Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate the occasional rope tying and knot knitting as well as the many other benefits that a sturdy length of rope provides. But then, I’m quite content with a hammock and often forgo the need to bring a thick sleeping bag. So, the same is mostly true when I’d prefer the hammock straps or hanging straps over knotted rope. And also, I dislike rope burn.
Yes, you’re out in the wilderness communing with nature as well acquainting yourself with your inner survivor. There is, nevertheless, no reason to sacrifice creature comforts.
Furthermore, I pride myself as a modern outdoorsman complete and replete with the modern, yet necessary, outdoor equipment. In this case, it’s an ultralight pack together with a magnesium flint fire starter, and a trusty LED flashlight to turn night into day. And, of course, the hammock straps.
A pair of durable hammock straps takes out all the guesswork in setting up your hammock with rope and knots and loops. If you’re like me, you may have wasted a good part of an hour trying to set your hammock up just right. Also, getting the height and the sag just right. And, yet for some reason, your rope straps aren’t holding up, or the knots are undoing themselves. What’s worse, you may just wake up to a damaged tree where the rope meets (or more appropriately, scars) the bark.
By the way, hammock straps perfectly address this concern. To begin with, let me show you why hammock straps are the better and more modern option.
The Benefits of Hammock Straps
A modern outdoorsman does not mean a markedly wasteful or a destructive one. On the contrary, a modern outdoorsman is, first of all, aware of his footprint and his impact on the very environment from which he receives sustenance both for his mind as well as his body. Next, as he reconnects with his roots, he is cognizant of the hiker’s responsibility to take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but memories, and kill nothing but time.
How is this mantra related to hammock straps? Well, a rope tightly wrapped around a tree trunk supporting a grown man’s weight will eventually damage and scar the tree’s bark as well as its cambium layers. Yes, you may end up harming a tree’s inner layer without ever knowing.
Moreover, the worst case scenario is that the tree is still immature. Hence, the high constricting forces of a thin rope may lead it down an unhealthy, maybe even deadly, path.
On the other hand, a thick hammock strap will distribute forces much more evenly on a tree trunk across a wider area than that of rope. All in all, a hammock strap is a gentler and more eco-friendly option. In fact, some campgrounds require hammock straps over the rope for the trees under their care.
Quick and Easy
I’ll summarize the next benefit in four words: Two minutes or less. Usually, it takes only a moment or two to set up a hammock with the right hammock straps. Think of the time you save with a flint firestarter over manually starting a flame with wood and string and friction. Similarly, hammock straps can do the same, as opposed to the minutes lost on knitting and wrapping rope.
Additionally, learning to use a hammock strap properly has a shallow learning curve. Although, you shouldn’t just take my word for it. Why not get your hammock straps and find out for yourself how great they can be.
Spare the rope, get a hammock strap, and save the trees.
Warren Kuhn is an outdoor and camping enthusiast, always out to seek for the thrill and adrenaline that only nature gives. He even took up survival training to prepare him for the worst-case scenarios while outdoors.
With his background, you can learn a lot from him so you can get the most out of your camping trip at TheCampingTrips.