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Re: More tent questions (hammock)

charlie2@ro.com writes:


> Trail hammocks also have a downside other than weight and sleeping
> discomfort.  Your hammock ropes can scar the support trees to the point
> that you actually gird them (often kills the tree).  If you decide to use
> a trail hammock, you might want to figure out how to put protection
> (bandanna, sticks, duff, etc.) between the ropes and the trees.
> Remember not to pitch the hammock up any higher than you are willing to
> fall <g>.  Good luck!

A tightly-stretched hammock multiplies the force of your weight upon the
trees.  One-inch tubular nylon webbing is extremely strong, and good for
hanging hammocks without hurting trees.  Webbing is also one of those items
with high improvisation potential, like bandanas, trash bags, duct tape and
wire.  The figure-8 knot and its variations are good to use for temporary
rigging with webbing because they don't become impossibly tight under

I saw a great cartoon in a magazine:  Picture of guy relaxing in hammock;
caption: "America Off Line."

--  Frank   reid@indiana.edu