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    20 Hours Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread want to buy spikes in The Trading Post
    I always wrap the shank...Stephen can you point me in the right direction for 'angled shin cup pads with straps?' Ta
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    21 Hours Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Caught up on organizing receipts for taxes...laid out in the sun for a bit...ate a pie from the bakery...might go for a walk now. Garden Club is having an open gardens in our Village this weekend, neighbour across the road is one of them. Have to make an effort at least to have ours neat, roses are doing well...grass is cut. Might put the truck and chipper out on the nature strip with some biz cards, bit of free advertising. Stitches come out Thursday.
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    21 Hours Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Swivel on bridge? in Climbing Forum
    My VT hitch never caused twist...mainly I switched to a swivel because as I spin and twist around and through the tree on my travels to work it, I would get a twist in my bridge and have to execute a spin or have to loop the end of my climb line over myself... Yes, a ring would take up a bit of the twist but not all. I liked the idea of a swivel, I tried it, I liked it, I'm keeping it.
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    21 Hours Ago
    Nice one! I always like the pics of the clean and tidy site after all the mess is gone :)
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    1 Day Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Swivel on bridge? in Climbing Forum
    Single line, love my swivel.
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    4 Days Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Gosh Stephen, bee careful with those big limbs...not sure if you'll manage the cut and hold!
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    4 Days Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread want to buy spikes in The Trading Post
    I had Bashlins from day 1...then had a pair of Climb Rights when I moved overseas and did NOT like them, they never fit right...went back to Bashlins. Tree gaffs. Need some better pads, but the Velcro ones I've tried so far are too big...
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    5 Days Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Here's a hug Jim (*)
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    5 Days Ago
    Well put, I agree. I especially like your line, 'I love trees but I'm not a tree-hugger'. Ditto
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    6 Days Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Swivel on bridge? in Climbing Forum
    Seriously, check the use and safety info that comes with a regular swivel. I had a Petzl one to start with and it SPECIFICALY says and shows not to load it across a hard point in the middle. just like being on a branch hey. For sure Gary! The DMM ones are really nice, bendy and swively...you can see the different sizes of the available shackles, and the fixed side. A large shackle will accept two biners, the small one only one. The fixed green ring comes with a removable spacer, had to take it out to get the HH biner to fit.
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    6 Days Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Keyless entry on cars in Odds and Ends
    Yes!! We called them rabbit ears...
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    That's an interesting question...anecdotally I would say yes....I seem to feel it more here, on a cold day where the cysts are hurts! and now with summer coming things seem a bit easier. But there is more going on that is beyond my control, genetics and gender and...age. I could say that all the years in Bermuda I never had issues, but who's to say if I was still there now...at this age, I wouldn't be in the same boat. With the warmth I wouldn't feel it as much but still...
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Arthritic changes apparently... There is a bone spur in there too. Working hands.
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Swivel on bridge? in Climbing Forum
    I have two bridges, and each one has a swivel...and it works really well for me. I have no issues with keeping my HH and hitch lined up. I have been using them for almost a year with great results. If indeed the whole lot does twist, it is a matter of seconds or less to twist it back. What I do like is when I have to swivel myself around and through things, a quick visual check of my HH and hitch and the whole lot has followed me, a quick twist and it's all oriented again, no twisted bridges or having to perform a circular dance in the air to untwist things. I tried the 'fixed' swivel first, one that only twists in one plane, and then I noticed on the included paperwork that it should NOT be loaded where the length of it is against a hard point, like if you were leaning against a branch and the top and bottom parts of the swivel were sticking out free and the middle bit was taking the load! I then switched to the DMM nexus and focus (could be wrong on the name of the focus)...anyhow, the main thing is they have shackles top and bottom that allows the swivels to 'bend'... You can pretty much 'build' them the way you want them, fixed top or bottom, shackle top or bottom...or both.
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Finishing up some small jobs, and sending out invoices. I've got three weeks off starting tomorrow, have to have some minor surgery on my hand, cysts coming out of a finger joint. They are painful when you knock them and could rupture with not nice consequences, so time to have them dealt with. Had a good October what with the private school and council, so time to relax, we'll probably take the camper and go away for a few days too, Hartz Mountains, do a bit of beginner bushwalking. Thanks to you folks, having the time to let my shoulder heal at the beginning of the year, enabled me to be able to work well these last few months and cruise through some time off...THANK-YOU...again :)
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    1 Week Ago
    I can see the pictures...and I get what you are saying! Freshly wind-blown trees are DANGEROUS. There is so much potential energy stored in the stump that right at that moment when they are cutting all the top weight off...BANG up it goes. People in general really have no idea what is about to happen. I did some training for the Regiment about three months after a hurricane, the windblow I had them working on still had enough energy in them to give them a decent idea of how quickly they can move when you make that one critical cut.
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    1 Week Ago
    WOW!!! Scary! I always install my bail out option once I reach the top of a palm...had rats run out before, and cockroaches...but that fire, especially seeing it rip up the trunk like that :O:O
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    1 Week Ago
    'inverted dutchman'....I've been doing that sort of cut with short bars for years, you might have invented a name, but not the technique...and yes, all it does is shorten the hinge. Actually quite a useful sequence of cuts when you are way up top on spikes and can't be bothered to send down for a bigger saw (or you are a tiny tree surgeon and are using the biggest one you've got already...) Wouldn't go quite that deep on the sides though, just enough to allow the short bar to do the job. As for the incomplete bore cut and release a few pages back, well, that's all it is.
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    1 Week Ago
    Haha! Now that made me laugh :lol: I've got ear crickets pretty much all the time, like a constant crackly hiss...then those high pitched squeals every now and then, must be the little Japanese men in my head tuning up the system orrr sumptin'. I put it down to years of droning marine diesel engines...all those long hrs of motor sailing, and fishing. I don't really pay much attention to it so it doesn't bother me too much. My overall hearing is still good, did one of those tests in the visiting hearing clinic van a couple years ago, nothing much to note apparently. One side it a bit worse than the other. Might be different now I've passed the 50 barrier...things seem to break down a lot more quickly now...
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread First Hitchhiker Climb in Gear Forum
    Try everything at least once...you'll figure out what works best for your setup.
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    1 Week Ago
    Yes, you will get it stuck from time to time... but at least if you happen to bend a pole you can get a replacement...been there done that. Did it just like Sean said, got it stuck in the bit coming down and when it hit the ground it bent one of the poles.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread First Hitchhiker Climb in Gear Forum
    Hey, great update :) I deal with the multiple biners by having two bridges, and each bridge has its own swivel for the attachment, the DMM ones that have shackles so they flex in most dimensions. I'm also a fan of a long lanyards. Haven't had to throw a bag for ages...would be a sight to see if I do.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread Pet Peeves and Hangups in Odds and Ends
    When you say stack the branches so we can pick them up later, wouldn't you assume they would be facing the same way? Butt ends together!! Superfluous apostrophes...and people using 'I' when it should be 'me' and thinking they sound smart and educated...
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