The one I built used the large aluminum gear rings from REI on one end and a
small ring as you described on the other. I just sewed them on with a loop
and bar tack. I used 2" polypro webbing because is is lighter, hydrophobic,
and has minimum stretch. The small ring would pass through the large ring. I
used two Kong medium sized gear caribiners on the hammock so I could just
clip it on the rings.
To adjust it I just kept sliding the strap around the tree like a barber
pole. I was using it on a Hennessy so it didn't have to be super tight. My
weight caused the strap to bight on the tree.
The only problem I had was with pine trees. The pine pitch made it mildly
difficult to "barber pole" the strap around the tree due to it's stickiness.
Unfortunately, pine trees are what we have most...lol.
But it does definitely work well for someone as lazy as I am.... ;o)
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From: David Chinell [mailto:dchinell@...
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2005 1:40 PM
Subject: [Hammock Camping] Adjustable knotless hanging
This is a report on a hanging system I tried out over the
weekend. It will work if your hammock is bound with rope,
and probably if it's bound with straps (though I haven't
actually tried that yet). You can make this with no sewing
or tools, and it allows easy adjustment of the hang without
You need four steel rings for the adjustable buckles. The
kind I got were described as 4 mm x 25 mm. That's 1 inch in
diameter, with about 5/32-inch thick wire. They're welded
You need two 1-inch straps for tree huggers, each 8 feet
long. I used polyester, but anything that will hold 600
pounds will work. Next time I think I'll use 10-foot lengths
to allow for more variation in trunk thickness.
Attach a pair of rings to each end of your hammock, six to
twelve inches from the end of the hammock material. This
forms the adjustable buckle on each end. The hammock I used
had 3/16-inch cord at the ends, so I just passed this
through the rings and over into a lark's head. Any method of
containing the rings loosely in a loop of your hammock cord
or strap will work.
Prepare the straps for use as tree-huggers. Create a 2-inch
loop in one end by tying a water knot or a simple overhand
knot on a bight.
Pass the loop end of the strap around the tree, pass the
free end through the loop, and tighten the strap around the
tree. You can take up excess slack using multiple turns
around the trunk.
Pass the strap through the buckles, just as you would for a
double-D-ring belt buckle. (Up through both rings, over the
top ring, then back out through the bottom ring.) Slide the
straps in the buckles to adjust the hammock.
That's all there is to it.
The system can be made with no sewing or tools. It uses a
minimum amount of strapping but gets the maximum
adaptablility for trunk thickness. The adjusting rings act
as drip rings, and are positioned the same distance from the
hammock end every time. This means you can guarantee that
they'll land under your tarp, no matter how far apart the
It's always a thrilling moment when I first creak down into
a newly-tied hanging system. The first time I sat into this
one, one end slid almost entirely out, stopped only by the
slight bump at the end of the strap where I heat-seamed it
after cutting it. After that, I paid attention to how the
rings were tied, so as to allow them to move freely enough
to clamp down on the strapping. That fixed the problem.
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