Hitch independent ZK-2 tether

moss

Well-Known Member
I built this a while back but did a rebuild on the shrink tube since I have a better idea what I want out of it now.

This tether is independent of the hitch for easy change over from SRT to DRT and back again. Previous version the lower legs with the eyes were flexing a little too much now they have two layers of a thin shrink tube so it's all tight, no slop top to bottom.

Best thing about separating the tether from the hitch carabiner is there's comfortable room on the DMM oval for 10mm hitch cord eyes.







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-AJ
 

itterada

Member
Location
Bellingham
Genius. Are you still using (what looks like) 1/4" cord for the tether?

I really want it to work with 8mm cord but it makes everything so bulky :/

(edit P.S. how long are you making this guy?)
 

Adam_P

Active Member
Location
Randolph, MA
Very nice!

Mine ended up similar. I made 2 3/16" stainless "washers" that fit extra snug with a slic pin. They have a bit of throwline connecting the two washers, and one washer to the tether.

It's on and off in a snap, literally.
 

moss

Well-Known Member
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Very nice!

Mine ended up similar. I made 2 3/16" stainless "washers" that fit extra snug with a slic pin. They have a bit of throwline connecting the two washers, and one washer to the tether.

It's on and off in a snap, literally.


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Definitely want to see that, when I return the Spiderjack ;-)
-AJ
 

moss

Well-Known Member
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...Are you still using (what looks like) 1/4" cord for the tether?

I really want it to work with 8mm cord but it makes everything so bulky :/

(edit P.S. how long are you making this guy?)


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Yeah, using the 6mm NE Ropes tech cord. Nylon washers on each side of the tech cord eye where it joins the wrench to keep it snug and balanced. It's 9" long, still a good amount of hand room above the hitch with a 5 wrap VT fully loaded/extended using a 31.5" 10mm OP hitch cord.
-AJ
 

Adam_P

Active Member
Location
Randolph, MA
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Definitely want to see that, when I return the Spiderjack ;-)
-AJ

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Sounds like a plan. You must have about 6 tether variations and a pile of stitched eyes I'd like to get a look at.
 

treebing

Well-Known Member
Location
Detroit, Mi.
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Very nice!

Mine ended up similar. I made 2 3/16" stainless "washers" that fit extra snug with a slic pin. They have a bit of throwline connecting the two washers, and one washer to the tether.

It's on and off in a snap, literally.


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I love slic pins.
 

porktaco

Member
Location
Cashiers, NC
Is there currently somewhere that sells a rope wrench teather that would work with the hitch climber pulley? I noticed that treebuzz has one listed, but it's out of stock.
 

Adam_P

Active Member
Location
Randolph, MA
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I was gonna ask if I could borrow Adams Spiderjack!

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Nick, if you're really interested I'll send it your way next. Let me know.


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I love slic pins.

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Me too. I actually called them sometime last year to try and order some in weird sizes for other projects. I was bummed they were made to order with minimum quantities of a lot more than I was interested in.


I wish they'd make a deal with McMaster-Carr or some place like that.
 

moss

Well-Known Member
I've nailed a much better detachable tether design, uses a captive slic pin to attach to the Hitchclimber, no worries about dropping anything, quick on/off but secure. Also using better cordage for the tether core, Ocean Vectran 6mm (22kn). Will post photos later today.
-AJ
 

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