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    What Causes Milking

    Not something I like doing.
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    What Causes Milking

    So, are you really going to leave us with this cliffhanger, Richard?
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    So.. Free Climbing?

    I would caution you about implying thoughts to me, or anyone else for that matter, that go beyond what has been said. The Z133 is a well thought out guide for our industry. I believe that the Forest Service climbers guide is also well written. So how do I rectify the incongruities within...
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    So.. Free Climbing?

    When you go up and down stairs, do you hold onto the hand rail or do you tie in? Grabbing on to something is an excepted form of fall protection used around the world, cause it works.
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    So.. Free Climbing?

    The writers of the guide could have easily just left out that whole section, but in doing so would have been negligent, in my opinion. Like I said, it is a very well-written and carefully worded guide that is not in anyway meant for arborist use.
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    So.. Free Climbing?

    Agreed. But what is being criticized is a manual for the Forest Service.
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    Zig zag tips

    LOL, I can hear myself saying those exact words just a few short years age. But the advent of the tree-specific multisender, has forever changed my world. If I had a better way of detaching from a crane, and other similar situations that require fast line retrieval, I would definitely be done...
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    So.. Free Climbing?

    Question: If you go back and read the quoted section of the Forest Service Guide in post #2, on free climbing, and were to follow those instructions, precisely, how many of you feel you could not accomplish it, safely?
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    What % of Climbers do you think...

    The bother was that the change could be done with the click of a carabiner. Much faster, safer for that reason.
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    Scientists discover how knots work

    Are we actually seeing something we didn't already know?
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    What % of Climbers do you think...

    Yes, as I remember, this was the explanation used, within the tree industry, when split-tails first became popular.
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    UK. Two ropes at all times(USA next?)

    I was horrified watching this poor, uninformed climber, climbing on a single line!
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    So.. Free Climbing?

    Sure, but neither are being used so it's climbing on a single point of attachment.
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    So.. Free Climbing?

    What did you think of their cover picture of a climber using just a flipline and spurs? You are certainly entitled to your opinion, and you would not be alone. I personally like more latitude, and getting instruction for difficult and unique situations.
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    So.. Free Climbing?

    The Forest Service climbing guide is a well thought out instruction manual covering many aspects of tree climbing. If you work in the trees long enough, there will come a time when something needs to be done that is beyond the scope of normal tree climbing activities. Training manuals do best...
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