Re: [Hammock Camping] Will I ever get better at setting up?
- Excellent advice. Thanks! I think I have a feel for the space I need
between trees for my Clark, but I'm still getting a feel for the
space I need for my Trek Light double.
I bought some industrial strength autolocking tie-downs from Northern
Tool. They are 12ft long and 2 inches wide. They work great because I
can adjust to any length and I connect the hook ends directly to the
hammock at the knot. I still wrap the tie-downs around the tree like
I would a tree hugger hanging system.
They have a 2000lb breaking strength and a 1500lb working load limit.
--- In email@example.com, Tod Massa <todmassa@...> wrote:
> Also try straps instead of rope for your hammock. Add a small
snaplink to one end of your centerline for your tarp. Develop a
strategy for quickly identifying trees appropriately far apart and
of the right size. Develop a process to follow each time that is
efficient, that includes packing, unpacking, and repacking.
> Quick question: How many of you folks that use a separate tarp set
the tarp up first?
> Ain't got no mo' mojo, but I got plenty o' banjo.
- I always set up the tarp first. Just habit.
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- I do pretty much the same thing, but I set up the fly just how I like
it, then break it down, leaving
the stakes in the ground. They're painted with a hi visibility orange
paint and very easy to see.
This eliminates the need to find a suitable spot for the stakes
(sometimes very rocky or very soft ground presents a challenge you don't
need, in the dark, when it's starting to rain) and tie off taughtline
> The only time I set up a tarp first is in the rain. for many a night, I[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> tie the tarp to the trees in its separate snakeskins, but do not put the
> tarp out unless it looks like rain is likely or I am cold under a clear
> This sometimes backfires. I once woke several times in the middle of the
> night to see a bright moon overhead. Next time I woke to rain starting
> to hit me and the leaves around me. It takes a lot less than 2 minutes
> to get a tarp up in these conditions. Within a few seconds I was able to
> strip the snakeskins off the tarp and drop its sides around the hammock.
> Then I pulled out the stakes and had the four stakes in the ground in
> another minute or so.