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    1 Week Ago
    rbtree replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    The Sierra has had about 4-6 feet fall. But it warmed up last night, freezing level went way up to maybe 9000 feet. Flooding isn't as bad as was predicted. Winds up to 150. All Sierra ski areas closed today. http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/01/08/wind-gusts-top-150-mph-in-sierra/ And the Pioneer Cabin Tree fell.... it was cut to be a drive through in 1880...was almost dead, and, with the wind and flooded soil around it, over she went http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/01/08/pioneer-cabin-tree-falls-in-calaveras-county-during-storm/#.WHMjgTvkZY4.facebook It's supposed to start cooling right about now, and two more waves coming could drop another 4-6 feet of snow, at much lower snow levels. Good news is, the Sierra snow pack and all this rain means the Cali drought is over, for this year at least. Mario's already written about the tree and updated info on the three other drive through trees in the redwoods http://www.mdvaden.com/redwood_drive_through.shtml
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    1 Week Ago
    sierratradingpost.com I get all kinds of stuff there. base layers to outer ski wear.... 40-60% off. Have bought at least 6 pair of Asolo hiking boots for tree work. Retail is 230-270. I've paid as low as 90, never more than 125. Tents, backpacks---- Carhart pants half price..... etc etc even street clothes.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Good idea, muggs, welcome to the TH. One correction, however. That's a bowline, not a running bowline.
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    11-30-2016
    rbtree replied to a thread one handed saw use in Chainsaws!
    Agreed.
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    11-28-2016
    rbtree replied to a thread one handed saw use in Chainsaws!
    As I already know your feelings on one handing (and you know mine), I read replies here first....Saw Mark being discussed--and dissed----was thinking Chisholm. Made no sense. Bridge? Yup, he I can .see--don't think much of his attitude.
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    11-02-2016
    What fun reading this all is!!
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    10-29-2016
    rbtree started a thread Coupla small leaners in MBTV
    A couple small lodgepole pines uprooted in the 10/14 wind storm. Steep driveway meant no crane access. Luckily, there was a well placed pine behind the failures large enough to use for rigging, but kind of small, so we didn't attach the GRCS . Instead, 5-1 mechanical advantage from a set of fiddle blocks provided all the lift we needed. Finished in the near dark, as this was the second job of the day. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NRCCBfxuDeM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    10-24-2016
    rbtree replied to a thread crazy Russian tree cutting in MBTV
    That's lots better, Stephan..... great balance and finesse.... nothing crazy though, just competent and skilled. Let's see more.... By the way, to you and all Housers, Cowboy Dave, who has been seen here now and then over the years in images of mine, has prostate cancer, which he is beating. It's very easy to beat, if caught early and given proper care.
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    10-24-2016
    rbtree replied to a thread Extreme method in MBTV
    Yeah, I guess, welcome... which I did acknowledge even as I laid into him.... the eye candy is welcome.... I'd best be tactful, they might be related.....
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    10-24-2016
    rbtree replied to a thread Extreme method in MBTV
    Yes. You are young (and dumb and full of cum, most likely.) Wise up, young fella, educate yourself, and you can still be a thrill seeker. You could live to be old and wise...and have fun doing it, like me... At 67, I have done scads of ballsy things, way more than you have yet to think up or try. You can too. But do NOT do anything as dumb as cutting an intentional barberchair again.
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    10-24-2016
    rbtree replied to a thread Extreme method in MBTV
    Some education is in order. Start here: https://www.google.com/search?q=youtube+barberchair&oq=youtube+barberchair&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i64.20824j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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    10-24-2016
    rbtree replied to a thread Extreme method in MBTV
    Further, if worried about damage, climb higher. Lower larger section first, off the smaller. Aspen, even poplar, can be worked from 10-15 cm stems safely.....
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    10-24-2016
    rbtree replied to a thread Extreme method in MBTV
    Yikes...May I suggest you NEVER do that again! As well, there's ways to control the speed of hinge failure.
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    10-24-2016
    rbtree replied to a thread Extreme method in MBTV
    Welcome! So, what's the story..... death wish, or (not so well thought out) barberchair demonstation....
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    10-21-2016
    Have to wait for Al, but that accident makes no mention of the man actually working on the tree. It may have fallen of its own accord......
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    10-16-2016
    Not so fast.... I like and run 192's, and run them hard...thought one of them was nearing end of life, due to it not being pro grade. I was wrong, as all it needed was a carb tweak... FWIW, I port their mufflers, which, allows them to produce gobs more power, if fact, almost as fast as a 200 in small wood, say, under 10", it does allow them to run cooler, which can extend a saw's life. As well, I've never bought one new, and so have always paid way less than half the cost of a 200/201. Umlike most homeowner grade saws, the 192 is a winner...and why I've never gotten a pro grade $450 150.... Granted, personally, I have no other homeowner grade saws....
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    10-01-2016
    Tim, I got it on a couple day sale from B&H..or Adorama, I forget which, for an ungodly $189!!!! Canon has an 8-15 zoom, at ~$1250. I also just got a Rokinon 24 f/1.4, especially for astrophotography, which I've only just started playing with.. Tests show that, it compares with the Canon, at $1000 less....better in some areas, worse in some....Both lenses are fully manual with no electronic contacts... easy enough to use, however..... In my film days, as I shot slides, I never did any darkroom work.....
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    10-01-2016
    I declare, Mario, that Stump Face Guy looks to be on more than coffee... like maybe some danged good herb...love it!!!
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    10-01-2016
    Thanks....definitely couldn't achieve that much detail with the III's 22 mp sensor...... 1/2 second no problem as long as you used mirror lockup and a delay.... Which lens did you use? I'm quite happy with my 16-35 f/4, clearly a substantial improvement over the 17-40, which still hasn't sold.... I did note that the 16-35 f/2.8 III was just announced, coming 10/6, and a few maybe available that day for a bit of a deal... but at a MAP of $2199, methinkx I'll pass ..... http://www.canonpricewatch.com/blog/2016/09/first-day-street-price-on-ef-16-35mm-f2-8l-iii-usm/ I occasionally get good results from my 24-105 f/4, but may at some time upgrade to the 24-70 2.8 II as I know it is exceptionally good.... I'm always impressed by the version II of the 70-200.... Also seriously considering the Tamron 150-600 version II which was just released.... at $1400, a lot cheaper than the Sigma Sport..and optically just as good, reports claim.... won't be as capable as my old 500 when fitted with teleconverters... but it may be sharper than the 500...and, or course, a lot lighter and smaller.....
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    09-30-2016
    Agreed, Jer.... I have the book "Kinsey, Photographer" Especially love the images by and stories of the 20x24 view camera and the smaller, but still huge 12x16...... the large one required him to be on a 12 foot ladder!!
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    09-30-2016
    Awesome, Mario!! I recall you bringing up this possibility before! I'm headed back to Vancouver Is in a couple weeks for my 49-50th HS Reunion....will miss Reg this time... but won't miss getting to see what is now the largest WRC in the world, since the Quinault Cedar fell, no less than 33 days after I was underneath it taking pics with my new 8mm fisheye.... Here's a slide show from my Olympic peninsula trip several images of the Q cedar...and the awesome Nolan Creek Cedar, now number 2 after the Carmanah Walbran Cheewhat Cedar. The Nolan cedar is also 95% dead, but appears sound enough to stand for centuries. Hope so, it is stupendous and a joy and breeze to photograph, standing alone surrounded by 30 year old firs not yet 50 feet tall.... https://www.flickr.com/photos/rbtree/albums/72157669030536131/show In this fisheye image, one can see the small hemlock leaning into the Quinault Cedar. I doubt it was adding much pressure to the cedar, but it would be interesting to go see in what direction the cedar failed....it is now about 20 feet tall.... And the Nolan Creek Cedar
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    09-30-2016
    rbtree replied to a thread Full skip or semi-skip in Chainsaws!
    Clever bloke.... now how bout that warped record on the turntable......
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    09-30-2016
    rbtree replied to a thread Full skip or semi-skip in Chainsaws!
    Buy 100 feet of each.... Here's what I run: full comp on up to 25"... semi skip, sometimes 25 and to 28.. full skip 28 or 32 and up....... I do run .404 on the 3120, which normally sports 42 or 43" bars.... full skip, Square chisel on all.... it can be hand filed or with a Silvey square grinder, or easily converted to round filed.... which should be a 13/64th file, not 7/32..... By the way, race saw users run full comp.. as it is proven fastest.... until bar lengths get longer... the only reasons why it is slower on longer bars is due to reduced mass and the chip clearance problems....
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    09-29-2016
    No. The 192 is not strato... I hate the EZ start homeowner nonsense. After one flew apart, I bought two complete starter assemblies without the EZ BS from an arbsite buy and sell fella. Mpore betta! and a couple ounces lighter! A muff mod is all 192's need to perk right up. They're gutless stock. Raj, If you've used it a lot, it might be wearing out. 192's aren't designed to last as many hours as a pro 200/201
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    09-20-2016
    rbtree replied to a thread Wood stove heat in Odds and Ends
    It's 44 here in McCall, Idaho...I'm parked in front of a free wi-fi, whilst uploading images from yesterday. Sunrise isn't fabulous so Im not missing much. Forgot and left the inverter on all night, charging my electric cooler and two camera batteries all night. lucky I have two batteries--the truck barely started. i could use a fire, but none are too be had...well besides firing up the backpacking stove or turning on the engine....on my way in a few as soon as the last images upload to facebook. Here's the pics https://www.flickr.com/photos/rbtree/albums/72157674043861736 On my way home from the Boise ISA conference and TCC...Some of those images are here.. https://www.flickr.com/photos/rbtree/albums/72157672721921910
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    09-19-2016
    As well, the sling was timber hitched, which, while not optimal, is acceptable if the sling isn't long enough to be tied with a cow hitch, was way too loose. The log appears to have been pine, which isn't overly heavy. Perhaps the line was old and had been subjected to numerous shock loads. That line, due to its nylon core, has more stretch than our normal sem-static double braid lines, and should have been able to easily handle that log...which I'd guess weighed a mere 600 lb, if in fact it was pine.... Here's a cool DWT technique, which uses one line, unlike your twin system double rigging https://vimeo.com/151423410 Mistahbenn commented on the blog, but he is wrong..... the system does work at greatly reducing loading, especially at the lowering device....and block smashing isn't as bad as it appears, plus that can be mitigated by moving the block to the side a bit. http://www.climbingarborist.com/blog.php
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    09-18-2016
    Nice exercise, Jedi.. I'm coming back your way 10-14 for the real HS Reunion... and, if you ask nicely, I might just offer you a ride on the Wraptor.....:D
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    09-15-2016
    Right on, Ger!! Ed also has two Alpine Magnum stumpers, or did, iirc....I have a knock off (from Bailey's) Hobbs block, with the giant 5" sheave, which is the cat's meow for big loads.... I know of Russ...Cowboy Dave, featured in many of my images over the years, did some work for him... and a great image of his crew at work made the Wesspur catalog cover a few years back. Who was the young fella, Dave Stice?..... Ask Russ if he knows anything about a 13 foot diameter sequoia that was craned out a few months back, in the Bellingham area... Ness Crane estimator told me a bit about it... I'm in Boise..the next two days are the PNW ISA TCC..it will be my third comp in 20 days that I've shot...... just rolled in, posting from Starbucks, and going to head over to the comp site, and tuck in, in the back of my canopied Toyota..... staying for the whole conference.. camping for cheap with wifi and showers....looking to head up into the mountains a ways tomorrow nite to look for a cool foreground to shoot the full moon... I can put two tripods to good use, I'm hoping. The last three hours of my drive, I was looking right at the almost full moon, what a sight!!
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    09-13-2016
    Removal of two large poplar, plus a few "sprouts", which ranged from 10 inches in diameter to 20 and up to 70 feet tall or so. Day one produced two full loads of chips--about 36 yards... We will have Marilyn's Recycle pick the junky wood with their grapple truck.. and they can grab the butts, so we won't have to face them up to drop them. Today, we are going to try to remove the chain link fence with a Sawzall and wire cutters--afraid it might be grown in in places, which will mean we won't be able to stump grind those area--I will poison the stumps first before stump grinding... gotta stop the ubiquitous sprouting of these worthless weed trees.Day 2 was another 2 full loads of chips..finished today, 9/12... dropped the rest of the wood, and the grapple truck got it, and "craned" the butts. 2 truckloads of wood..... These poplars were super dense and brushy, probably why they were only about 110 feet tall, if that....it did make for some mighty long cuts, many of which brushed obstacles on their way down.... no harm, no foul though. There are other poplar albums on my flickr page..and youtube.... including the biggies which were 148 feet tall, 5, 6, and 7 ft at ground level, which with two climbers and 4 working the ground, we had down to the sticks in 1.67 days. Craned the wood in a few routine and easy hours another day. $11800 labor..might have included the small crane bill, I don't recall. I'd guess we produced close to 150 yards of chips that time!! <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XS2_RBgkAE4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    09-10-2016
    I've been taking lots of trips lately, so am working today. We're halfway through a removal of more damned Lombardy Poplar weed trees.... Produced 36 yards of chips from the first group yesterday, and doing the rest today...will leave the lower sticks up for the grapple truck to grab while we cut the butts, saves facing them up. Thickest canopies I can recall with poplars, and only 100-110 feet tall for that reason, I assume... Will get a time lapse vid today.... Just back from Indy, spent three days there shooting JAMBO, burned 2500 images onto film....errr, you know.... took ages to edit everything. Met scads of great climbers, what a blast, thanks Nick Bonner, for trading me gear credit for my plane ticket!! I'm off Wednesday to Boise for our ISA chapter conference and two day TCC, which will be the third TCC I've shot in 20 days....! Getting arthritis in my trigger finger....heh heh
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    09-10-2016
    Craning of a cedar, tall but small fir, and a behemoth--150 feet tall, which produced over 2600 board feet! About 1000 board feet more than I guessed. We dropped the butt log, with the self loader nudging it, to save crane tim and due to the weight, which had to have been close to 10000 lb. It was 27 feet long, and 32" inside the bark, and 1220 board feet by itself!! After, I led the log trucker to another job, which had about 1500 board feet of crooked, knotty Douglas-fir.. which saved having to firewood it, made for close to a 5000 board foot load, and should add a bit to the bottom line... <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zWrolSpLZ9o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Watch on YT, HD and full screen....
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    09-10-2016
    Get a security bit set from Harbor Freight. Gets you into any box... I drop phone lines at the house and cable at the pole... as its usua;;y easier than dealing with all the staples on the house.
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    08-31-2016
    rbtree replied to a thread Jambo Videos in Announcements!!!
    Slacker.....now I'm going and you're....... ...not... My heart is sad..... I leave in 60 hours..... better get packing, eh.....!? Excited for the event and meeting everyone!! Got a couple big firs to remove tomorrow and Friday before the plane ride to Jambo Fri evening..... they're not the best logs, but we have ACDeucy Crane coming a week from Thursday, to pick three sticks on a job that I'm helping Pat on the day before.... I get back from Jambo at like midnight on the day after Labor Day.... and have other work as well, so we gotta be ready as I want to get the log truck in to both sites on Thursday after the craning is done...plus, there's a fir on a third job that I'm going to do today, in case there's room on the log truck for it. If not, it will just be firewood.
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    08-31-2016
    Nice capture, Mario! With the new 5DR? I've been doing some simple astrophotography recently...to add to more basic night shots of moonlit landscapes...... I'm looking for a used Rokinon 24 f/1.4 to lower the ISO and keep exposure times optimal in order to freeze stars, when that effect is desired, as opposed to star trails....I've bought a Rokinon 8 mm fisheye, which creates a 180 degree field of view, circular, with the FF bodies, or ~130 with the crop body....fun to play with, for sure.... Check my images on flickr or facebook.... you can see images of what are now the #2 and #4 WR cedars...along with the former champ, taken a bit over a month before it failed.... Really impressed with the improvements of the 7D II over the I.... and now that the 5D IV is about ready to ship, I'm jonesing for one, as the spec's are impressive.... 4K vid at 30 fps..... 7 fps motor drive=fast enough for a 30 mp sensor!...but I'll prolly wait a year or so, or until the good deals start showing up, assuming they do...
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    08-30-2016
    Gotta go to work soon, more later, if I can find the time. Jed, I think you know George Coronado, who had a great climb in the Master's Challenge. Could have beaten the perennial champ, Robert Bundy, imo. and congrats to George Tripp, Willie!! He also made the MC, and had a good climb.... Over 300 images here: https://www.facebook.com/roger.barnett.96/media_set?set=a.10208959701682530.1073741908.1015832528&type=3&pnref=story I'm flying to Jambo Friday to shoot the event, the largest TCC in the world! And then to Boise for the PNW Chapter comp.
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