Tree Net

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Introduction: Tree Net

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Hello all, I have another tree net inscrutable for you! This tree net design is "permanently" attached to the tree branches unlike the triple tree net design. This design has no knots on the inner section for maximum comfort. These nets are permanently attached to the branches they are safer to rig higher. For this inscrutable i put a tree net 32ft up in an oak tree. I had to use single rope technique climbing to gain access to the top of the tree.

Step 1: Safety First

If you have access to climbing gear I would recommend using it to make weaving the net safer and easier. Remember to double and triple check your equipment before climbing. Always have a back up system never rely on a single system. SAFETY FIRST!

Helpful items

  1. static climbing rope "100ft"
  2. climbing harness
  3. assorted carbiners
  4. tree climbing lanyard
  5. pulleys
  6. Handled ascender
  7. Grigri 2

Step 2: Materials Needed

Rope and cord

  1. outer rope- 60ft of PMI EZ Bend 11mm static rope. (found at REI)
  2. netting- 550 type 3 paracord. ( i purchased a 1,000 ft spool on amazon)

Other materials

  1. knife/scissors
  2. lighter
  3. a nice tree

Step 3: Weaving the Net

Its pretty simple to weave but it dose take a while to complete.

  1. connect your static rope to the tree with clove hitches. this is your outer rope that the para cord will attach to.
  2. after you attach the static rope you can add in the paracord. Tie a clove hitch to the outside rope, you will want to work form left to right spacing the ropes about 1 inch apart.
  3. after you have all the cord going one way you need to go the other way. you want to twist the cord together and pull it tight and tie it off with a clove hitch.
  4. when your done cut the extra cord off and seal it with a lighter.

Step 4: The Net Is Complete

Throw a sleeping bag over the net for some added padding. Remember to always stay contend to the tree if you are high up. I'm planing on weaving sides to the net from some added safety. Have a good time in your new tree net and stay safe! (don't hurt yourself)

Step 5: Colorado Tree Nets

Here are some pictures from Colorado Tree Nets check out their facebook page.

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would you have a recommendation for anything to protect the tree with so that the rope wont rub or put pressure on the bark?

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Just so long as the rope(s) don't go all the way around a tree and cut into the bark, the tree will be fine. The green cambian layer is the growth layer of trees, and when that gets "girdled" the tree isn't able to transport the nutrients from the roots to the leaves.

i think the tree will be ok, im not an arborist tho. but if you compare it to the damage of driving a nail into the rope dose not even seam to make a scratch. you can always add some rubber or cloth fro some padding.

And then one line broke, and Bran Stark was a cripple from that day on.

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one line of paracord breaking could not cause a catastrophic failure. even if one of the outside ropes were to break i always have a 2nd anchor point attached to the tree if i'm high up. not totally relaying on one system is key.

Awesome instructable, I will have to try it! Just wondering, would you consider making and adding a rain fly?

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you could make a simple ran fly by hanging a tarp with paracord over the net. I'm more interested in a mosquito net.

Me too a mosquito net would be amazing addition to this!

So much cooler than a treehouse. And probably a lot more comfortable!

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its not the tree house your father probably had growing up thats for sure. but i love this design for a few reasons

1. it cost less then a wooded tree house.

2. the rope will not damage the tree like a traditional tree house

3.its low profile and very hard to see from the ground.

4. and its just awesome!

How long is "a while" to complete? Hours? Days? Weeks?

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this one took me 4 or 5 hours to complete but it all relative to the size of the net you make.

Great. I'll have to try! Thanks for sharing:)

This is so cool. Thanks for sharing

The live part of the tree is the outer layer just below the bark, you can use carpet wrap. I am not sure if you say "do not go all the way around the tree"...

Where did you buy the netting?