Simple Continuous Loop

The humble continuous loop. You’ve seen them—they’re nearly ubiquitious on hammocks these days, especially simple, gathered-end hammocks, but also all-in-one hammocks with integrated bug netting. Before you toss that small loop away, I want to describe and show some simple hammock suspension options that take advantage of this little workhorse.


I’ve tested many hammocks, and the more I try, the more I’m finding the value in these short rope stubs. In fact, I would argue that these loops offer the greatest versatility for hammock suspension for both beginner and advanced users alike.


Tip 1: Avoid the drips


Tip 2: The short hang

When circumstances bring you between trees that just barely clear your tarp, you may find your suspension is too long to be useful. In these cases, it’s nice to have a connection point close to your hammock to make hanging your hammock easier.


With the right connection options, such as a Whoopie Hook or Carabiner, a short loop makes quick work of setting up, just “clip” and go. Other hardware options are equally quick to adjust, such as descender rings, cinch buckles, or tri-glide-style devices.

Tip 4: Pimp my hammock

End loops provide maximum modularity options. Without making any changes to the hammock, you can slip on a new suspension option with ease. Quickly slip off a tri-glide in favor of descender rings or another option. Even without hardware, a continuous loop can be used with a few knot options, such as theBecket Hitch


A nasty side-effect of hanging a hammock around trees is getting your suspension soaked in sap. With single-line suspension, such as straps that connect directly around the hammock and then wrap around a tree, you’re literally “stuck” with sap with no way to keep it away from the hammock. Using a short continuous loop on the hammock, you can easily disconnect a sappy strap and store it separately, if needed.




I prefer to clip my under quilt clip or hook through the loop for added security.

Tip 7: Hang a pack

To keep my pack off the ground away from the bugs and yet still covered by my tarp, I often clip it to the end of my hammock. I simply insert the pack’s hang loop on the top and insert it through the short hammock loop and use a stick toggle to hold it in place (a mini carabiner also works).


Tip 8: Hammock ridge line

With a short loop on either side of the hammock, you have perfect connection points to add a structural or non-structural ridge line to the hammock. Using 1.75 mm dyneema, you can tie off a ridge line that helps the hammock maintain a consistent sag shape, but also provides a place to clip a gear pocket for storing small items like flash lights, cameras, and phones.


Loop Suspension Options

切换(e.g., the玛丽斯普克拴住)


Carabiner (see alsoDutch Biners)


Descender Rings



For this “wrapped descender ring” version, see my post on没有结,打火机的下式环悬浮液



These“triangle” cinch buckleswere assembled directly on to the continuous loop, but you can add them separately with al, similar to the other examples shown here.

Whoopie Hook

Whoopie Hook

Elephant Trunk

Elephant Hook

Eureka! ChrysalisSuspension

Eureka Chrysalis Suspension

Tri-Glide(see alsoDutch Buckle)


Dutch Buckle

Becket Hitch (see ABOK #1900, aka sheet bend)


The Becket hitch works great (maybe best) with a strap as the suspension line. You can use a modified double Becket Hitch with slippery line like Amsteel so it grips better instead of just slipping through.


Note:不要使用贝克克搭扣Amsteel/Dyneemaon both the end loop and the suspension line. Dyneema is too slippery and will pull through. However, Dyneema with another rope, as in this photo, does work. Be sure to test for slippage prior to going into the field.

Eye on Eye Sling toggle (see ABOK #1494)

loop-11loop-12loop-13Eye to Eye Toggle

Note: This eye on eye toggle also works best with two different types of rope, not Amsteel on Amsteel. However, you can use Amsteel on both the line and loop provided you tie it as illustrated above with the loop pushed through the suspension line, then the suspension line pushed up through the loop to accept the toggle. Stick toggles should be finger size and firm (some wood gets brittle or soft when wet).

51 Responses

  1. 教生 说:

    Excellent read thanks lots of ideas there, so I should never come unstuck. (literaly)

  2. Todd Foster 说:


    • Derek. 说:

      Thanks for your support Todd! One day I may have to convert my Hennessy to have a zippered bug net (the bottom entry gets tiresome). Still, it’s fun to use on occasion. I’ve been testing that Becket Hitch a lot the past few weeks to see what works and what to recommend. Most poly and nylon ropes seem to hold fast and work well. Amsteel, which is a favorite material for hammock hangers, is so slippery that buries, splices, and hardware work the best; however, I have had success with the Becket Hitch with Amsteel if I wrap it 3 times. Let me know if it works for you.

  3. Sarah 说:


    • Derek. 说:

      Thank you, and you’re welcome! If you buy some stock hammocks, like from Grand Trunk, ENO, Hammock Bliss, or Kammock for example, they all come with end loops that work just fine as-is. Some of the techniques I showed in the video may not be the easiest for starting out, but I’m happy you want to try them. For just beginning, I recommend getting a webbing strap that has daisy chain loops sewn in, like the ENO Atlas Straps or the Kammock Python straps. Then, with a carabiner, it’s clip-and-go from the hammock loop to the webbing. No knots to fiddle with or difficult adjustments.


      A Becket Hitch on Amsteel with a strap works great too. Let me know if that helps, or if you want anything more specific. Feel free to email me too.

  4. Matthew 说:

    你能给一些建议使用t绳子吗o replace rope on my ENO, Grand Trunks and Yukon Bug net hammock for the kids? I like the idea of using a lighter/ stronger NON stretching rope. Any tips would be great.

    • Derek. 说:

      The small loops that come standard with ENO and Grand Trunk shouldn’t stretch too much (I still use mine), but if you want to upgrade them, the only thing I would recommend would be some 7/64 Amsteel loops. One place I know you can purchase them is from Arrowhead Equipment (he calls them “chain links“),但你也可以制作它们。

  5. Hi! First of all, I love your site! Secondly, I was hoping maybe you could give me some advice. My best friend is looking for a jungle hammock, but he’s 6’2″ and weighs between 350-400lbs. I’ve tried looking for them online, but it seems the weight limit is usually around 250. He’s trying to find one that will accommodate 600lbs. Do you have any ideas? Thanks, Savannah

    • Derek. 说:

      Thank you! I’m glad you are finding the site helpful. I’ll give a few thoughts here and then be sure to contact me attheultimatehang@gmail.comand we can chat more specifics.

      Generally speaking when weight limits are mentioned it is referring to safe working load, not breaking strength. This means that the fabric is probably 5 to 10 times stronger than what is listed. This gives a margin of error for unpredictable issues and dynamic forces (getting in/out; swinging, etc). Most hammocks won’t break until more than 1,000 lbs has been loaded.

      That said, there are a few hammocks with a stronger weight limit. And, when you say ‘jungle hammock’ I’m guessing you mean a hammock with a bug net.

      Unless he is concerned with how heavy everything is, you can always buy an external, separate but net that would work on any hammock.

      The Hammock Bliss no see um hammock has a pretty strong weight rating:


      Kammok Roo吊床价格合理,重量比强。

      Email me for more examples.

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  7. […] The kit comes with appropriate webbing straps, whoopie sling suspension, and toggles, to tie up the fairly popular Marlinspike Hitch, but you can easily replace the suspension system with whatever works best for you. I took off the whoopie slings and installed continuous loops of Amsteel on the hammocks, which allows me to use nearly any suspension system available. […]

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  9. Caleb 说:

    我喜欢连续循环的概念。一个人opie Sling attached to the loop with a larks head still provide a water break or does there have to be a piece of hardware in between the two?

    • Derek. 说:

      Good question, Caleb. I’ve got a “science project” lined up when the temperature warms up to test all the different suspension options under rain conditions to see what water break works the best. From my own experience, I would say that a whoopie sling larked onto a continuous loop wouldn’t do the job as the two hitch too tightly together.

  10. […] My hammock came with the webbing straps tied through the channels in the hammock. Matt supplied my hammock with metal tri-glides. These are simple adjustment systems and work well with the long length of webbing strap that came with my order. While there is nothing wrong with this suspension system, it isn’t my preferred method. Removing the webbing was easily accomplished and I then added continuous loops to the end so I can play with the variety of suspension systems at my disposal. […]

  11. Michael Anderson 说:

    What kind of knot do you use to make your continuous loop.

  12. […] threaded into the end channels. These create great connection points to the hammock and allow for multiple suspension systems to be used. This was the first modification I made to the Kakoon after inspecting […]

  13. Kari 说:

    So… Can I use the Becket hitch with the stock cord and straps in place of the Hennessey lashing? It will hold and not jam?

    • Derek. 说:

      我发现Becket Hitch以相反的方式效果最佳:在吊床上使用绳索环并使用较长的织带表带并领带滑动的捆绑挂钩。这就是我和我的男子童子军队伍一起做的事情。它易于解开:只需将循环推向织带,然后将滑动挂起返回。没有干扰。用股票绳子捆绑捆绑挂钩,特别是如果你有厚度的薄波线的轩尼诗,那么它可能很难抓住它。在我的经验中,一个双人贝克特哈奇克held better.

      What is important here is to make sure the bend will hold. Not all ropes grab well. I wouldn’t recommend this knot with Amsteel; it is just too slippery. Some of the Hennessy ropes are too thin and slippery, so I would gingerly test before applying all my weight.

      My personal preference with the Hennessy Hammocks is to tie a slippery clove hitch onto a climbing carabiner with a safety hitch. It is easy to tie and untie so it helps make adjustments a little quicker, and it doesn’t burn/melt the webbing strap. Send me an email if you want further clarification.

  14. Does anyone have experience using the JRB Tri-Glides like the “Dutch Buckle” (loop over the top, like the photo)? Looks like it might be the lightest “quick” attachment method available. I’m asking because it looks like the “Dutch Buckle” is no longer made.

    • Derek. 说:

      They work great. There are two basic ways folks use them: as a toggle or as an all in one. For an all in one, the webbing is attached to the hammock and the tri-glide is attached. You go around the tree and then feed the working end back through the tri-glide.

  15. […] poly ropes and replace them with continuous loops of 7/64″ Amsteel. These continuous loops allowed me to use a variety of suspension systems. On the foot end, since the two hammocks converge to a single point, I connected a single loop of […]

  16. […] found that an even simpler solution for infinite adjustability is to skip the soft shackle and just use the end loop on the hammock. A long webbing strap, or a short strap and a long length of Spectra line or Dyneema can then be […]

  17. Mittagsfrost 说:


    Just a little remark: There’s a broken link. Please changehttp://www.arrowhead-equipment.com/hammock-suspension.htmlto

  18. Nathan 说:

    我花了大约2英尺的和弦(如Amsteel),并在我的轩尼诗探险悬架绳上制作了拼写结。然后我把一个扒手挂在拼搏结的循环端。当没有张力时,拼拼接可以沿着悬架绳滑动。一旦施加张力,它就会抓住悬挂绳索并保持紧张。要设置,我缠绕了树上的树木,钩住了我的扒手进入了它们,沿着悬架线滑动拼拼音以拧紧。voila - 仅设置秒。拼票结持续了多年。

    Does anyone else have experience with using prussic knots like this?

    • Derek. 说:

      Great idea! Climbers use prusiks as a self belay device, so what you’re doing isnt uncommon. What’s worrisome is the safety factor. If the prusik were to slip you wouldn’t have a backup. I would also be sure the prusik uses a line safety rated for your weight.

      • Nathan 说:

        I never had the prussic slip. After hanging in my hammock, it sometimes took a bit of effort to get it to slide. It really grabs tight. I wrote Tom Hennessy about it a few years ago, and his response was that they thought it too risky from a marketing point of view. I can see that – you want to make sure there is absolutely no way you can get sued. However, like I said, this worked for me for years. My only caution is that you check your prussic rope regularly. Over time it will wear down due to chafing.

  19. dr 说:


    • Derek. 说:

      我同意你的看法。我们不久前就建造了我们的童子军部队。我使用了5毫米配件绳索,并捆绑双渔夫的结。我们作为经验的一部分,我们在纺织优势徽章上工作。您也可以使用Amsteel并将双重渔夫的结在其中。这就是我最近到了Goblin Valley的旅行所做的。或者,如果您可以通过当地电力公司丢弃Muletape的丢弃作用,可以通过捆绑水结来制作廉价的织带环。我们还将Muletape用作我们的织带带和悬架系统,并使用了Becket Hitch作为安全而易于结。它是最简单的方法之一,不需要任何额外的硬件或昂贵的购买。侦察员已经知道或了解纸张弯曲结,并且Becket挂钩是相同的。

  20. Terry Pittman 说:

    I am new to Hammocks and it is being delivered today. My question is do you really need two Whoopie slings or can I still use the hardware that came with the hammock on one end and use just one whoopee slings to tension the hammock?

    • Derek. 说:

      You don’t need any Whoopie Slings but you will need some type of suspension. And you’ll need suspension on both sides of your hammock. Without knowing more about what hammock you have it will be hard to explain in more detail. In order to balance and center your hammock between your two anchor points you’ll need some type of suspension on both sides, each able to adjust independently.

  21. Terry Pittman 说:

    The hammock is a hennessy expedition asym which comes with the tree straps, and your comment about balancing and center point is dead on, I will make two whoopee slings then and thank you for the very fast response!!

  22. […] modifications occur where the suspension straps connect to the continuous loop. There’s a handful of hardware that can be used to avert knots, making it easier to adjust suspension and add a little bling in […]

  23. 达里克Ogilvie 说:

    Hi Derek! I’m a Derrick too. So I’m just getting immersed in all this (amazing info here, BTW & your book is on it’s way) and I’m planning to put cinch buckles on my old HH Ultralite Backpacker… I’m a fly fisherman so I know a surgeon’s loop very well. Given that, can I simply take the existing HH line and tie a smallish surgeons (is a bowline better?) loop in it close to the hammock and use that? Or do I really need to take apart the end in insert an continuous loop in there? If it’s way more advantageous I’ll do it.

    As for these little loops going forward (I see needing a little bag of them for various things) will the surgeon’s loop/knot work fine, or should I learn another way to tie them? I could get a bunch of CL’s from a site too… but I’m still learning to trust a splice over a knot, haha!

    Anyway, thanks so much for all this amazing information. I’m a convert already just from reading.


    • Derek. 说:

      I wouldn’t use the surgeon knot for a continuous loop. Tie the loop using a double fishermans knot and then attach the loop to the hammock. For the Hennessy, it is easy to remove the end cap where you’ll see how to remove the rope and feed through the new loop. Wrap the loop around and through the holes and back through itself. The end cap can attach back on using a zip tie.

      • Kevin 说:

        If you think you might switch the loop out for something else to try different suspensions, might I suggest using the Zeppelin bend rather than the double fishermans knot, as it is much easier to untie, even after bearing a heavy load. You can also feed through a bight rather than the ends of the rope as the last step in tying the bend to make it easier to untie, much like you show in your Becket hitch how-to video. In my experience, the Zeppelin bend works rather well with webbing and rope/cordage regardless of diameter, although I haven’t tried it with slippery Amsteel/dyneema cord.

  24. 你好..今天出去了,用骡子胶带测试了一只贝克特搭档,以便我制作的新的Amsteel连续循环。我非常兴奋,直到它滑动......看起来它部分融化了AMSteel线路。以为我已经错了,但回家了,重新观看了上面的视频,看起来像是相同的结。任何建议吗?圆形180磅。多个包装可能??

    • Derek. 说:

      Hmm. It shouldn’t have slipped, but the combination of mule tape (which is lubricated) and Amstel (which is really slippery) could be factors. Yet that is what I also use frequently. In fact I’ve been using it the past year and it’s what I use inside my house. Email me directly and send me photos. Let’s figure this out.

  25. […] so I replace them quickly. The end ropes are serviceable but could be replaced with your favorite suspension system. Be sure to pick up a pair of webbing straps (not included) to hang the […]

  26. […] a fan of simple rope loops on the end of my hammocks because they provide the opportunity for many different suspension options. I’m not a fan of the inexpensive spring gate steel hooks that come with so many hammocks […]

  27. […] This strap set is actually a good alternative for beginners who are looking for a fairly easy suspension system that will work with a wide-variety of hammocks. This strap system works best with hammocks that use a continuous loop on the ends of the hammock. […]

  28. Andreas 说:


  29. […] like end loops because they can be used with lots of different suspension options. Lots of versatility. Webbing straps not […]

  30. […] If you are looking to ascend or descend a tree, please follow this safety guide here, or if you are simply looking to build a nice relaxing hammock, there are some useful tips here. […]

  31. […] Looking for a place to relax? You can tie a webbing sling around a tree to create a hammock! […]

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