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"Going to the woods is going home, for I suppose
we came from the woods originally."

- John Muir

Hammock Supports

Tree Huggers
My Tree Huggers are on the right, with the stock Hennessy Tree Huggers on the left for comparison.

I used 1" nylon webbing, and mine measure 52" and 4 oz. The webbing I used is thicker than Hennessy's, so mine are 3 oz heavier.

Combining Tree Huggers
Sometimes you get to a campsite and the perfect trees are a little bigger than the tree huggers will fit. In this case, if you've brought an extra hugger you can combine the two into one long strap so it'll fit...and you don't need an additional gear to do it (like a carabiner). I often combine straps like this when I'm hanging my son's hammock next to mine from the same tree.
First, set the two huggers side by side. Here, the Hennessy is the black one on the left and my homemade one is the dark green one on the right.
Thread the green one through the loop on the end of the black one.
Thread the other end of the black one through the loop on the green one.
Pull it tighter.
And it should look like this when it's finished.

These pull pretty tight when you put weight on them so it can be a bit of a hassle to get them apart, but it's not too bad.

Polypro Tree Straps
I made hammock supports from 1" Polypro webbing, finished length 130" each.

I sewed a loop in one end, and use this loop to make a slipknot to slide over the hammock (just like the Spectra below), then use the "4 wrap" method to hang it on the tree. This is a picture of the wraps, with the extra just wrapped around the tree to keep it out of the way.

They weigh 2 oz each.

Spectra Hammock Supports
My Spectra supports are just 9' (I think) lengths of rope with a bight tied in the end. I attach the support to the hammock as described below, then use tree huggers and the Hennessy lashing (aka lineman's lashing or figure-8 lashing) to attach the support to the tree huggers.

First, tie an overhand knot into a bight of rope.

Second, form a larkshead in the end to slide the hammock into.

Third, slide the hammock end through the loop, ensuring the whipping is on the outside of the Spectra.

Fourth, tighten the rope and youíre done.

Each time you set up the hammock, make sure the Spectra hasnít slipped over the whipping. Mine is stiff enough that this has never happened.

Although it isnít cotton, I think the free end near the knot will act as a dripcord for any rain running down the cord.

Hereís a quick way to tie the hammock up. Put a carabiner on the tree huggers, then just a ďdouble slip knotĒ in the Spectra. It holds and itís quicker to tie and adjust than the Hennessy hitch.

I donít hike with carabiners, though.

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