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    Tree trunk crack

    It’s called a codominant structure, two “trunks” grown into each other, not actually joined together, it is moving towards total failure, no one can predict when that will happen but a qualified person on the scene can give you the best advice. -AJ
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    Tree trunk crack

    Not good, bring a professional in to assess and advise. Don’t wait. -AJ
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    New climber grip question

    Not sure about the thermafits, don't use them much. definitely can't wear the medium 300's anymore, pretty sure my hands are the same size ;-)
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    Aerialtraveler's Youtube Videos

    Great demo and good job getting the hook to snag from behind the trunk! For these so-called positioning tools like the Captain Hook and the Bennett Hook when I'm doing a traverse I like to drop in to the destination a fair amount lower than where the hook is anchored, that way I'm not fighting...
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    New climber grip question

    Atlas was bought out by Showa a few years ago, they still have the Atlas name on the back. The Atlas 300’s are what you’re looking for. Since Showa took over the sizes have shifted slightly smaller, I used to wear size M, now size L fits better. They should be snug so they don’t get sucked into...
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    Complex cat-in-a-tree rescue

    The difference is it all happens so slow the TV crew would never survive it ;-)
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    Complex cat-in-a-tree rescue

    Part way through I heard about a local climber who chased the cat out of a low perch same tree, the owner swiped him off the end of the branch with a maxed out pole saw without the saw on it. This time the cat was ready, that wasn’t going to happen again ;-)
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    Complex cat-in-a-tree rescue

    Most of them are, it’s the few weird ones that get you!
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    Complex cat-in-a-tree rescue

    Last fun detail, should be a TV show, during the rescue of the cat that bit both hands in high winds... when I was making difficult throws into a grove of skinny tall conifers, a dude across a state highway in a liquor store parking lot started yelling "Get in the tree and get it!" etc. etc. Was...
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    Complex cat-in-a-tree rescue

    That was in my top 3 of challenging rescues out of a couple hundred. Most are fairly quick and relatively easy. I've been bit only three times, the worst one shredded fingers on both hands, during 40 mph gusts, Capt Hook traverse to ge to him etc. Another arborist who assessed the situation...
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    Complex cat-in-a-tree rescue

    I hit the wall mentally after the "bite and run" then jump into the cherry and go to the very top. I got over it ;-) Some fancy wet cat food and water was the bait. I think he flipped the water immediately when the trap door shut ;-)
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    Complex cat-in-a-tree rescue

    Hey! How come there's not an "animal in a tree rescue" section in the Forum? Kidding. Showed up at 5:30 PM after work last week to get a cat out of a smallish white pine before sunset. Turns out the cat was unapproachable, very afraid of humans except for its owners. It was up for 11 days at...
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    Pulldowns on lanyards

    Yep, I constantly use my foot ascender on my lanyard tail to stand on. Thx! -AJ
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    Pulldowns on lanyards

    Ha, yes I'm a broken record. The test you refer to was performed by Georgio Fiori in Italy and was stopped because the entire tree was coming over. The carabiner used in the choke was tested after for functionality and the autolocking gate operated perfectly demonstrating that no deformation of...
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    Pulldowns on lanyards

    It's only for short moves where you want to back out of a work position and then retrieve the choke. If there's a union available I just put the tail of my main rope through it and back out with my hand on the tail. There was no union to work with in this situation. My main rope was basal...

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