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    chris_girard replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Still can't wait to buy one when they become available.
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    Talking about age and climbing. How many of you guys remember Eugene D. Hendrickson who worked as a line clearance tree trimmer for many, many years in California? He climbed well into his seventies. He wrote a great book about his years of climbing. Its called CLIMBING TREES CAN BE FUN...SOMETIMES. The book has long been out of print, but I just checked Amazon.com and it looks there are 2 copies available somewhere. Here's a link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_adv_b/?search-alias=stripbooks&unfiltered=1&field-keywords=climbing+trees+can+be+fun...sometimes&field-author=&field-title=&field-isbn=&field-publisher=&node=&field-p_n_condition-type=&p_n_feature_browse-bin=&field-age_range=&field-language=&field-dateop=During&field-datemod=&field-dateyear=&sort=relevanceexprank&Adv-Srch-Books-Submit.x=0&Adv-Srch-Books-Submit.y=0
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    Thanks Muggs for sharing and I agree with what others here have said. We can all learn from this to make ourselves better and safer tree workers.
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    1 Week Ago
    Love the video Reg, thanks for sharing. Quick question on your Portable Winch. Are you using the small drum for more power, or the larger drum for more speed?
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    1 Week Ago
    Me too Jer! Count me in. There is not a better book, or a nicer person that I would want to donate funds too.
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    1 Week Ago
    Same here squish.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    chris_girard replied to a thread New Zigzag in Climbing Forum
    Incredibly smooth.
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    chris_girard replied to a thread New Zigzag in Climbing Forum
    So here are some photos of how I use my Petzl Zigzag for SRT work. Again, this is not approved by Petzl, but I am not worried about my RopeWrench blowing up and the Zigzag seeing a shock load. I have found that a short tether is best to use (around 9"). Also, use a stainless steel bolt and lock nut and washer in place of a biner to connect the tether to the Zigzag. This keeps the tether stiff with zero flip-flopping around like you get if you used a biner.
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    04-17-2017
    chris_girard replied to a thread New Zigzag in Climbing Forum
    I use my ZigZag on SRT all the time. I will get some photos up and posted tomorrow and explain my setup as well.
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    04-17-2017
    chris_girard replied to a thread Gear Obsession in Gear Forum
    I couldn't agree more Jer. Thanks Butch and everyone else who makes this such a great website!
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    04-14-2017
    chris_girard replied to a thread New Zigzag in Climbing Forum
    I love my Zigzags. I run one on doubled rope and one on SRT. No issues with either one.
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    04-14-2017
    Happens to me all the time Reg.
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    04-03-2017
    Awesome work!
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    04-01-2017
    chris_girard replied to a thread Solo Tree Work in Climbing Forum
    Great work and video Reg...as usual. I have no problem working solo and have done so for many years. Two years ago, I took on a fulltime worker, due to the number of jobs that I had been getting that required a ground worker. Glad that I did, because now I can mentor a young climber the way that I would have liked to have had someone do for me.
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    03-31-2017
    Thanks Marc and yes it was very gear intensive, but we run into these types of jobs every now and then.
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    03-31-2017
    Thanks Jomo, and hands down the Hobbs is the best lifting/lowering device out there, and I mean no disrespect to Greg Good, or anyone else. Thank you Ed Hobbs!
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    03-30-2017
    Thank you very much guys.
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    03-28-2017
    Thanks guys. I know that some will ask, why not use a crane? There was no way a crane could have fit in this small summer place, high in the hills and no way a bucket truck would have worked. This whole area got hit with winds that were clocked at over 100 mph. We have much more storm work like this coming up. I will try to post the jobs as we do them.
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    03-28-2017
    We actually needed 3 devices to lift the tree off the house. We used the Hobbs H2 for the first DWT, which was mounted to a tree on the left side. Then we had the GRCS mounted on a tree to the right to control side drift and provide additional lift. The 3rd was the Portable Winch setup with a DWT directly behind the tree that was on/in the house to give us even more lift. All 3 support trees needed to be guyed back, due to the high rigging points that were needed to give me good fairleads to the contact point on the ridge of the roof. Between the rigging and my climb lines, we had nearly 1,400' of rope in the trees. I had 3 ground workers, who were each managing one of the devices. When we started the lift, the tree would not budge. The tree was calculated from the Green Log Weight Chart to weigh around 7,500 lbs and we had approx. 10,000lbs of lift on the tree and nothing was happening. I was like "What the f*ck, why isn't this pig lifting?" All of a sudden there was a loud pop, and a section of the roof, along with the tree slowly lifted up about 2'. Evidently there were some branch stubs up high that I could not see that were caught in the attic on the roof rafters. One of my ground workers said what do we do? I said keep cranking on the Hobbs, the tree will lift along with the roof until its high enough to slide off the tree and land back in place...or so I hoped. Well, long story short, it did just that and we were able to ease off the GRCS and Portable Winch and side-drift it clear of the roof.
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    03-28-2017
    Oh yeah, cold and windy. Had to wait a day to do the planned lift because winds were blowing over 30 mph. Winds were light the day we did the lift, but another snowstorm rolled in.
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    03-28-2017
    Some more. I will go in to detail on how the rigging was done for this job when I have a little more time.
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    03-28-2017
    We are still busy here in NH taking care of storm cleanup from the blizzard that we had 2 weeks ago. Tons of rigging work.
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    03-28-2017
    I have 2 of my own slings setup just like this Kevin and I have one CO who has decades of experience with tree work. He does not like to use them, but will as long as they are used in pairs. I have other (younger, less experienced) CO's that I use sometimes and we have used them by themselves with no issues. IMO, its all about proper balance-point-rigging in setting up the pick.
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    03-28-2017
    Very rough indeed and the sling looked like shit as well.
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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.

    I live just up the road from Shellcamp pond.

    Glad spring is finally here!
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    Chris,
    just wanted to send a quick message to ya' to say hello.
    Didn't know anyone from the 'House lived so close, I've done some
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