3 Weeks Ago
Patrick, thanks for the kind words. Having done something for a very long time, though, is no guarantee that a person has an accurate understanding of that subject. Therefore, temper that respect and listening to your gut instincts. Does the statement stand up to closer scrutiny. Misconceptions and bad habits are rampant and constantly on display by many that have been in this line of work for decades.
With few exceptions, the times I have been injured or had something go wrong, I have been able to retrace things to a point I could have avoided that mishap by changing one or more components. More often than not, that change required an additional step or tool to something I was confident in doing, and considered, safe enough. Tree work requires the acceptance that every job, every tree and every day will be different than those that came before. Allow for changes, not only in your tools and methods, but in your beliefs of what is safe. My entire career has been that of a production arborist. I don't have time for things that are superfluous. The tools and techniques I now use bear little resemblance to those I started with. Change can be very good.
OK, enough BS. On your site you state it was inspired in the efforts to teach your apprentice and others. It is a good site and you have done well. But by doing so, you have accepted a burden of responsibility. Videos like this, even of a fun and simple content will take on more importance to some. We are monkeys. Monkey see, monkey do. When you tie a knot, finish it. Always! If that knot could be used for life support make sure that is taken into consideration.
Spurring up a tree with just a flipline is perfectly safe, until it isn't. A choice an inexperienced climber will have a hard time with. You had already gone through the effort of setting a line. It would have been a great time to show the safety and simplicity of a self belay system.
I know there is a lot of resistance in the plaid shirt crowd on the space ranger style arborist helmets. Maybe give some thought to one, it will make you look 10 years younger. :)