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    Default Gaffless Palm Climbers

    This idea's been floating about in my mind for decades, including a few failed pro typing attempts over the years.

    Simple cinching's not the challenge, it's the letting go, combined with maintaining strap stiffness that makes upward progress possible.

    Staring at my old abandoned telescoping tube palm stepper prototype's springs, with canibalistic intent, a far more simple, choke, let go, remain stiff, solution popped into being, one set of gaffs and a lanyard, up to a foot of circumferential adjustability, wash fans, filiferas, cocos etc.

    Stainless steel aircraft cable, much like a wire core lanyard, springs, steel washers, rubber washers, a cable winding mechanism, and voila!

    Palm climbing gaffs!

    Gonna punch out one inch square rubber washers from old tires!

    The tighter the springs, the stiffer the choke ring goin upward!

    Buckets?

    Buckets!

    We don't need no stinkin buckets!
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    Ludes or genius, you decide. Tonight on Jomos idea thread.

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    Jomo, is this for increased climbing efficiency or just pita customers that don't want their precious palms spiked?

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    Upscale clients Chris, Hotel Del Coronado, Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Regency, SD Zoo etc.

    Gaffin any kinda live tree's a no no!

    Jomo

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    I thought palms were technically a grass?
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    Correct, palms are monocots.

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    So does spiking them hurt them? Or is it a cosmetic thing? I live a long way away from any palms, so i honestly don't know. And didn't they already do a spurless foot thing, called a swiss climber if I'm not mistaken? I saw another way too somewhere, dude just used 2 endless loops, one for one foot and another under his thigh. They were using it to climb concrete poles, I'll see if i can find the video tomorrow or something
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    Yeah, I'm kinda thinkin this design'd work well goin up a steel flag pole too.

    Love to see the vid if yu find it 09,

    Jomo

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    I'd love to have fancy clients like the Hilton Hotel

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    Sorry, it's an ISA thing, not gaffing palms Kyle.

    High end clients usually stipulate their palms be pruned by ladder or bucket lift of some kind.

    These Palm gaffs make me as valuable as a bucket, at a fraction of the cost, be it hourly, or equip cost.

    Jomo

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