El Capitan (the largest hunk of exposed granite on the planet):
As someone who is chronically incapable of leaving well enough alone, I’ve been experimenting with two variations:
— I cut pieces of gel shoe insoles and used them as grippers, as PirateSteve described. I like the feel. I have thus far been able to hang with just as much weight as with real Grippers, and the insoles may be more comfortable — I’m still alternating sets with one and then the other to discern if there is a difference. The gel insoles have little indented circles that provide some texture and prevent slippage. I have not yet figured out how to design them in a way that would enable hanging without wrap.
— I cut the velcro cylinder down from two inches wide to about one and a third inches. I reduced the size of the grippers and velcro on the hanging strap commensurately. The smaller size is a better fit for me, while it is still able to support the 10 pounds I’ve been hanging quite comfortably. I might try a slightly larger and slightly smaller size to find my optimal width.
So, have happy T-Day. I know as I’m feasting at the table I’ll be giving thanks for my Captn’s Wench (although probably not audibly, as I don’t want to have to explain it to my mother-in-law.)