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    Addressing hitch binding with the Rope Wrench on descent

    Very good advice. Often overlooked because of technical problems with saddles, ropes and hitches. My daughter is a plebe at the US Naval Academy. Her friend and squad mate, "Super Girl" was footlocking up the rope at the O-course. Of course, the foot didn't completely catch right when her hands...
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    Addressing hitch binding with the Rope Wrench on descent

    @Oertl I was just thinking about things going back to to the early days. Man, nowadays, I could honestly tie a rope around my waist and go SRT. As long as I have a good hitch and some additional way to add friction, I'm good to go. Kevin Bingham (rope wrench inventor) did it with a honed-out...
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    Addressing hitch binding with the Rope Wrench on descent

    Thank you, and please feel free to PM me and we can hook up on phone. But, it's the hitch. It always ends up being the hitch for the issues you bring up. Even when you change climbing rope and it ain't working out and you just can't seem to get it feeling right ....... it's the hitch .... or our...
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    Addressing hitch binding with the Rope Wrench on descent

    I understand, keep reading though, I promise, promise,promise the issue is not the saddle. I have climbed SRT on two completely different saddles ..... but ...... I absolutely understand my hitch and everything last little nuance. If you're binding and can't figure it out .... trust me ..... do...
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    Addressing hitch binding with the Rope Wrench on descent

    And by the way, Stevie Nick's "Edge of Seventeen" live from the Bella Donna tour (on YouTube) is good thinking music should you need it. And yes, she's the sexiest woman on the planet.
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    Addressing hitch binding with the Rope Wrench on descent

    Listen to me brother .... and yes I read your whole post ..... multiple times. Us buzzers are going to take care of you, but you gotta trust us .... deal???? The saddle is not the issue. SRT requires quite a bit of knowledge and tuning, but we all asume that you've had some DDRT time, which you...
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    SRT climbing line

    Yeah @rico, I learned something when I was buying mine. When Teufelberger lists the elongation of safety blue as 3.5% (50-150kg, 110-330lb), they literally mean that's the elongation when you go from 50kg to 150kg load. They don't mention the elongation from 0-50kg. I imagine the latter is...
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    Bulge On Cherrybark Oak

    I had an opportunity to go onto a neighboring property today and look at a large southern red oak located about 40 yards from this cherrybark. I noticed that the southern red it is starting to exhibit the same bulge as the cherrybark. It is also more prominent on the same eastern side. The...
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    Would You Remove The Smaller Trees?

    Okay, felt well enough to get up and excavate the roots. They were actually not bad on the opposite side from the small trees. The two small trees don't look to have come from the same root system as the larger, but they're close enough that their trunks are making contact. The two small trees...
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    Sthil 2 in 1 Sharpening gauge

    Yes, but you can still use an additional depth gauge after the sharpen if you prefer. You can change the file size in less than 15 seconds. I drop down in size as well on worn chains. This thing really is just a file guide that just happens to have a depth gauge file built in, and some big fat...
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    Sthil 2 in 1 Sharpening gauge

    ^^^ What he said. I measured both of my stihls and one pferd with feeler gauge and they all are right there at .025". I also HAD a habit of pressing too hard when filing. I noticed though I didn't press as hard with Oregon chain as its softer than stihl, lolol, and helped break me of the habit...
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    Documenting my hand-sewn eye process

    No it is not. In fact, I almost paid for the $6 priority mail label today to ship it back, then decided to tie on some 10mm OP and save myself the shipping cost. They would have sent another one of the same, as this has been seen before. I don't like the large loops and weakening thread tension...
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    Smaller top handle recommendation needed

    Don't those come with a Huey Lewis and the News CD as well as a reservation at Dorsia?
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    Documenting my hand-sewn eye process

    Okay, Petzl wants me to send in the bridge for warranty evaluation. They won't say one way or another whether this is normal or not even after I told them the rope legs were moving within the stitching. They better do me right on this.
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    Documenting my hand-sewn eye process

    @Brocky No gap, but the legs slide. @Stephen Moore Yeah, It's like trying to decide a winner between Hulk Hogan and Bruce Lee.
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