I was just guessing on the folds and they are about 2 inches each
and I did make sure they ended up pointing up at the first and last
fold. To make the rabbit ears I am guessing you mean pulling the
outside fabric which is not in a fold really as it is the last one
and already pointing up up a little more before running my hand down
the folds before making the knot. I used a basic ovehead knot. In
fact I have Ed's book but havent cracked it in sevaral months, not
sure where it is right now. As for the ropes I agree, straps are
probably easier on the trees but I have been using the same tree now
for over three years for a lots of overnight test, starting with my
Original HH and I can not tell I by looking that I have ever used
these same trees over and over. But looking at the ground you can
tell it is a regular campsite. I have never even built a fire here.
My other camping spot down by the creek is the same way but I have a
fire ring built. But I use the one closser to the house more
because I can hike down to it at bedtime easier. Of course with the
HH Expedition I have tree hugger straps but not for the HH Original
which was my only hammock for over 2 years. One thing that helps is
to make several wraps around the tree before tying off the knot.
One thing for sure, with my 20 ft ropes I will be making lots of
wraps on most trees. When I find some good webbing I may replace
the rope though. I can also always steal the tree huggers from my HH
is I need to and may make another set of them.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Rick <ra1@i...> wrote:
> Very cool Coy!
> I am 6 foot and ten feet of fabric is just about right for me. I
> usually have about 2 feet of the hammock between my head and the
> My feet are about a foot from the other knot when I am on my back.
> As for tying the knot, The easiest way is to fold accordion
style , but
> make sure that at the end, both ends point up (or both point
> the cloth by the pleat at the end and smooth the fabric down so
> pleats extend a couple feet. Then gather them all up in a "rope-
> bundle and tie the overhand knot. If you want to get a little
> pull up the two ends a couple inches like rabbit ears before tying
> When you can, I'd suggest going for the webbing solution for the
> ropes. They are just as light, but may be easier on the trees.
> I can't wait for the pictures.
> Coy wrote:
> >I went to town this morning and as usual stoped at Fants which
> >to be Hammers Dept store for anybody fimilar with them. As usual
> >spent some time looking over the camo clothing and boots. I
> >the salesman if they had any camo nylon. Didnt but he said thier
> >some cotton duck in the fabric department. Well I went to look
> >it and decidede it was to heavy and would probably absorb too
> >moisture etc. But I browes through the fabric and found som nylon
> >like purple stuff but it had a crinkly feel even thoug it was
> >and I could see righ through it. Looked might flimsy though. I
> >carried the bolt to the department lady and aske what it was.
> >thought it was rayon. Anyways it was $7.95 a yard. I really
> >to get enough for a double bottom but instead went for 10 feet.
> >found some 1/4 poly rope for $2.29 fo 50 feet. Now weight rating
> >given. But I decided to try it to. I hurried home and set about
> >folding the ends to tie the knot in the fabric. I must not have
> >perfect becaus when I hung it up one side was way looser than the
> >other. Is there a trick I am forgetting when folding up the
> >I am thinking that making the fold progressivly shorter or longer
> >til the middle is reached the finishin it by going back ti the
> >origionl fold width might be worth experimenting on. I'm
> >some of yall have already experimented. I also wonder if I did
> >tie the knot exactly the same (in orintation to the top) of the
> >hammock. But all is not lost. I can untie everything and start
> >over or leave it like it is. Why? Well when I hung it up the
> >side made a perfect seat. When I laid down in it I ras close to
> >edge but in no danger of falling out. I could see out the open
> >(long) side real good. the short side was almost a wall of
> >straight up but I could see through it pretty good too. I really
> >liked it as a seat. it did not cut into my legs like other
> >I have tried and the tall back made by the short side was perfect
> >lean back on. I was still pretty straight up. I could reach the
> >ground real easy and I can see cooking from the seat will be a
> >breeze. I was by myself but will try to get some photos of it in
> >action in a few days. I havent weighted it but I'm guessing it
> >not much over a pound with 20 foot ropes attached. BTW I may cut
> >them but I like hate it when I need long ropes and dont have
> >Needs a tarp and bug netting but for cold weather i need to make
> >pea pod. But that high back side will be a problem if i do. One
> >other thing. I may buid another and go with 12 foot length. I
> >broad shouldered and i think the extra lenght would make it
> >at the shoulders a little less.
> >Coy Boy
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