How to Hang a Hammock on a Tree: Easy, Quick, and Safe
Whenever you want to relax on your hammock among nature. You need to know how to hang a hammock on a tree in the right way. Wait! It’s not that tricky matter. We offer the easy, quick, and safe way to hang your hammock, which includes what you need for hanging a hammock on a tree, how to tie your hammock rope to a tree with the clove hitch, and how to attach the carabiner to hang a hammock. Let’s see!
What you need for hanging a hammock on a tree
- Strap, webbing, or other ropes you want
- Hammock snap hooks/clasps, or carabiners
From The Ashley Book of Knots (1944), the clove hitch is a crossing knot that is commonly used when lashing an object. The clove hitch is very easy to learn. Easy to tie-untie, quick, and not easy to fall off.
Note: The Ashley Book of Knots is an encyclopedia reference manual with directions for illustrations of thousands of knots by Clifford Warren Ashley, the American artist, author, sailor, and knot expert. This is a significant reference work in the field of knotting.
Let’s use the clove hitch to tie the hammock to the tree!
How to tie your hammock rope to a tree with the clove hitch
Tips: Use the double line of rope to keep your hammock suspension system stronger.
You can use whatever types of rope to hang your hammock on a tree. The choice is yours! Each type has its pros and cons. For example,
- Webbing: gentle for the tree, the bark is not damaged, but narrow for other uses.
Paracord: lightweight, non-absorbent fabric, it can be used in a variety of situations because of the high tensile strength (in the paracord there are sub-rope lines), but the bark will be damaged if the tree bark is not strong enough.
Both are strong and able to support your weight well according to their specifications.
Use whatever types you want to use but for your safety, it must be a good quality product. And the tree and its bark must strong enough.
Find various types and specs of hammock rope products here
How to attach the snap hook or carabiner to hang a hammock on a tree
Hammock snap hooks/carabiners
Hammock snap hooks should be made from strong materials such as aluminum (light and strong) We want to recommend you to use “carabiners” because it can hold up heavyweight but comes with compact body size.
Choose the specs to suit yourself
Normally, the carabiner's strength is measured in kN(kilonewton) that is 1 kN can hold 225 pounds. But the carabiner that we use must accept the dynamic force as well, not only our weight. So, you have to allow the strength of the carabiner to be more than just holding your weight. For example, if your hammock holds 1 person and some stuff, you choose a 5 kN carabiner or higher. The higher the better because it can be used in many situations. And the price is not that much different. It’s your choice.
The notable benefit of the carabiner
the carabiner helps trap water from the tree so that it doesn't flow through the rope to your hammock. Imagine when it rains and you set the shelter for your hammock but it’s still wet because the water flows from the tree along the rope connected to the hammock without a carabiner. The carabiner helps how to hang a hammock on a tree easier.
Visit our various sizes of high-quality carabiners here
Thank you so much for your interest. Hope you enjoy Hammocking!
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