoopies to or you can just hook what you have to it.
    I'm not familiar with that seller on Amazon. But if you'd like to support one of our vendors here on HF try Whooieslings.com, Arrowhead Equipment, Wilderness Logic's or Dutchware, etc.....
    Oh ok. I wasn't set on ordering from amazon, just linking to see if that was the particular type of system MAD was talking about. I have no problem with supporting the vendors here if it falls into my budget. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyro0 View Post
    Oh ok. I wasn't set on ordering from amazon, just linking to see if that was the particular type of system MAD was talking about. I have no problem with supporting the vendors here if it falls into my budget. Thanks.
    You're off to a good start! Here's some vids to help you see how a lot of us do it. Shug is our own kind of hero around here!

    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...ad.php?t=15516
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    If you're more interested in shaving $ than oz then 1" wide tubular webbing (available lots of places for +/- $0.40/ft.) of sufficient length to wrap around your trees and attach to your hammock will work. I'm 315lbs (and decreasing) and it didn't stretch more than an inch or two over night when I was experimenting with it as an all-in-one suspension system. However, as several previous posters have stated, Amsteel Blue is currently the suspension material of choice for the DIYers and gram weenies, err... gear weight conscious forum members. Depending on the source, it's inexpensive (about $0.30/ft), has an insane strength to weight ratio, any stretch is negligible and it's laughably easy to work with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyro0 View Post
    No, you should order from AHE (cough)

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