Discussion in 'Rules and Regs' started by Tree Access, Mar 15, 2014.
How are you with an axe, btw?
I can split wood, I know how to swing one. I guess the ae still has its place. I have never topped a tree with one but it might not be that bad. But I foot lock still quite a lot. sometimes when I have a pantin on. Its too much work to lean down and pop the rope in and out.
My humble opinion is that just about any reasonably fit person can quickly learn how to body-thrust with a Blake's hitch or walk up a rope with ascenders. But it takes a lot of practice and real athleticism and skill to become a good footlocker. It is the same thing with the speed climbing event at logging shows. You have to be a real athlete to be good at it. So, maybe footlocking is old-school, but it is still a lot of fun to watch in competitions.
I think an srt ascent event would be totally uninteresting as everyones score would be virtually identical. it woukd be decided by hundreths of seconds. the only limiting factor being how fast you can move your feet. might as well have a 50 yard dash and forget about the tree. footlocking requires finesse
It is just a rope climbing technique and so has nothing to do with the tree already. If you live long enough you will see many changes. Humans and most all other living things are not real good at handling change. Still, it happens.
Enjoy it while you can. Your hips will tell you when to quit. (I was hoping that would sound more like a grumpy old tree guy statement)
Usain Bolt should have to footlock horizontally.
You say that now. Just wait until I break out the 1 to 2 mechanical disadvantage ascending setup. 50 feet in 5 very painful lunges.
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