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     As an avid Boy Scout, I have spent a lot of time camping out in the woods.  About the age of 13 or so, we started hiking , and I decided to escalate my awesomeness to Hammock camping versus Tent camping.

     After a while, I got bored of tying, untying, retying, etc of the common tree anchor, which usually consists of a knot to the hammock end, looping the tree, and a taut line hitch.  This usually doesn't take a lot of time, but I am a little bit lazy, and enjoy making new things.  That's when I decided to up my game, and make a device to save me some time.

     To be honest, this is inspired by the Eagle's Nest Outfitters Slap Strap System.  So...this is also a DIY/Poor Man's solution to another more expensive solution.  Plus it's pretty simple and on a fairly basic level, so fear not!

     The basic concept is a single cord that has loops on either ends, and regularly spaced loops in between.  The cord goes around the tree and through one of the end loops to tighten on the tree.  Then the hammock is attached to the loop in the middle that produces the desired height of hammock off the ground.

     The finished length of my cord is ~5 ft (60 in) from end loop to end loop.  I've found this will fit around most trees, but you can make your cord to any length (I like to have a few extra feet, just in case).

PS. This is being entered in the Paracord contest which is on-going, vote me up!

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chewy39392 years ago
Great ible man. I just made some and they work great I used 2 strands just for extra security and to protect the trees. Thanks
repeet13 (author)  chewy39392 years ago
Thanks! So far this hasn't let me down (if you know what I mean!)

2 strands should spread out the load for the tree, but in the grand scheme of things, one or two nights in a hammock won't really harm the tree in a real way. If it was a permanent installation, much more important. Trees are awesome because they are so resilient.
7nation3 years ago
Would using two strands of para-cord increase the weight limit of the cord? Also would two strands of cord be easier on the tree?
repeet13 (author)  7nation3 years ago
Yes it would raise (though probably not double) the static weight limit (still can't do a flying leap into the hammock). It would be easier on the tree us, but I would still recommend some sortof load spreader (like the above mentioned sticks) to spread out thepoint of contact
It's a great instructable and the idea is great. Personally I use the Slap Strap Pros on my eno hammock. My only problem is the poor tree! You're a boy scout, so you must remember that you're never supposed to put any sort of cord or rope onto a tree directly because you will slice through the bark and injure the tree. Especially with potentially hundreds of pounds pulling on such a thin rope.on the type of hard-barked tree you're using this on it's less of a problem, and I appreciate that, but on most other trees, like cedars and most pines, and most other trees one will encounter it's Best to use a simple barrier between the tree and the cord. This is a perfect solution for hammockers everywhere and I used something similar before the slap straps, but please do Something as simple as laying two sticks vertically (parallel to the tree) between the paracord and bark. This simple thing could save a trees life by preventing it from getting a beetle infestation or disease through its cut bark and trunk.

I'm sorry, I'm not trying to put anybody down here or anything, I'm just trying to offer helpful suggestions so that people can be respectful and show proper stewardship when using this paracord device. they do work really well, I made one!

Im sure you guys all know this but Cord has a very small surface area, almost infinitely small on paper because it's a cylinder. Force is a distributable property in the sense that the same force can be imparted over smaller and larger surface areas, so each square cm will receive less force. So the same mass over 3/4 inch or larger webbing (like most hammock users use) is going to have a LOT LOT LOT less force on any given point on the tree. Try doing a pull up with paracord, then try it on 1" webbing. Your hands can't handle your weight on such a small surface area, but the webbing is fine.
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Actually there is a specific knot used to make a bowstring specifically named the Archer's "Bend" or Archer's Knot. the bowline is a knot used primarily used for makeshift rescue ropes.
repeet13 (author)  DELETED_GreyHat 644 years ago
Thats cool, I didn't know that. It's a good choice because it is a simple knot, but it won't come loose or slip. Thanks for looking!
lordduckx4 years ago
 dude that helps so much

It sounds like we have the same idea about hammock camping.  I love the freedom of just clicking the biners into place without worrying about tying any knots.  If you ever feel you need a beefier set of cords, you can double the strength by doubling the rope.

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Nice work!