Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: SW Idaho
Hammock: Black Bird 1.1 Dbl
Tarp: AHE Shangi La
Insulation: KAQ Prototype
Suspension: AHE Whoopie Slings
Yes, there are several reasons not to. It can damage the inner layers of the tree, evidence of which may not be visible for some time. This can put off land managers and add to the number of parks, rec areas, forests, and other lands that have banned the use of hammocks. Using a 1" or wider strap helps to distribute the load and shows good leave no trace practices.
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Abrasive on the amsteel as well.
I like mine non-shredded
In some mysterious way woods have never
seemed to me to be static things.
In physical terms, I move through them;
yet in metaphysical ones,
they seem to move through me. -
GA --> ME '12
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Hammock: WBBB 1.1DL Black & WBRR DL No-Net
Tarp: WB Camo Superfly
Insulation: WB Yeti & Mamba
Suspension: DIY DG Whoopies
Strange introduction, but whatever floats your boat! XD
Here a couple of articles in reference to protecting trees...
5 Ways We Harm Trees
Tree Damage Caused by Treehouse Building
Protecting Trees from Ropes
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Lakeland, Fl
Tarp: WL Tadpole
Insulation: WL SS UQ, DIY TQ
Suspension: UCR SLS
esog, welcome aboard. You have just learnt the first rule of Leave No Trace in hammock hanging. We want those trees to be there for future generations of hangers to utilize.
Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.