I started by using knots, but then I wanted something more convenient, stronger, and faster. So, I purchased a couple of 1" cinch buckles, some 3mm climbing line (921lb/ft. rating), 1" military grade webbing (rated at 4k lbs!), and attached it all to my Claytor JH....the 3mm rope through the hammock channel and tied, via prussik, to the cinch buckles. The 1" webbing (which, along with the 3mm rope, I got from REI) I cut in half so I had two 15' ft. sections, the ends of which I sewed a loop so I could attached black diamond carabiners to...the other ends of the webbing I left unsewed so I could run them through the cinch buckles.
Now, setting up is a snap! I just wrap the webbing around the tree, snap the carabiner onto the webbing line and pull tight...literally takes seconds to accomplish. I do the same thing for the other side, then I put the hammock in the middle and run the webbing straps through the cinch buckles. Pull tight through the buckes, sit in the hammock and get out and pull on the lines to adjust until I have it just right. My hammock has never gone up faster!! Plus, with my hammock being 9'ft. long and the two webbing straps totally 30' ft. I have plenty more options to hang than I did before!! Very *nice* set up now! :oD
----- Original Message -----
From: Cara Lin Bridgman
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2008 7:41 AM
Subject: Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: would this work to hold line?
I was just trying to point out things from the knot-handicapped point of
view. This was a bit of a struggle, because I do knots and always
have. If there are people that can't open jars of spaghetti, then there
are people that can't tie their shoes and they thank God for vecro and
buckles and slip-on shoes.
Alternatives exist because it is good to have many ways of doing
something. Just one knot won't solve all knot problems. There are
times when knot substitutes actually are better because they reduce
friction (i.e. biners).
Knots are definitely underused. They're also underestimated. My own
husband says the whole purpose of knots is to make pretty knots. I've
argued that the whole point of pretty knots is being able to undo them.
He doesn't have any real appreciation for the function of different
knots. He ties great idiot knots (yes, they keep the water out of his
sleeping bag, but they keep me from unpacking his sleeping bag). He
does tie a good taunt-line hitch. For all of the hiking he's done, the
taunt-line hitch is about all he's needed to know. He's happy undoing
his own idiot knots--sometimes with a knife.
Carey Parks wrote:
> Are you saying the existence of these things proves knots are not better, or that people prefer to not learn knots? "Can't do knots." I think that's a choice. I don't know anyone who can't tie their shoes. Knots are not rocket science.
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