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    WTCW TX and woman-friendly saddle

    Hey Julie, I hope you've found what you were looking for. In the even that you haven't yet, I'd like to add another contender. The Matt Cornell Rope Saddle (MCRS) is expensive. That's for sure. However, it has multiple life spans. The expensive part can be saved, and the life-support aspect...
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    PPE and Safety

    Nice, guys. this is exactly what I wanted. @CutHighnLetFly Just curious, you cut without gloves too?
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    PPE and Safety

    I want to open this can of worms :LOL: I've come to realize that not alot of people wear hi viz, or even eye pro. My hope is that below, you'll state your current safety setup and why you have or haven't adopted certain things. I'm not here to judge, I'm just curious. I'll go first! The...
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    Am I the only one who gets this scared?

    I haven't posted in a while, I just want to give an update for anyone who has read the thread in hopes of becoming less scared themselves. I'd say the biggest game changer was a shift in mentality, even before you leave the ground. I have alot less pressure on me by my foreman which makes for a...
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    Am I the only one who gets this scared?

    That's very similar to what I did today. I tied into a live one and took down 2 very dead ones right next to it. It was my first time being on something that dead, it was a real learning experience. I was surprised how much strength it had. Also the big pieces down want to hinge very well. I...
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    Am I the only one who gets this scared?

    I climbed today, first time in a while. Can't really report too much since we just braced some cedars, I pruned a basswood (bomber tie-in, that one was fun) and braced an ash. I switched out of the ash late in the game but not due to nerves. Although earlier in my climbing it definitely would...
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    Am I the only one who gets this scared?

    I was born over a decade after that song.. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Am I the only one who gets this scared?

    Did you end up backing it up? If so, how did you do it? Sounds scary. But also sounds like you worked through it. Props. I meant to get a climb in this past few days but I really, really buggered up my back. I was even at the cabin, staring up at my least favourite trees (poplar) and had all...
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    Am I the only one who gets this scared?

    That looks a load indicator that hasn't been deployed. ANSI z133 says as long as it's 22kn or more, dual action (self closing self locking) and no damage/wear, you're good to go. No time limit like other gear. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Am I the only one who gets this scared?

    It's more common on industrial rescue or rigging gear. I wouldn't be surprised if a snap had it. Is it a swivel snap? You're supposed to retire it after you see that but if it's just for work positioning I wouldn't worry. I'd have to see a pic of it to make sure that's in fact what it is...
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    Am I the only one who gets this scared?

    I agree, I should take more swings. I had rigging gear in mind when I was asking about the load indicators too. I shoulda specified. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Am I the only one who gets this scared?

    It does, yeah. Thanks. Sounds like what I do now sometimes. I frequently find myself advancing my climbing line up a tree. But adding a sling and biner below me on a bomber crotch that could catch in the event of a main TIP failure up top sounds cool. Should only need to place one. Sent...
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    Am I the only one who gets this scared?

    Will check it out for sure. I'm sure there's lots to learn from the climbers who do hella tall trees in terms of fear control. We had a climber in a town a few hours away cut himself out of an 80ft tree last year. The garage he landed on saved his life. A garage from 150ft would do nothing I'm...
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    Am I the only one who gets this scared?

    At least if you s*** yourself from that height you have at least ten seconds to tell the guys over the Sena before it hits the ground! We don't even have trees that tall here. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Am I the only one who gets this scared?

    That makes sense. And as said before, if it's THAT sketchy it probably shouldn't be climbed at all.. Still a neat idea! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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