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!
Step 1: Ingredients
1. Paracord -> ~100 inches (over 8 ft, 13 in from the last knot per number of sections, I have 8 loops total, which means 7 sections)
2. Lighter, or Matches, or other Flame Source (don't hurt yourself...)
3. Sharp object for cutting the cord to length (again...don't hurt yourself...) I used a folding utility knife that takes razor blades that I got from (insert local name) hardware store.
4. Load-Bearing Carabiner (~ 2x $3 I think) -> I have 2 8mm 350lbs test Snap-Link Carabiners. With two, it should be strong enough to keep me and possibly another up off the ground.
5. Hammock (~$15 for a cheap-ish one)-> To use with your awesome new hammock anchors. My hammock is a lightweight travel hammock that I picked up from my local camping store.
Don't hurt yourself in the making of this, I am no way responsible for your mistakes.