View Poll Results: How long are your suspension straps including tree huggers

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    Senior Member TinaLouise's Avatar
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    straps close to 15 foot each. Most of the time I'm wrapping extra around the tree. Went on a kayak trip a couple of weeks ago and one of the trees I had to use was hu-mong-gus!! (and naturally covered with poisen ivy) That night I could only wish I had more strap and hope that going around it only once would hold till the next morning. ClumseyBear was also using the same central tree and I guess was having the same thoughts as me about falling in the middle of the night. Found out the next morning that for added insurance, she had hooked her set up to my strap!! Wouldn't we have been in a pretty pickle if one of us had slipped during the night. That tree was so big that usually when I'm on a tree that someone else is using too, I can feel the tree move when that person moves. We both couldn't move that tree!!! I'm thinking about changing one of my straps to be a little longer than the other.

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    I'm in the southeast. My straps are now 9' long.

    I'm short at 5', so I would really have trouble using trees far apart, since I can only reach up so high.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perkolady View Post
    I'm in the southeast. My straps are now 9' long.

    I'm short at 5', so I would really have trouble using trees far apart, since I can only reach up so high.....
    Just a thought... could you use a hiking pole to nudge 'em higher?
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    I just ordered the Strapworks 1" poly seatbelt webbing simple sling with 3" loops, at 30feet long. I guess that means my straps are going to be right at 15' each. (I know, I don't actually have them yet, but they're mostly mine) Already ordered carabiners, just need to find those $(*%$($#$% SMC rings somewhere reasonably priced.

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    I'm using two nylon straps at 15' long each - hand sewen loops at one end of each strap. I intend to replace them with poly eventually.

    I might shorten them a bit; but, will try them long for awhile until I have more experience,, its always easier to cut them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frawg View Post
    Just a thought... could you use a hiking pole to nudge 'em higher?
    That's an idea! I will have to give that a try out back in the yard. That way, if I can't get them down, I can at least grab a ladder, LOL!

    Thanks for the suggestion!

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    I'v been using 42" and 60" Harbor Freight huggers. Also have strapworks 1" and 1.5" seat belt huggers which are, I think 6'.

    Like AngrySparrow, I've been toying with Turk's method of using rope huggers. The more I use the method, the better I like it. I'm getting the same results as Turk and AngrySparrow on various trees - no damage done to the tree.

    My rope huggers are made from AS-78 and use a 2" steel toggle in place of the stick in the Marlin Spike that I use on webbing huggers. The huggers are Whoopie Slings made from 13' 3" rope and the finished hugger is 70+" and so can handle a tree up to 1' 10" diameter. Can be easily extended to handle a greater diameter. Rope to extend the rope huggers is light at 0.80 oz per 10' and the 10' extension would increase the usable tree diameter by slightly over 3'.

    I find that with practice, I'm getting better at Turk's method and so am seriously considering making it my hugger method of choice. Less bulk and less weight. My 60" Harbor Freight huggers weigh 3.35 oz for the pair. My longer AS-78 huggers weigh 2.4 oz for the pair and are less than half the bulk of the webbing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeDee View Post
    ..Like AngrySparrow, I've been toying with Turk's method of using rope huggers. The more I use the method, the better I like it. I'm getting the same results as Turk and AngrySparrow on various trees - no damage done to the tree...

    ...I find that with practice, I'm getting better at Turk's method and so am seriously considering making it my hugger method of choice. Less bulk and less weight...
    Do post any tips you come up with for using the sticks.

    I'm still using different stick diameters and trying it on various bark types. Still no visible damage after hanging for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angrysparrow View Post
    Do post any tips you come up with for using the sticks.

    I'm still using different stick diameters and trying it on various bark types. Still no visible damage after hanging for a while.
    First tip: find as many sticks with forks. The forks make it even easier to keep things in place

    Also, try to keep the stick diameter fairly consistent. Sticks that are too much smaller tend to just fall out for me.

    Rough bark, like pines, is easier for me. Smooth bark takes more patience and practice.
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    Mule, I don't think you ever told us how long yours are now.

    Most of my straps are 7'.

    Tonight I'm hanging in a county park and the only close trees were 22' apart. I pushed the straps way up the tree with a stick. They're probably 10 feet up now.
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