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    21 Hours Ago
    DMc replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    People shouldn't take me too seriously. I just sometimes see things differently than everyone else. I am good with your explanation but just for the sake of discussion, what makes a Distel a Distel and not a Tautline, or a Schwabish a Schwabish and not just a Prusic?
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    22 Hours Ago
    DMc replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    It is the HH knot. No other knot terminates into a floating dog bone. Depending on the rope and hitch cord used it will work with just 3 or 4 wraps too and still grab every time.
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    1 Day Ago
    DMc replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    Very cool! I am actually amazed when someone doesn't rave about the HH. Hitch cords types and the number of wraps can make big changes in how it works but so can small adjustments in the length of tails. When you first set it on the line it should be so tight that it is difficult to move. Sit back on it with a firm bounce and then pull the tail to release it. Do it again. If it feels right, climb, if not, readjust and do the setting process again. Most times that will stabilize the hitch enough that it will remain the same through the entire climb.
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    2 Days Ago
    And I would like to see your set up also. Too many people have built around us in the last few years and we miss the solitude.
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    2 Days Ago
    Haha! You guys are over thinking it. I am moving the wood from job sites in fireplace lengths and calculate what I charge based on that. In essence, getting paid for possessing my own firewood.
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    2 Days Ago
    No. We live in Montana and do all our heating and cooking with wood. We use a lot of wood and get paid for doing so. We also don't plow through work on the scale that most here do, so our volume of wood processed is not monstrous but is commiserate to our needs. You know, work to live...not live to work.
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    6 Days Ago
    This.^ Using the most compact knot that you can get to function smoothly and reliably will in most cases give the least amount of set-back. Set-back is not much of a problem in an MRS but is in an SRS.
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    1 Week Ago
    DMc replied to a thread The MS150 Has Arrived in Chainsaws!
    One of the things that I really like about the MS 150 is the ultra smooth and clean cutting micro chain that it uses.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    The problem with discussions of this sort is that it will invariably come around to "them vs us". No one person can change the world but it is each and every one of us, individually, that have created the world we live in. If you want a better world be a better person. That is all it would take and is really that simple. It is the choices that we make that have given power to those that now control our lives.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    OK, thanks for that. It made what you are saying clear, good job. So, you have been successfully climbing SRT with this setup?
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Brocky, the pictures are great but would it be possible to make a short video of the hitch in action? No problem if you can't. I find this interesting but I'm having trouble visualizing it in action.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    That sounds like more work and more complicated than is needed. I think that I would just hang a block or a ring-and-ring that would make switching between a climbing line and a retrieval rope easy to do. As strong as those bolts are, they are not designed with side-loading in mind. How big is the wood at your work station?
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    4 Weeks Ago
    That looks cool!
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  • DMc's Avatar
    09-08-2017
    DMc replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    Not much, but the roller is a consumable part that does need replacing periodically. Not wearing much is not the same as virtually indestructible. For rough and tumble tree work, the Hitch Hiker rules.
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    09-08-2017
    I am saving that recipe, Stig. It sounds real nice, thanks.
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    09-07-2017
    DMc replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    I'm betting that there never will be a rope-working tool that will be more rugged, safe or last longer than the HH.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    09-02-2017
    Not so much. Great skill and knowledge is far too often used with an arrogance that can inhibit or close an inquisitive mind. I personally have zero patience with people that wield knowledge as a weapon.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    09-02-2017
    The truth is that any TIP that you would choose and feel safe with for DdRT will also be safe with a base tied SRT system and often can be made safer by changing force vectors, as Kevin stated, to align with the strongest structure that the tree has to offer. It is not complicated but does require some thought if it is to be used safely, as does everything else we do.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    08-31-2017
    When you lean on a walking stick, you are loading the wood fibers in compression. Think of how strong a wooden arrow is to withstand the force of being shot from a bow and then slamming into a target and yet how easy it is to break when you bend it sideways. This is true of all wood fiber regardless of tree species or structure or whether you climb it SRT or DdRT.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    08-30-2017
    It is very hard to break a branch when it is loaded in compression so always strive for this as you work a tree. When you set your line from the ground, know exactly what it is set on. Use binoculars if you need to. Be concerned with movement within the canopy when you load test your rope. Movement of that sort is almost always due to a lateral load force.
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    08-29-2017
    DMc replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Like I said, there will not be one perfect climbing tool for all climbers. Saddles, boots, ropes and saws, same thing. It does sound like the Akimbo is ill-suited to your needs, but as with the aforementioned items, it does not reflect a lack of quality or design deficiency. With that understanding, I would like to point out a few things that you stated that I take issue with. You said it was working great on 11mm HTP and then it just stopped working for you. I weigh 155lbs and could not get it to work to my satisfaction on 11mm rope so am surprised it was working well for you in the first place. The sweet spot for this device appears to be with 11.7 mm ropes. But aside from that, what changed? You said "Mine and a number of others have just locked in place for no reason." Then you go on to say it turned out to be grime and a cleaning sorted it out. That is a reason and an understandable one at that. The Akimbo might not be the best choice if ones work conditions are mucky and tool cleaning is of low priority. "the initial prototypes were working well and people's first experiences of the device were great. The device we were sent out had different cams, springs and wasn't so beautifully engineered." I have had both in my possession at the same time; I disagree with the above quote. The Go Fund Me Akimbos matched and exceeded the originals in many ways. The only problem I encountered was with the anodizing on the rope contact patches made modulation inconsistent. Solved that by removing it and now it works stellar, for me. I have no doubt that the Akimbo can be improved upon but as it is now, I do not see any design flaws, just limitations in the situations it can deal with, as is the case with all special-purpose tools.
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    08-28-2017
    DMc replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    I do take comfort in that, Burnham. Thanks :)
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    08-28-2017
    DMc replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    I guess there never will be a "best for everyone" climbing tool. We are all too different. When Paul first let me try the Hitch Hiker, I was blown away by how well it worked and how easy it was to use and adjust. Once it became available on the open market, I couldn't believe that everyone that tried it didn't feel exactly the same way about it. Still can't. I feel the same about the Akimbo, I like and continue using it and think that it also is brilliant, works well and is easy to use and adjust.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    08-25-2017
    DMc replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    No. The HH2 has some refinements that you would notice but the original HH can and in fact does work just the same. I have even talked to some climbers who find the HH1 smoother to use. But I like the HH2 the best.
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    08-25-2017
    DMc replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    The HH2 is an incredible tool! Strength, performance and great latitude in the combination of ropes and hitch cords that it will work with, just outstanding!
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    08-20-2017
    Cedar Apple Rust. http://gardeningwithchuck.com/cedarapplerust.htm
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  • DMc's Avatar
    08-18-2017
    The mental component will become much less stressful and should in fact become enjoyable, as you gain experience. Could you be a little more specific as to what part of the climb you found the most physically demanding.
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