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How to backpack better with a hammock

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Step 3: Set up your hammock

this is very easy now that you have your parachute cord. find two trees about 9 feet apart and strong enough to hold your hammock up. the distance between them is a matter of personal preference  and also depends on your hammock, so experiment and you will find what you like.

wrap your parachute cord around the tree tightly enough that it wont slip down. how do you wrap it around? however you want, that's whats great about the rope you made. you can wrap it once, twice, tie a ravens head, feed one end of the rope through the loop, any way you can make it work on your tree. just keep in mind that any knot you tie and sleep on will probably not come out very easily. parachute cord is not easy to work backwards with (but you should be able to get away with not tying any knots, just loop it around and put your carabiner in the two end loops).

now take your carabiner and put it through the loops in the cord. put one end of your hammock on the carabiner. repeat for the other tree. your hammock should hang in a gentle curve, you don't want a huge sag as your rope, hammock and trees will bend and stretch as you settle in.

Many people have expressed concern about the rope damaging the trees. Here on the west coast most of the trees I hammock on are huge and tough, and paracord wrapped around them doesnt seem to do any damage. If you live somewhere where your trees aren't as hardy and have thinner bark, you could use flat webbing for climbing or polypropylene truck straps. Just wrap these around the tree a couple of times and hang your rope and hammock from that. 
 
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redsuit094 years ago
now you guys know how to camp... this seems like great fun...
Camping is great fun!
snoozer4 years ago
I use webbing straps around the tree with loops stitched in both ends. Not only does this grip very well, but also does not cut into or debark the tree. I purchased two different lengths from Hennessy.
if you buy the webbing straps do you need any thing extra? because the trees around me are pretty wide.
DixieGeek4 years ago
The figure eight on bight is a good knot for this, but you could also use a 'bowline on bight'to attach to the carabiner as well.

For the end attached to the tree, use a 'taught line hitch'. Wrap the rope around the tree at least twice and then tie a taught line about midway down your rope. Then you can adjust the rope and "lay" of your hammock without having to retie the knot.
HAL 9000 (author)  DixieGeek4 years ago
figure eight is more secure. i was taught that a bowline is not a real "climbing" knot because the fig 8 is superior. but for a hammock im sure it would work, and you can just tie a regular bowline, because it makes a loop anyway. also, in my experience, depending on what kind of rope you are using and how good your knot tying skills are a taught line hitch may slip as you sleep. its kind of lame to have to get up in the middle of the night to retie your knot because you woke up on the ground.
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