455Methods of securing hammocks to trees
- Feb 6, 2003Hi all....
I know there are several methods out there being employed to secure
your hammocks to trees. I use a Hennessey, and with it comes 'tree
huggers', which are nylon straps that are wrapped around the tree to
protect the trees bark. The hammock is attached to the tree huggers
by passing the line from the hammock through the loops on the ends of
the huggers. It is finished off with a kind of loose figure 8 and
two half-hitches. I know a lot of people include quick releases and
so forth, but I'll tell you my problem: Two weekends ago, I was
trying to set up my hammock w/ temp in single digits (that's as close
as I trust my little thermometer). My hands were freezing, since I
had been fairly stationary for several hours. Well, to tie the
knots, I HAVE to take my gloves off, which of course led to really
cold and stiff hands, which of course led to decrease in dexterity,
and in the end, a hell of a time getting my knots tied.
So, I am looking into alternatives. I have some ideas regarding
caribiners. I am also entertaining the use of a truckers hitch as a
way of providing a quick solution to not only securing but also
tightening the hammock line. It would also be very quick to undo for
readjustments. I have read here that Ed came up with a different
approach w/ his hammocks - Ed, a pic would really help here if
Any thoughts, ideas, etc welcome.
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