13935Re: hammock support lines
- Jun 1, 2006I use 1.5 inch webbing for my hammock. There is gonna be some "damage"
no matter what you do.
Here's what I think: the last tornado that came throught town did a
whole lot more damage to trees than I ever could. If you look at the
number of trees destoryed by hurricanes, earthquakes, floods,
droughts, lightning, thunderstorms, tornados, tsunamis, etc, those
natural disasters have probably done a million times more damage to
trees than the entire hammock hanger population world wide.
So if a little bark falls off, big deal. Once another tornado hits my
little town that tree might not be there.
--- In email@example.com, "tim garner" <slowhike@...> wrote:
> yeah, there`s been quite a bit of talk here & on other backpacking
> groups/sites about tree damage. others here can do a better job of
> explaining the in`s & out`s of it, but here`s what i`ve gathered so
> the damage will vary from one kind of tree to another (like a
> smooth bark beech or a rough bark pine). and then there are differant
> kinds & thickness` of rope.
> some bark could probably take it with-out any sign of damage,
> especialy not anything that would show up as a problem for quite some
> time. but even though a hammock gives us a lot of freedom in where we
> sleep, the best place we find our hammock for the night may be using
> trees with thin bark.
> it seems a much better idea to err on the side of caution,
> especialy when we`re encouraging others to try hammocking & some of
> those folks may not know any differance from one tree to another.
> and some of them probably wont care. so it`s better to encourage
> the use of a flat webbing tree hugger or the hollowbraid rope like
> dave & several of us are using (being hollow, it flatens out when
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