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Old 02-12-2013, 11:34 AM   #1396
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Our new place is a 3/4 acre but unfortunately only trees I have are two big pin oaks (3'-4' diameter) about 50' apart.

Is my only option to build a stand, or have you guys ever rigged up chains or anything like that to trees this far apart?
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:09 PM   #1397
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Our new place is a 3/4 acre but unfortunately only trees I have are two big pin oaks (3'-4' diameter) about 50' apart.

Is my only option to build a stand, or have you guys ever rigged up chains or anything like that to trees this far apart?
Any branches far apart enough in the same tree to hang? For one side I'd be tempted to put 2 eye bolts 180 deg apart from each other have an extra long piece of webbing to a caribeaner clip in the first side opposite to where I wanted it to come out and then wrap the webbing 540 degrees around the tree with a beaner to the 2nd eye bolt to keep it from dropping down and then somewhere to hook in 4' later or so...
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:51 PM   #1398
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Take a look at this guy's idea. Should work for you and it's cheap, quick, and non-permanent.


http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=plpp&v=btY0ruhThP0


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Old 02-13-2013, 03:37 PM   #1399
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Our new place is a 3/4 acre but unfortunately only trees I have are two big pin oaks (3'-4' diameter) about 50' apart.

Is my only option to build a stand, or have you guys ever rigged up chains or anything like that to trees this far apart?
you could sink one post in the ground the proper distance form one of the trees....then just put a bird feeder on top and done.
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:47 AM   #1400
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Our new place is a 3/4 acre but unfortunately only trees I have are two big pin oaks (3'-4' diameter) about 50' apart.

Is my only option to build a stand, or have you guys ever rigged up chains or anything like that to trees this far apart?



I had a similar problem so I used one tree and set a 6x6 post at about 22 ft and set up done...........
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:57 AM   #1401
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Any branches far apart enough in the same tree to hang? For one side I'd be tempted to put 2 eye bolts 180 deg apart from each other have an extra long piece of webbing to a caribeaner clip in the first side opposite to where I wanted it to come out and then wrap the webbing 540 degrees around the tree with a beaner to the 2nd eye bolt to keep it from dropping down and then somewhere to hook in 4' later or so...
I'm having a very difficult time visualizing what you're asking here. But it sounds intersting.

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Take a look at this guy's idea. Should work for you and it's cheap, quick, and non-permanent.


http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=plpp&v=btY0ruhThP0


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That could work, thanks for the tip.


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you could sink one post in the ground the proper distance form one of the trees....then just put a bird feeder on top and done.
Yeah, that's the first thought I had but trying to avoid it just because it would look somewhat awkward in our situation. Thanks though.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:09 AM   #1402
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Our new place is a 3/4 acre but unfortunately only trees I have are two big pin oaks (3'-4' diameter) about 50' apart.

Is my only option to build a stand, or have you guys ever rigged up chains or anything like that to trees this far apart?
I've hung on trees at least 30' apart. I put the straps as high as I could get (probably 7' or so) and let my ridgeline work for me. You won't get the proper angle, but a structural ridgeline will give the the hammock the right sag. Could use a ladder to get even higher up the tree and if the trees have any branches low enough you could use them to shorten the hang.

A quick calc in CAD says to get the appropriate 30 degrees at 50' separation you'd have to hang the straps 15.5' up the tree.. You could get away with less with a structural ridge line.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:20 AM   #1403
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yep...and forget the eyebolts! eyebolts give us a bad reputation. just say no!
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:04 PM   #1404
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I've hung on trees at least 30' apart. I put the straps as high as I could get (probably 7' or so) and let my ridgeline work for me. You won't get the proper angle, but a structural ridgeline will give the the hammock the right sag. Could use a ladder to get even higher up the tree and if the trees have any branches low enough you could use them to shorten the hang.

A quick calc in CAD says to get the appropriate 30 degrees at 50' separation you'd have to hang the straps 15.5' up the tree.. You could get away with less with a structural ridge line.

I have a wbbb, so it has a ridge line built in. I could get a ladder and get pretty high up the trunk, but I honestly have no idea what i'd use that is that long....
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:30 PM   #1405
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I have a wbbb, so it has a ridge line built in. I could get a ladder and get pretty high up the trunk, but I honestly have no idea what i'd use that is that long....
I think I've almost got it covered in my normal setup. I have an 11 foot hammock' two 6 foot whoopie slings and two 12 foot webbing pieces. Granted that's 47 feet without going around a tree.

Just add more webbing. . it'll be an interesting hang to say the least.
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:27 AM   #1406
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i must welcome myself to the hammock club. i picked up an emo doublenest from moosjaw this weekend. the better half gave me a 50$ gift card for valentines day. i have always wanted one but could never justify the money. next on the list is a bug net. all i need to do now is get it all set up and figure out all the small details.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:58 AM   #1407
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...the better half gave me a 50$ gift card for valentines day. i have always wanted one but could never justify the money. next on the list is a bug net. all i need to do now is get it all set up and figure out all the small details.
What were you planning to use for insulation? If the comfort bug bites, the expense of the hammock and bug net will be nothing compared to underquilts/topquilts/etc.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:36 AM   #1408
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What were you planning to use for insulation? If the comfort bug bites, the expense of the hammock and bug net will be nothing compared to underquilts/topquilts/etc.
I'm not new to camping. I've got a couple of bags for different temps. Are the under quilts better? I'm not going all in just yet. I figured I would try out what works and go from there. My tent packs pretty small so if all this hammock gear gets to be too much it will just be a summer hang out spot...
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:48 PM   #1409
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I have a hammock on the way as well and it'll be my first time coming within 10 ft of one.

I'm gonna try it a few times to see if I'll like it for solo motorcycle camping. This one comes with a no-see-um bug net, and I'll be using a BA down sleeping bag. Still looking at options for an underquilt.
I'm really looking forward to trying it out and I've spent a few hrs on the hammock forum the last few days. I'm gonna try to ignore that place until I get a little more experience, as they talk about dutch clips, whoopie slings, amsteel, and a host of other things that I have no idea what they mean.
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:06 PM   #1410
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I was new to the hammock thing last year.
I found that my back and butt got cold in just a sleeping bag. You can add your pad for insulation but i found that I rolled off ( side sleeper)
I went out and bought a down under quilt and slept great all last season, about 20 nights. This winter I got a Hennessy Super Shelter from the year end clearance. I have yet to try it but I am looking forward to it. I will use just the cover if the insulation isn't the best as I found that the wind is your biggest enemy. Good luck and welcome to the club!
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