1295Re: Hammock Camping "Tree-Hugger" Straps...
- May 5, 2003I just got back from a camping trip to St Augustine, Fl. We were in
the most beautiful tropical jungle, surrounded by pine, live oak, and
tons of ground cover.
While my wife was setting up the inside of the camper, I was busy
selecting trees for the hammock. I had my tree-hugger straps out,
and had the hammock slung over my shoulders when the ranger came by.
The first thing he said to me was not, "welcome to Florida," but "You
are not allowed to attach anything to any of the trees." They have
effectively banned setting up hammocks.
I was disappointed, since I'd just found the perfect pair of trees,
but I wasn't stopped completely. I'd brought bamboo supports with
me, so I used them instead of the trees. If everyone went to non-
destructive tree-huggers, they might lift the ban.
I used to do a lot of caving, and made most of my own climbing gear.
We used to buy two inch poly webbing that was rated at around 6000
lbs breaking strength. (Basically seat belt material) We also would
get three inch webbing every once in a while. We would use it for leg
loops, which are much more comfortable than two inch loops, and also
A properly sewn three inch wide, three foot long strap, with loops at
each end would be secure, and incredibly strong. You can also find
three inch wide cargo and two strap webbing that's rated 20,000 lbs,
with basically no streach at our level of use.
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