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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Yes, but only very occasionally... like once every couple years... if you are doing it on a regular basis, your rigging game could use some improvement... If the groundie had let that piece run it could have killed the climber.... 6" to 6' would have been disastrous...
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Wow that was scary to watch, he almost got killed twice! used a couple of his cat lives for sure. All I can say is at least he fessed up to doing something that almost got him killed, and he's put it out there in super slow motion for us all to see. That takes something. But, there were ways he could have avoided it. Hopefully it is a learning experience for him and for people who watch it.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Yeah, our Isuzu has an 8'6" x 6' bed...we stuck the slide on camper on it on Friday...headed out to the mountains for some snow, then to the west coast for some salt air and sand, then through the rolling dairy country, past the big trees and ended up in a temperate rain forest gorge by a river...all in three days. Gotta love Tassie. Bob's homemade solid fuel heater worked a treat inside the camper, kept us nice and warm. Then back at work today, cutting down an old cherry plum, hit nails at 8' with the polesaw then got nails at ground level inside the tree for both the 461 and the 260...I'll be sharpening chains tomorrow.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    At some point, some time you will slip or have a small branch break and you will drop into your system...it will happen, the important thing to remember is to always keep your system snug, don't let a lot of slack get into it. That way, when the inevitable happens it will be minor, a little heart stopping and pulse racing for a moment, but your system will catch you before you go too far, and usually all that is bruised is your ego. ^^^^ I thoroughly agree with Bob in the post above mine! Take your time, especially now while you are learning. There is so much that you can do with a really good handsaw (Silky) that there is plenty of time to practice climbing and then add cutting with the handsaw, get more confident, then if you feel you need to, add the chainsaw (after some training!) I hear you on the struggle to advance up the tree by throwing your lanyard, or main line...it can be very tiring. One of the best ways to get past that is to set a high TIP from the start, either with your throwbag or use a Big Shot (did they show you that?) It took me a while to get more fluid at advancing up the tree with changeovers, then I discovered the high starting TIP set with a Big Shot and oh boy did it make a difference!
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    8 Hours Ago
    Never ate duck...
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    8 Hours Ago
    The magic number for me is 16', but you need a one ton to haul it. Nowadays, it seems like everyone and their mother is driving around in a one ton, or at least a 3/4.
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  • ruel's Avatar
    8 Hours Ago
    French cheese, baguette, duck confirm, tomato salad, and coconut soup. Neighbors were clean coming out the fridge before heading out for a trip!
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    8 Hours Ago
    Never wear blinders... Work with a Tiger's eye!
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  • Sgriff's Avatar
    8 Hours Ago
    Very well said Butch,I have moved out of the impact zone last minute multiple times. You gotta visualize the reaction to your actions!
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  • pantheraba's Avatar
    8 Hours Ago
    The ARE rare...still looking here. Thanks...I thought I remembered it was 8 feet. Trying to hold out for the jewel that has to be out there somewhere.
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    8 Hours Ago
    He could have safely gone that big if he would have rigged it differently. FTR, I woulda watched it and jumped around to the other side of the tree. Don't EVER let yourself be "stuck" in a position. ALWAYS be ready to GTF outta Dodge, FAST.
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  • mdvaden's Avatar
    8 Hours Ago
    Ah ... you answered the 3rd question I was going to add, but didn't. About the size. I was wondering if some guys like him go too large to impress on-camera, or maybe just out of habit and time-saving.
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    No and yes. The groundie should have let it run more, no matter what property damage occured. And the climber shoulda rigged it out in smaller pieces.
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  • Burnham's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    Tough.
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  • MasterBlaster's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    That's what everyone who saw it is saying.
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  • Burnham's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    Burnham replied to a thread Gecko Climbers in The Trading Post
    :lol:
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  • Burnham's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    Totality was amazing. I've seen 95% or so once in the late 1970's, and yes it was underwhelming. This was a true magic event. One of the very top tier experiences of my life.
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  • mdvaden's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    About 45 seconds or so, is that guy cutting as close to his rope as it looks? Once, if not twice? Next question ... past 11:00 when it shows the section swinging around and almost whacking his head, then the trunk, should a good ground person have held the rope tight as shown, or seen the problem coming and released a good amount of rope when it was still on the opposite side?
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