glad you're okay enough, and thanks for sharing.
Seems like a loose vt and aggressive climbing are contributing factors.
You are right on that one SST, it was a loose VT and aggressive climbing that were the main factors.
Kevin suggests sit and stand, take your time and be sure the hitch is tight and catches.
I think the type of cord may contribute to a safer climb too; for instance, beeline 8mm, which I love dearly, tends to be soft and a bit mushy, and remember, while being tended with an over-the-shoulder system, it pushes up into the wrench.
I noticed the other day that after a long ascent, my hitch was deformed to the point that I had to lanyard in and re-tie it, again, this is a characteristic of the softer cordage.
I'm thinking OP 8mm, or even ultratech 8mm would be better, since they are stiffer and stay rounder.
Heat resistance qualities are not as crucial while climbing on the RW since it takes over a large portion of the friction duties from the hitch.
You can do some crazy long descents/swing-descents and not even hardly mark the hitch up
The one thing that has bugged me a bit , is while working on tall trees with not much canopy, it is a lot of up and down.
clipping the lanyard over and the foot ascender all the time can be tiring and in certain places, awkward to use.
While talking to Kevin on FB about this, he mentioned using a 3:1 with a revolver
I have used that in the past for DRT, but it never dawned on me to use it SRT...DUH......
I set it up in my backyard in a 90' locust,
climbed up carefully using the sit and stand method and with my pantin locked in place with a biner, ascended easily and efficiently to 70', popped a revolver over a suitable crotch, clipped my tail thru, descended down to 20 feet, then with little effort, hand over handed back to the 70' mark; stopping on occasion to be sure the hitch grabbed( which it did, flawlessly I may add) right away.
This advantage will make all the difference in doing removals or prunes on tall trees where a lot of up and down is needed.
To be sure of the ease of one system VS another, I rigged a DdRT rig on a pulleysaver, climbed both for about 15 minutes, the SRT/RW rig was definitely easier and faster to climb on, and a couple people who have tried it say the same thing to a word, " This actually feels smoother than DdRT; and that, says a lot to a working climber
So in short, a controlled ascent with a suitable hitch tied with a firm cord, locking the pantin off for long ascents, and the added advantage of a 3:1 with a revolver for up/down; all work in union to make a very pleasing climbing system that will make you more efficient.