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    https://youtu.be/lnlMHMddyJg aug
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    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Thanks guys, Sounds interesting Buddy. I'm hoping this Ax will be "ax"-calibur aug
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    CurSedVoyce replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Bump.... How goes the production dates Jamie? any news?
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    CurSedVoyce replied to a thread Spar Ascending in Climbing Forum
    Love when you can just walk back up a spar. Nicely done Kevin.
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  • kevin bingham's Avatar
    8 Hours Ago
    Forgive the shitty cell phone videos. I was inspired by the well I'm not dead yet thread. Here is me showing off my spar ascent 8 and some years ago. I was 30 <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OaI5pkzHha8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Here is me showing off my spar ascent now. I have gotten a little quicker with age! <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DgHZez4jqbM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>https://youtu.be/DgHZez4jqbM
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    20 Hours Ago
    I knew Gene, and had his book for years. Loaned it out... It was cross-cut saws, axes, manila rope and leather saddles when he started.
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    23 Hours Ago
    That's a great saying. I am not an expert and I don't play one on the internet. And I have been very lucky to live through all of my many mistakes thus far. We have access to a 60ft spiderlift through a friend, so that's the size of lift that we were using. No, it was not ideal for this particular tree by any means, but it was still safer than climbing. This tree was sketchbag. This is one of the biggest cemeteries in the city, and they let stuff go way, way too long. But at the same time, they are our biggest client, so I couldn't just pass on the work. Yes, at the point that I had to make that final cut, I was way too invested to just pack it in and tell the guys that we would have to figure something else out. The area of the cemetery that we were working in was not soft ground by any means, there were no fresh graves. The ground was very solid. Soft ground is very scary with these new spiderlifts, definitely something to consider when setting them up. As far as the rigging is concerned, as a concept, I have always split the load between at least two spars. This concept however makes far more sense when the spars in question are at roughly 45 degree angles, so that they load in compression. The leader that broke in this case was basically vertical, which meant that it was being side-loaded. I should have been much more critical of that spar and done a much more thorough inspection before rigging off of it, but it had been supporting a live crown, so I figured it would be ok. For my first 3 years, I used natural crotch rigging almost exclusively, and yes, it makes more sense in a ton of situations. In this case where I was using pulleys, NOT splitting the load would actually have been much safer. Like most accidents, it was not just down to one single error, there were a whole bunch of things that I did wrong that compounded to produce that result. What I didn't explain very well at all in the video is that, in the moment, the thing that I was actually the most concerned about was that big hanger, which completely blinded me to the actual danger staring me in the face...
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  • CurSedVoyce's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I would be the grumpy old dude after a day like that!
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    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    hahaha, we talked about being "control freaks" while bending them in. aug
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I'm the guy who is literally constantly having a conversation with myself in my head, thinking and analyzing something, so menial tasks are a great opportunity for solitude and thought. I love the chance to work by myself out in the garden. Joel Salatin is one of the smartest farmer-philosophers around, and one of my heroes. He is a guiding light for sustainable agriculture, real food, and healing the land using grass and pastured animals. For anyone wanting to learn more about him, I would start with his book: Folks, This Ain't Normal He has done multiple TED talks on this stuff as well. Check this one out: Can real food from real farms lead to real health?
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Jerry, there was a squirrel's nest right where it broke, with 3 little gaffers all curled up. I should have inspected that stem much better than I did, but it was supporting a live top so I just assumed it was good enough. As far as the hanger is concerned, that really was my main worry in the moment, that's why I mentioned it before I made the cut. It's hard to tell in the video, but the butt end of that hanger was at least 15 feet above me. Very difficult to do anything about it. So much of it comes down to 'Normalcy Bias': “Normalcy bias causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster and its possible effects, because it causes people to have a bias to believe that things will always function the way things normally function. This may result in situations where people fail to adequately prepare.” That pretty much sums it up. I knew the top was bigger than what I would normally take, but that’s all I could reach with the lift. Do you know how many times I have done something similar when I'm in a lift? I end up cutting something bigger than what I am totally comfortable with, and, at least up until this incident, it has always worked out fine. It makes me question my own judgement in a way, like, if I was uncomfortable with it but it turned out fine, is it just that I have drawn the line in my head between what's safe and unsafe, in the wrong spot? You know, like can I actually take stuff far larger than what I first thought? I mean, you start thinking about tensile strength with the gear we use. When I was in school, we always talked about designing rigging systems with the rope as the weakest link. But I think, in reality, we have designed our gear to make the tree as the weakest link, in the majority of cases. For anyone wanting more detail, I have a more in-depth article about this incident, available at: https://www.educatedclimber.com/close-call-rigging-point-failure/ Thank you so much for opinions and analysis everyone. I am embarrassed to admit that, right when this happened, I was thinking, shit, I don't want to share this with anyone. This makes me look like an idiot. But later that night, I had made a 180, and I thought, first, much of the time, I am an idiot, and second, this is exactly what I need to share with the world. This is the kind of stuff that can help someone. So, like I said in the video, I'm actually glad that it happened. It was a real eye-opener. If this helps someone, sometime, to second guess a decision, or think critically about a setup, then I am so glad that this happened. Go small AND Go home.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Small circus ambitions will always live on. Theater and the arts. It's a basal trait of man kind. A good one.
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    gf beranek replied to a thread Big chipper in Gear Forum
    Could it just be an audio artifact?
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    gf beranek replied to a thread Big chipper in Gear Forum
    Better than the Big Crush. I could watch that machine work like it were a camp fire. Awesome!
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    A true lesson we all learn in the trade. If not, then you'r probably dead.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    You' re right Willie. Been there done that with lifts. Being just short of what you feel is right and despite the fact you decide to go for the Hail Mary Cut. It's a perplexing problem with lifts, and the feeling you get in that situation you'll never forget. Oh, Baby!
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  • CurSedVoyce's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Seems like the spar that broke, the rigging point was lower than where you were cutting. If it had been higher, less force. But that piece that broke probably weak anyway. Better rope running might have helped. Add it all up in physics, force won. Kudos on everyone living another day.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Was there a defect in the spar where it broke?
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
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    3000 acres Jim? Wow. Are you a Joel Salatin-ite yet? He has some brilliant stuff.
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    . <div style="position:relative;height:0;padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sNvwAU152BM?ecver=2" width="320" height="180" frameborder="0" style="position:absolute;width:100%;height:100%;left:0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> For context, read the full article here: https://www.educatedclimber.com/close-call-rigging-point-failure/ So, I wanted to hear from other professionals. What would you have done differently, or is it simply a case of "right to refuse"? Bottom line, I shouldn't have taken that top where I did. I knew it was too big right from the get-go, when I went up initially to set my blocks. I ignored my gut and made a huge mistake. But thankfully, nobody got hurt and I came away with a greater awareness of my own complacency as well as an excellent teaching video. So, any thoughts?
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    It's becoming an epidemic. Not bad as, "Night of the Living Dead", yet. But it's sure getting closer every day. Lord, there's crazies everywhere!
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