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RE: Hammock Camping Alternative anchor set up

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  • Ed Speer
    Jim, thanks for the info and links....Ed ... From: Jim & Marlis Greenway [mailto:greenway@bellsouth.net] Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 6:15 PM To:
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      Jim, thanks for the info and links....Ed
       
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Jim & Marlis Greenway [mailto:greenway@...]
      Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 6:15 PM
      To: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Hammock Camping Alternative anchor set up

      I think the "figure 8 to make a loop" would be called a "figure 8 on a
      bight" or a "figure 8 on a retrace" depending on whether you tied a figure 8
      in a folded-over piece of webbing or if you tied a figure 8 in the webbing
      and then made the loop by retracing the running end of the webbing back
      through the original figure 8. You can see an animated version of the fig-8
      at http://www.mistral.co.uk/42brghtn/knots/42ktfig8.html An illustration of
      the fig 8 on a bight is on page 3 of the pdf document
      http://www.western.edu/wscmrt/docs/pdf/rope_trng.pdf

      An anchor that's working well for me is a "tensionless tieoff" or
      "tensionless hitch." I tried to write an explanation of it but realized that
      a reference to the illustration and directions on page 4 at
      http://www.western.edu/wscmrt/docs/pdf/rope_trng.pdf would be easier on
      everyone. I use a small loop and a Black Diamond wire-gate "accessory
      carabiner" to finish the hitch. The lightweight aluminum accessory biner
      safely does the trick since the biner is not a load-bearing part of the
      system. It just keeps the end of the webbing from falling. It's very fast
      (<1minute) in both setup and knock-down and preserves the most webbing
      strength. This hitch is used a lot in rope rescue anchor systems. You could
      always dump the biner and use a bowline, etc. but then you're back to tieing
      knots again.

      Jim in NW Ga.





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