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  1. Mark_B.

    Done here

    Too much noise, not enough signal. See you all in the real world. Regards, Mark
  2. Mark_B.

    TCC and splices

    The way we have handled splices at ITCC and ETCC is to refer splicing issues to a competent splicer who is present for that task only during gear check. He or she checks non-labelled splices as they come up during gear check. If the splice is a standard splice one of the lines frequently used...
  3. Mark_B.

    Ausburg Germany

    Sweet. Thanks for making the effort. I know come end of the event you will look me deep in the eyes and say: Mark, that was awesome. And for once, in this instance, the use of the word awesome, often employed so thoughtlessly, is more than mere hyperbole.
  4. Mark_B.

    Ausburg Germany

    Maarten I would not describe myself as a buzzer, but check in here now and again... Still, be that as it may, make sure you stop by and say hello. Really looking forwards to this event, same as every year. Are you coming on your own or are you coming with other French climbers? It'd be really...
  5. Mark_B.

    2016 ITCC Work Climb Set up

    Nice work, Tony. Thank you for being part of all this too. You bring a lot of expertise to the event and make a significant contribution.
  6. Mark_B.

    Flouting PPE the cool way

    Treehumper, I re-read the original post and no, I think flouting is indeed what is meant. But ultimately I think it was only ever about provoking a response anyways... controversy for the sake of controversy. Shows slightly poor judgement in my opinion to choose such an essential topic to do...
  7. Mark_B.

    Flouting PPE the cool way

    I find even suggesting that the fact that not using PPE might be cool to be highly offensive, disrespectful, misguided and irresponsible. Bear in mind that according to John Ball's research the arborist industry has one of the highest accident rates, head to head annually with off-shore...
  8. Mark_B.

    DMM Swivel

    Some thoughts on hardware on rope bridges... http://www.treemagineers.com/blog/hardware-on-rope-bridges/
  9. Mark_B.

    gear inspection sheets

    Nice touch, Neil.
  10. Mark_B.

    gear inspection sheets

    PM me and I will send it to you.
  11. Mark_B.

    gear inspection sheets

    Become part of the process.
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    gear inspection sheets

  13. Mark_B.

    Ropetek and Rock Exotica step up?

    Nick Believe me when I say that there are answers to all your questions above. There is not sinister conspiracy at play here. The highest standards are being applied to assure consistent, replicable, backed-up and responsible decisions. Are we always spot on? Certainly not, I will be the...
  14. Mark_B.

    Ropetek and Rock Exotica step up?

    Not trying to be funny, but how do you think I typed the post? I have nothing to add. I that wasn't clear, it will have to wait until such a point in time as we meet face to face and can have a chat.
  15. Mark_B.

    Ropetek and Rock Exotica step up?

    It's not up to committees to explain to manufacturers what a process of due diligence is, surly? I would assume these are competences these organizations bring with then in view of the fact that people trust their lives to their kit?!
  16. Mark_B.

    Ropetek and Rock Exotica step up?

    Ryan no incentive? I am afraid I would have to disagree with you on that one, it is called doing your due diligence as a manufacturing company. You are providing end users with information regarding the intended use, limitations, correct configuration and compatibility and potential...
  17. Mark_B.

    Live Blog for the ITCC and conference

    Riggs you make a number of fair points and I will be the first to agree that the Tree Climbing Competitions should be constantly evolving – and partly the way they do this is by the groups organizing them responding and reacting to feedback such as yours. One point I am not sure I agree on is...
  18. Mark_B.

    Are the proposed 2014 revisions finalised?

    Neil, I am starting to find your polemic agains the showcased Ascent Event quite tiresome. Esoteric? C'mon, give me a break. Of course you are entitled to your opinion, but please, let's remain fair. I find you insinuating that we would put a dangerous event in place quite insulting. The...
  19. Mark_B.

    Live Blog for the ITCC and conference

    I am not interested getting involved in an on-line debate, but will state this once, as I find some of the view expressed here disrespectful to the time and energy that volunteers willingly invest in making ITCC happen: Feel free to disagree with how things are done or set up. You may not like...
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