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    2 Days Ago
    Bounce replied to a thread Wedge Belts in Gear Forum
    This is the best thread I've read in a while. It's threads like this one that make me love this site. Nice setup, Gypo. I like your attitude. Thanks for taking the time to post.
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    1 Week Ago
    Any hinge you walk away from is a good hinge.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Bounce replied to a thread Carbon fiber pole saw in Gear Forum
    I put the new pole saw through its paces yesterday. I spent 2.5 hours limbing up 7 Doug firs from the ground instead of climbing them. The saw works great, even at its full length. No noodle effect at all. 17 ft is just as rigid and precise as 6 ft. With that much to do, I was very happy with how light it is. Also, I realized that the poles are not quite round except at the ends where they connect. In cross section, they are more like a triangle with the corners rounded off. It gives them a nice grip and quite a bit of strength. So far, I am very happy with it! Definitely the best pole saw I've ever used.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Bounce replied to a thread Carbon fiber pole saw in Gear Forum
    It seems strong enough, but we'll see. I wasn't planning on driving over them, but I guess it's happened before.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    I started doing this mostly because it looks like so much fun and my girlfriend was into it. But to be honest, the thing I have gained the most appreciation for has been the dancing, aerial or otherwise. 20 years of climbing has made me strong enough to do what these people can do, but I look awkward and clumsy doing it because I don't move gracefully. I've started taking ballet lessons (only in the winter though), and it's helping, but I'll never make it look as good as the performers do.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Bounce replied to a thread ART rope guide in Gear Forum
    I tried the Rope Guide for 1 climb. At first I thought it was pretty slick and liked how it nearly eliminated friction at my tie in point. But then I noticed that it made my hitch perform a lot worse and I realized that splitting up the friction required to belay myself between the tie in point and my hitch was taking some of the load off my hitch. Using the Rope Guide put all of it on my hitch, causing it to perform differently. But I probably could have gotten used to it or adjusted my hitch somehow.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Bounce replied to a thread Carbon fiber pole saw in Gear Forum
    The threaded connections is a great idea. Too bad I'm not in contact with manufacturers anymore. I have also had the same problems with the end caps. Was planning to make my own for this thing. Still though, so far this seems to me like the best pole saw ever made.
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    Bounce replied to a thread Carbon fiber pole saw in Gear Forum
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    I just bought this new carbon fiber pole saw. This thing is amazing! It is sectional, just like the traditional fiberglass ones with male and female ends that secure with a spring loaded button. It comes with two 6 ft poles and one 4 ft. The blade is a Samurai blade. Excluding saw scabbard, the whole thing weighs 3 1/2 lbs, and is super stiff and rigid without any of the wobbly noodle business. Should be sturdier than the aluminum poles too. It should be perfect for crown cleaning jobs, which are my bread and butter. The downside is that it was $450 (from Wesspur).
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Bounce replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    Same here Butch. Why choose when you can have both, right?
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Bounce replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Wait a minute - you don't have your tree business anymore?!? What?!?!? I did not realize. Now who am I going to say I work for when I squish the odd house now and then?
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Bounce replied to a thread The RIP Thread... in Odds and Ends
    RIP Adam Roberts. He was a friend of mine that died in an avalanche a few months ago. You are missed buddy!
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    4 Weeks Ago
    I already did one easy climb this year up Mt Constitution on Orcas Island in the San Juans. It was a trip and a route that I'd been drooling over for a decade, looking at it across the water from Lummi. By looking at night from Lummi, I found one route that avoided all houses and roads. The original plan was to kayak over there, bushwhack to the top and back to the beach and kayak back, all in two days. But we couldn't get any kayaks and so had to get a ride on a leaky smelly shrimp boat instead. Then after bushwhacking only about a quarter mile, we found a deer trail that led to some mountain bike trails and we made it to the top and back to the beach on the first day. Then we had to wait a whole other day for our ride to pick us up again. Granted it was only 2400 ft of vertical with no technical climbing at all, but it was a bit of a letdown that it was so easy.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Whenever I go off on a trip by myself, my climbing partner always says "Climb safe! But not too safe."
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Gator hunting and water skiing, eh? I guess that would be pretty cool if you could do them both at the same time. Might put a bit of pressure on a guy not to fall though.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    When I was a kid I went to New Orleans and Tampa to visit family. I had never been anywhere so flat in my entire life. I remember getting lost all the time because there were no mountains on the horizon to orient myself with. I thought I could see across the whole state of Florida from the top of our hotel. With no climbing and no skiing, I don't know how you guys survive down there!
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Wow, that's awesome Rich! I would absolutely love to hear some more stories about that.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    it truly is magic. This particular circus doesn't do much traveling. Most of their shows are in Seattle. But what is really cool about them is that they don't just perform. They enact mythology from dead cultures. Each performance is more like a play, telling a story about people and places that don't exist anymore, bringing them back to life, keeping the old legends from being lost. Everybody has to be an actor or actress, and not just a performer.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Muggs, you are one heck of a guy. The temptation to deny our mistakes in front of others is a strong one. Well done.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Nice to know you're still 12, Justin. So am I.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Bounce replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I work alone, so I always carry my cell in my pants cargo pocket. I also wear a headset so I can listen to music or answer the phone while I'm climbing. People seem to love it when I take their call from the top of a tree. Likely it's as close as most of them will ever get to being there themselves.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    My favorite is the 9 year old girl. She is probably the best climber I've ever seen. She can do 25 pull-ups without appearing to get tired, is afraid of nothing, and can learn a new knot on the first try every time.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    The living arrangements with these people are as strange and as varied as the people themselves. Some live in their vans, some rent a house all together, and some are migratory, never staying in one place longer than a single show. My girlfriend was living in a dank and humid basement along with the circus stage props and puppets (some of them are 3 stories tall!). Would have been drier to sleep outside in seattle.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    :lol:
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Nice video Muggs! I have several observations, most of them positive. (1) You were cool as a cucumber the whole time. If it weren't for the (very minor) profanity, I might not have known you were shaken up at all. Good reflexes staying calm. It's hard to train that kind of thing, but if you aren't able to stay calm in that kind of situation, then get a new job. (2) That the tree broke apart like that proves you had the right instincts to use a lift instead of climbing it. (3) Distributing the load between 2 rigging points was a good idea, even if it didn't quite work out. I would have only done 1 or 2 things differently (knowing what I know now, which you didn't know then): (1) gotten a taller lift, and/or (2) used a screamer to dampen the shock loading.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Yeah, it sure is. I love all the weird people most of all. Every single person is extraordinary, not just ablemto do amazing things with their bodies but with gregarious and wildly extroverted personalities. Most of them are show boats, but then again so am I. Going out for drinks after a show is like the Fourth of July, everybody's birthday, and resurrection day all rolled into one.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Bounce replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Rules wouldn't be necessary, Jay, if common sense weren't so uncommonly rare.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Not being from your area, I had to look up the Evolution Traverse. Oh baby! That looks awesome!!! What a great climb that would be. I might have to put that one on my list. It definitely looks worthy, even if it is in California. ;)
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Bounce replied to a thread Chipper/box combo. in The Trading Post
    :lol:
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    4 Weeks Ago
    I am so stoked that climbing season is about to start. I have been training and working out like crazy, hoping to make it to the top of several new (for me) routes in the PNW this year. Mt Adams, Mt Stuart, Little Tahoma, and Mt Rainier are all on my list for 2017. I just bought a brand new pair of mountaineering boots, and sharpened my crampons to a razors edge. Who else is going on a climb this year? Lets get psyched up!
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