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    chris_girard replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    I just like the idea of using both sets of climbing skills to better manage my daily routines with "muscle memory". I know it doesn't really make sense but that is just me :) Most climbers in multiple disciplines tell me that I should keep the methods separate, but I still like the idea of trying to cross-engineer climbing techniques and tools in work conditions. Used to drive my SPRAT instructor crazy doing that.
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    chris_girard replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Thanks for the info.
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    chris_girard replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    I tried the HAAS method and never liked it. If anything, I'll go back to using the hand ascender with foot-loop and foot ascender on other foot. Need to somehow combine my tree climbing skills with SPRAT climbing skills. A HAAS, muticender and even a foot ascender do not meet Industrial Standards.
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    chris_girard replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    What is "adjusted proper" to achieve zero sit-back? How does a climber know this, do you test it out before climbing? These are all things that I am sure I will figure out when I start climbing on the Akimbo, but is good to know beforehand. Thanks.
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    chris_girard replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Thanks Willie. That is what I like to hear.
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    chris_girard replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Don't use a Rope Walker system much. I prefer the Sit-Stand aka Frog Method better. Never try to set my TIP so high that I worry about it breaking, but I have had it happen twice while SRT ascending over the years. Once fell 6', the other time 10'. F*cking stupid mistake each time trusting the size branches that I did. Only thing is that in each time the reason that I went forward with the ascent, is that I knew that I had really good limb below my TIP to mitigate a fall. Still not a good idea to plan on having a TIP break. Also in each case, I came down on my Croll (which as you know, is a toothed cam ascender) and there was ZERO rope damage. Sean, I know that you are more experienced than this, but if climbers are more concerned about damaging their ropes using cam ascenders than they are about having their TIP's break out, than they are really misguided and are listening to the wrong people. Take if from someone who is a 2 time member (though I am not proud of it) of the "Halfway to Hell Club".
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    chris_girard replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    The thing that I have always liked about SRT "Industrial Method" (with a hand ascender and chest ascender, such as a Croll), is the absolute zero sit-back that you have with them. That is why I still use the Croll to self-tend my SRT tree climbing. Changeovers are no big deal for me, as it really doesn't take anymore time for me than it does for some to unclip a chest harness self-tail system. Just wondering, does the Akimbo have "zero sit-back" when you apply tension to it, or is there a little give/slippage in it? Again, this may have already been answered in this thread, but I have not had a chance to read through all the posts. Thanks.
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    chris_girard replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Wow, I should have read this thread a long time ago! The Akimbo REALLY looks incredible. I still have not read through all 1,018 posts...but I will. Have taken a quick looks at some of the YouTube videos and I am truly impressed. Has anyone tried the Akimbo out in industrial applications? I currently have to ascend with a hand ascender and chest ascender on my primary (working) line, and then switch over to descent mode using my Petzl RIG.
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    Thanks for the tip Stig. Those look good. Good luck on the surgery Jay, and yes, please keep us posted. I've had 2 eye surgeries for holes in the retina and the docs fixed it fine each time. Sucks that we have to get old. Who said that these are our golden years?
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    1 Week Ago
    Cute video!
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    01-15-2017
    Great ideas guys, thanks again!
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    01-13-2017
    You're very welcome Levi. I remember that job very well. I am currently working on another article for TCIA that was based on hazardous technical rigging job. I'll let members know when it gets published.
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    01-13-2017
    Thanks for all the help guys, I really appreciate it and will continue to build upon the website.
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    01-12-2017
    So after procrastinating for way too long, I have finally gotten my website up and running. Please check it out and I would appreciate any feedback that would help to make the site better. Thanks. www.girardtreeservice.com
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    12-30-2016
    But it made for the greatest poster ever!!
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    12-27-2016
    I have said it before, but the perfect companion to Fundamentals is Jerry's Working Climber DVD series. It gives you a visual of so many of the topics that are covered in the book, that are just fantastic to see in the work environment. Thank you again Jer for all that you have done for us in the tree care industry!
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    12-27-2016
    The cheapest you can buy Jerry's book for over on Amazon.com is $119.00 Very cheap considering the info in it is priceless!
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    12-24-2016
    It would be nice to read about some of the Euro boring techniques Stig. Too many people still are clueless about them. I think that Jerry could still have an updated climbing section without it being quickly outdated. Especially SRT.
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    12-23-2016
    We'll have to let Jerry answer that one, but you can bet when a revision does come out, it'll be a Bestseller for sure!
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    12-23-2016
    Long live Spartacus!
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    12-22-2016
    I thought that I'd post this video again for those who haven't seen it. The climber did a good job with the rigging to mitigate the hazard. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QALo78jPwrQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    12-21-2016
    Great article Kevin. I too can't understand why so many states are going with charter schools, unless they see a way that it'll save them money? Kevin, if I lived in the Detroit area and had young kids that needed to go to school, I would really see if there was a way to home school them instead of sending them to public schools. I know that this is very hard with most people needing both parents to work, just to make ends meet.
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    12-21-2016
    Thanks for posting the article Kevin. I will have to read it tonight, as I'm actually leaving in a few minutes to go climb in the city today. Should be a warmer day than yesterday. I'm glad that you mentioned kids, as there is no doubt that they will play a huge role in Detroit's future recovery. I watched another good documentary on the Detroit school system hosted by Dan Rather. Here it is below; <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4xypiZ-hqdY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    12-21-2016
    Same here Butch. I own 2. One I use to highlight and keep notes on tips and techniques. The other is my original 1990's hardcover with dust jacket still on it that I bought from Bailey's.
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    12-20-2016
    Maybe not a Detroit like the 50's with the autos, but some other trades skill type of jobs?
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    12-20-2016
    Liberal America because of all the monies that Libs have given towards programs in Detroit, only to have it wasted by officials both in the public and private sector. Like you said Kevin, Detroit workers (many union and non-union) expect "fair" pay to push buttons that robots can do. They lack skill and many lack motivation. I don't know the answer, but I do know that America needs to study the decline of Detroit a lot closer, before we end up busted and bankrupt just like them. Only time will tell, if Detroit will recover, I sure hope that it does.
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    12-20-2016
    BUMP for this thread. It been 5 years since anyone posted on this thread. In that time, I can't even begin to think how many times I looked up something in "The Book." IMO, Still the best tree book out there!
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    12-20-2016
    Many people say that Detroit is the poster child for what Liberal America has become, with many cities heading that way soon. I remember driving through Camden NJ and feeling like I was in a future wasteland of a city.
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  1. Nice to meet you Randy. Sorry it's taken me so long to respond to you, but I haven't been online a lot lately.

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