maybe the video isn't showing things accurately, but looks like there was some rope running that could have/should have been happening, especially in the beginning.
I know it was 2002 but we were all running ropes way before then.
I just thought on that first log, it looked jaring, nasty, shockloading.
I didn't see it all, maybe later.
I did see the part where the house was near and you showed no good drop zone, except that truck bed, where you could have had another truck use a drifting speedline to guide the lowered peices into the bed instead of guys pulling.
yeah, I know, could have, should have... bla bla bla. Oh well, it's a forum for discussing things.
I hate to say it, but yeah, keeping in mind that new climbers might not know what they are looking at; this is NOT how to safely lower logs.
Large diameter rope and rope stretch is the only thing that kept a break from happening. That rope is severely compromised after that job. No roping skills used on the half of the video that I watched.
Good to see you hanging out. That's an interesting collection of videos you've got there at UTube.
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Well, this is indeed an interesting thread to see who's skills stayed back in the mid 1980's and did not advance over the years.
You guys can't just keep doing stuff the same way you did long ago. Not when there is so much more known these days. So much information shared on how to advance!
Reminds me of a tree company just a mile away from me. They almost never use a block. They use crotches and have been doing this for maybe 30 years now. They do trunk wraps. They lock the rope off and there is almost no run except for the slack that gets pulled out and the rope stretch.
A year or two ago, they totalled their bucket truck. A 5/8" bull rope, run through a crotch of course, broke when they cut a limb. The rope snapped and the limb fell on the cab of the truck and destroyed it.
They can't understand how it happened, in his words, "we've done it that way a 1000 times before and the limb wasn't excessively big. So, we fixed the problem, today I went a bought a bigger rope".
Ox was in a stable position for that first piece... groundie coulda, shoulda, woulda, but either way, its nice to be stable and set for the ride, be it big or small... Noticed he went with smaller pieces after that... IMO too small, but that's just me...
There were a lot of other issues besides the groundie. I'll let it go at that..