I’m just wondering, as the tree sway in the wind the stems gets closer and farther from each other but also moves 90” from that as well...I wonder if a solid rod might just break...or bend. Cable just goes along with the ride.
Your right, when the Biner rotates and gets side loaded in the slot you can’t tend slack and it’s a pain, and no the pulley doesn’t help in the fact that it will still move in the slot. Pulley only help when everything is lined up properly.
This is my set up. It works the best for me. I use the petzl fixed side pulley and it helps a lot with tending. I just made that tending loop with a piece of coat hangner and rapped it with electric tape and it’s been good for over 2 years now.
I just tried the New England km3 11mm static with the rope runner and it works very good. Didn’t work so good with the hh2. I use the Samson voyager 11.8 with the hh2 with 8mm beeline and have had good luck
I’ve also been using the hitchhiker 2 for 2 years now and it’s an awesome piece of gear. I did however just recently bought a roperunner and I tell ya it’s some smooth. It tends effortlessly and ropewalking you don’t even feel it’s there.
Also if I were you I would change my friction hitch...
I've had good luck with voyager and hh2 so far going on 3 months on that combo. Been experimenting on different hitch cord 8mm...so far beeline is on top. The only time the hitchhiker sucks is when there's pine or spruce sap on the rope.
No stretch or very little. I only climb srt with the hitch hiker 2, I find it doesn't work well ddrt, as soon as there's slack in the system the carabiner often rotate then gets side loaded once the slack is tended, it's a pain.
Been climbing on the voyager for a week now. Very happy with it. Working good with the beeline 8mm, slack tends easily with one hand,very malleable for easy knot tying. Easy to spot in the tree with its colours. Can't speak for the durability yet I guess time will tell, I usually try to get one...
I'm leaning towards a rope that would work well in both device. Leaning towards the Samson voyager. I'm currently using 11mm so going to a 12.7 would be a big jump and plus if it doesn't work well in the rw I think I'll stay away from that size rope...I also would like to keep it in the 11mm...