I remember reading about your water knot and webbing solution a year or
so ago. It's a great idea but it can add weight (especially if I use
climbing webbing). I'd like to use 2-inch width, too. It will mainly
have to depend on what I can find in Taiwan's hiking and hardware stores.
Most of the fraying on my huggers (because it showed up during the first
2-3 times of setting up my hammock in my yard) probably had to do with
the way I was trying to tie the Hennessey Wrap. I was poking the line
through the huggers with each wrap. Pictures posted at Shane's Place
with No Name and Sgt.Rock's site helped enormously.
Since I started using biners, I've not noticed any increase in wear on
the tree hugger loops. When these tree huggers start looking on the sad
side, I will going to have to come up with something and your solution
is the easiest (even before I read your solution, I used the same method
to rig permanent huggers around the steel poles in my carport).
New huggers will have to be longer, too, because Taiwan trees tend to be
bigger (DBH 30-1500 cm) than the ones tree huggers are designed for (DBH
10 cm). I'm almost never able to wrap a tree hugger around the tree a
time or two. Usually, I'm feeding one end of the hugger through another
and clipping the hammock onto the loose end.
Ralph Oborn wrote:
> So I made my own! from some long strapping. I used a water knot to make a
> large loop (3 meters or 10 foot long) so when I tie up I'm on a different
> part of the loop every time (no single wear point for fraying). I can make
> longer loops for bigger trees, or wrap two (or three) times around smaller
> trees. And if a strap gets to gummy if becomes disposable.