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3016Re: Tree De-Bending Technique

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  • Dave Womble
    Sep 25, 2003
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      Ed, that was it. I thought everyone else would appreciate knowing
      they had that option, especially when using the sidecar technique.

      Thanks,
      Dave

      --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Ed Speer" <info@s...> wrote:
      > OK, Dave you asked about my tree de-bending technique, so I've
      > started a new thread. I assume you're referring to the use of a
      > small tree, limb or large bush stem to tie the hammock to when more
      > suitably spaced supports are not available. But these weak
      supports
      > can bend excessively when the hammock is occupied and the rain
      canopy
      > may no longer be pitched tight or the hammock itself may hit the
      > ground. Of course, we're careful not to harm weak support trees or
      > brush, but help is available.
      >
      > It's often easy to reinforce an otherwise weak support by adding
      one
      > or more anchor lines from the weak support to a stronger support
      like
      > a larger tree, the well-anchored base of another small tree, a
      > suitable tree root, a large rock, etc. You can even drive sturdy
      > stakes into the ground to tie the anchor line/s to (locating anchor
      > stakes behind sturdy tree roots or rocks can increase their holding
      > power). In these cases, the small support tree or brush is
      prevented
      > from bending under the weight of the occupied hammock; however, the
      > support still has to be strong enough to take the vertical stress
      of
      > holding up the hammock. Of course, one needs suitable support
      lines,
      > like rope or webbing.
      >
      > Occassionally, I've been able to use the main webbing strap on my
      > hammock, tying it first to the small support, then having enough
      left
      > to now tie off again to a larger tree nearby. Here in the southern
      > Appalachians, I often use Rhododendren limbs as supports; while the
      > biger ones are strong enough, they are usually bent over already
      and
      > have little to no side strenght. Anchoring them to another support,
      > such as the base or limb of another Rhododendren, can work well. I
      > once wanted to tie off to such a limb, but it had to be supported
      w/
      > one anchor line to the ground (base of another bush) and one anchor
      > line to a large tree limb above to hold the limb in place!
      >
      > Dave, is this what you were referring to? Does anyone else have any
      > similar techniques? ...Ed
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