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Tree Swing
« on: August 03, 2011, 10:23:51 PM »
Here's a relatively simple practical problem to help get this forum back on the track of talking about practical applications.  Pictured below is a tree swing.  It appears running loops used at the top.  The person tying this likely did not have access to the branch.  In other words, the person probably had to throw the rope up and over the branch somehow.

1.  Is that the hitch you would have used?
2.  What would you use if you had access directly to branch where the hitch is tied (e.g., with a tall ladder or something)?
3.  Is there a hitch that is both ideal for performance AND capable of being undone later from ground level?


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Re: Tree Swing
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2011, 10:41:46 PM »

If the rope spirals away from the swing per the link above, weights could be hung off to each side such that it wouldn't interfere with the swing's motion, while still permitting removal from ground level if necessary.

P.S.  Using flat webbing might be gentler on the tree bark, if that is a concern.
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Re: Tree Swing
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2011, 09:13:06 PM »
I have a tree swing that I put up in the Spring and I'm going to redo the top hitches. I didn't have enough rope so I had to use the constrictor at the top. It's adequate for my son who's three years old and weighs 39lbs. One site I read and they just recommended a Clove Hitch at the top, no way was I going to rely on the Clove Hitch.

I'm going to redo the top hitches with some new rope and use the Bull Hitch up top. The Bull Hitch is very secure and underrated IMO. Plus it gives the rope a round turn to wear on instead of just a half turn. On the bottom two knots I currently use the Double Bowline backed up with a double overhand stopper. This is a great knot for the bottom dressing and it's quite secure.


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Re: Tree Swing
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2011, 06:51:21 PM »
Sounds like a perfect place to put a slippery hitch!  ;D :P ;D