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    05-23-2015
    I was mistaken 40kn only applies for TR general use Carabiners. 25 kn would indeed be adequate for TR General use for ascenders and descent control device (when attached with a 40kn biner): NFPA 1983 (2012) Descent Control Device Performance Requirements: Escape “E” 3σ MBS of not less than 13.5 kN (3,034 lbf) Technical Use “T” 3σ MBS of not less than 13.5 kN (3,034 lbf) General Use “G” 3σ MBS of not less than 22 kN (4,946 lbf) NFPA 1983 (2012) Rope Grab & Ascending Devices Performance Requirements: Technical Use “T” No permanent damage to device or rope at 5 kN (1,124 lbf) General Use “G” No permanent damage to device or rope at 11 kN (2,500 lbf)
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    05-19-2015
    Yeah I saw that but I can't personally buy another one right now but I would like to be able to tell others if the 40kn version will be available into the future. I personally think the HH2 would be preferable but I can't justify replacing my HH. It will likely last a long, long time. It's become one of my favorite tools.
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    05-19-2015
    Will the 40 KN version still be available? I know when I take mine out and have show and tell with some of the Tech Rescuers I train with I can see the wheels start turning in their mind. For wilderness rescue NFPA isn't a factor but having a 40KN version would be good.
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    05-19-2015
    This may have been discussed already but, I see the HH2 is 25KN vs the 40KN of the original HH. Is there a reason for the reduced rating other than shaving weight and size? I was really hoping to see an NFPA 1983 version eventually.
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    01-14-2014
    Appalachian replied to a thread Break-Test Video in Gear Forum
    I would like to see a green dmm ring tested. I have a trust issue with mine and removed it from service.
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    01-01-2014
    Review :23 - :25 frame by frame. I can't see any face cut. There appears to be in the neighborhood of 4 inches of trunk breaking away and peeling bark. The amount of force to break the trunk, once released, had an equal and opposite force once the trunk broke. He got slingshot. If you can't pull a top that size by hand be very cautious about hooking up equipment to it. Another species of tree could have split a long ways down below him with that much force.
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    12-24-2013
    Liked the vids. What I liked best about many of your past videos is the in tree use.
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    12-13-2013
    Asked the guys at the saw shop and they said they run 40:1 in everything. Can't believe I never thought of asking all these years. So I threw 2 gallons of gas in with a 2.5 gallon mix oil today - high test no ethanol, I'll see how it goes. What ratio do you mix Mastermind?
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    12-13-2013
    I have used a similar setup but used a blake's hitch instead of a prusik on 2 trees together. Two dead pines with intertwined branches and several grape vines all over both. Just made my face notch and cut most of the back cut in the one on the back side then face notched and back cut the one on the front side then stepped away and pulled them both over in tandem.
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    12-12-2013
    I've used Husqvarna xp oil at 50:1 in my Stihls and Husqvarnas for years and years. Are you guys saying that it's better to run those saws a little rich? I mix the 2.5 gallon mix in with high test. Am going to the local airport to see if I can get non ethanol high test from them next time I get chainsaw gas and might mix like 2 gallons of gas to 2.5 gallon worth of mix but I don't know what ratio that is. Maybe 40:1?
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    12-01-2013
    I've found that dipping just up to the stitching below the ring works best because it allows the stitching to still bend, and if you just dip the lower half of the weight it tends to peel off.
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    12-01-2013
    http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/search.aspx?search=plastidip&page=1 I get the 14.5 oz size from them. I also dip rope ends, and hitch cord ends with it. If you put tin foil over the cap with a couple rubber bands and then seal it in a quart mason jar it will last alot longer.
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    12-01-2013
    Dip your throw weights in Plasti Dip They become nearly indestructible. I've had 2 for over 7 years that still take a beating every time I go out.
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    09-01-2013
    No to any licensing but... Every saw should come with a pair of chaps included. Any one remember when saws didn't have chain brakes? Just make the tools as safe as possible and let people decide for themselves how much training they need. Our culture has become one of hand holding and baby sitting adults.
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    08-04-2013
    Welcome, I'm fairly new here too. My name is Kelly. Just to connect the dots... I think that may have been me linking you to Nick's video on Arbsite.
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    07-24-2013
    Did I read somewhere about Velcro inserts for additional padding for the legs? I really want to hear how the stock leg pads feel and vs. the add on pads.
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    07-19-2013
    Didn't mean to make you mad.
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    07-19-2013
    Just saw this on Sherrill's site: http://www.sherrilltree.com/The-Rook-By-SherrillTree-and-Rock-Exotica Looks like the hitch climber and the omni block had a baby. Not sure what to make of it.
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    07-18-2013
    Appalachian replied to a thread DMM is over rated! in Gear Forum
    I think ISC should be in there too.
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    07-10-2013
    Appalachian replied to a thread Knee ascender in Climbing Forum
    I would like to see a video of that setup in action DMc.
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    06-30-2013
    Appalachian replied to a thread DMM is over rated! in Gear Forum
    The anodizing of their green rings make what looks like hairline fractures around the ring. Check yours really closely and see if I'm wrong. Not a big fan of their rings but I like some of their other stuff. They could also move to a key gate on their steel biners.
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    06-23-2013
    I thought the top leg of the vt always went on top of the bottom leg when crossing- for every cross. Works for me that way any how.
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    06-22-2013
    I started out on a weaver but strap sliding d. It was ok working on spikes but I started doing a lot of view trimming w/o spikes. Now I splurged and got an Edge but I would have like to been able to wait for the Onyx but the Weaver put me in too much pain for a couple days after climbing to do much of anything so I had to move on one with the season coming in.
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    06-21-2013
    Spend a little more and get a comfortable harness. After 7 years of feeling like my hips are in a vise I finally got one that didn't do that and I wish I did that back when I started.
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    06-05-2013
    Rescue response time should be a call to climbers to configure several rescue techniques and the tools to accomplish them. Based on Nick's reviews I'm hopeful the Hitch Hiker is going to be a great tool for not only climbing work but also rescue scenarios too. Moral of the Story: Climbing crews are pretty much on their own for rescue.
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    06-04-2013
    Around 45 minutes from the page Hence the "thankfully nestled in the crotch of a tree". The area was remote.
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    06-04-2013
    Thanks for the welcome everyone. I'm by no means an expert but we practice a variety of rescues with our fire dept.'s rescue training. We don't use our personnel in training exercises however. The last tree rescue I heard about was an unconscious climber thankfully nestled in the crotch of a tree. Rescuers spiked up attached a pulley and rope with a rack base tied and lowered him to the ground.
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    06-04-2013
    Hi Nick, My name is Kelly. As I said you didn't invite me personally but it was a rather open invitation I read somewhere can't remember where. Maybe youtube or TB or AS On TB I go by Fernhorn.
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    06-03-2013
    Hi guys, Since I arrived here at the tree house via a comment / general invitation on another site (not to me personally) from Nick I figured I would post on one of his threads for my first post.... After observing this forum for a while it appears to be filled with nice, laid back, respectful people. I have gotten into the habit of just being a reader on other forums and not participating due to overbearing, know it all attitudes of a few. So here goes.... A question / idea about the above setup (please don't take this the wrong way because I've seen your videos and you are far more skilled than I).... If you incorporate a flat strap and choke the base of the tree, with a rescue 8 clipped to it and hard lock your climbing line to the 8, you could get by not cutting the primary line. Just unlock the 8. None of the other stuff would be necessary? The strap choked around the base with a figure 8 hard locked is how i like to set my floating false crotch ddrt btw. So it can work for either setup ddrt or srt. A strap, rescue 8, and carabiner is a pretty simple base tie/rescue system. If the tree is too tall to fully recover the climber- incorporate a prusik above the rescue 8 to relieve the rope below the prusik and then tie a dbl figure 8 on the climbing line and use another rope attached to it. Another topic- I got a HH coming tommorow primarily based on your reviews. Will post up some ?'s for ya in your other thread on the HH - I'm totally new to SRT.
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