Ekka you want a serious forum that can be taken seriousley by all and open to the general public for info and you start the site wars shite from day one ? Bright move that one, what's with you guys !! If you want a succesfull forum let it build itself rather than taking cheap shots from day...
All bull [censored] aside that looks pretty good Eric. News pages work very well you have to have something to keep people coming back to your website.
I also send out a hard copy newsletter 3-4 times a year to my clients which allways bumps up the work load and can be season related :)
I recently swapped to SIPS good trousers. JUst remember any say will cut through any chainsaw trousers in seconds if you don't realise you've hit yourself and close the throttle. We did tests at college many years ago.
What's wrong with spiking back down the stick ? I don't think i've ever used an 8 to decend from a tree ! I must admit though i know have an AFS which makes coming down large sticks a helluva lot easier !