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    1 Week Ago
    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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    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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    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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    1 Week Ago
    Happens to me all the time Reg.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Awesome work!
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    3 Weeks Ago
    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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    3 Weeks Ago
    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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    3 Weeks Ago
    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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    3 Weeks Ago
    Thank you very much guys.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    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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    3 Weeks Ago
    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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    3 Weeks Ago
    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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    3 Weeks Ago
    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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    3 Weeks Ago
    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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    3 Weeks Ago
    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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    3 Weeks Ago
    Very rough indeed and the sling looked like shit as well.
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    03-16-2017
    Amen to that Jer!
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    02-22-2017
    I'm curious about the hardware setup that JB Holdway's tether setup that he is using hear for his traverse. Is it a Petzl Grigri and Petzl Basic (handle ascender) boltd to a Petzl Fixe Pulley? Looks like a sweet traverse setup. DMM Captain Hook is way too pricey though IMO. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NauRUZ4mvGo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    02-21-2017
    Way to go August! I wish you the best with the saddle and want to say thank you for helping to advance our industry through new ideas.
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    02-16-2017
    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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    02-16-2017
    chris_girard replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Thanks for the info.
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    02-16-2017
    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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    02-16-2017
    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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    02-16-2017
    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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    02-16-2017
    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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    02-16-2017
    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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  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.

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    Chris,
    just wanted to send a quick message to ya' to say hello.
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