Never ever gaffes my rope ascending with spurs. Did it plenty of times spiking up a trunk though. The ascender on the shank will hold the rope behind the one gaff and I just ascend with my left leg in my saka. I do try to go a little bow legged to keep from gaffing myself so that seems to help. It’s really a non issue.
I rarely ascend the rope during removals, but when I have I don the ascender before my spikes, positioned closer to my heel, as others have said. Petzl, Notch, whatever brand, they’ll all work. It may not be as streamlined as a spur-mounted ascender, but it’s doable. As for not gaffing oneself or one’s rope- slow and steady. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.
That’s not what I meant. To clarify- I rarely ascend the rope with spurs on. To Steve’s point, there are times that setting a line is faster. When I do that, I almost never put my spurs on till aloft. Generally I cinch them to the top with the tail of my running bowline. Then I use my footie and knee ascender to climb.I agree I find it’s almost always faster to spike up the tree than spend time setting my line from the ground. Sounds like a spur mounted ascender would be a good investment
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