I'm a bit top heavy and am finding it somewhat difficult to keep myself in an upright sitting position in my New Tribe ProGear saddle. Unless my feet are against the tree, I tend to lean backwards more than I'd like.
I'm just wondering if anyone has any tips on adjusting the various straps to maximize the sitting-up position. Or perhaps there are other tricks I am unaware of.
I know, nothing losing 40 pounds wouldn't help... I'm working on that.
Just so you are aware I am new to this climbing thing (5 Months). But have just got in a chest harness with a ring to keep me in a more upright position. I am focusing more on srt climbing, so leaning back has been a issue for me as well. I got mine on the site Treestuff. I haven't tried it out yet as I have not had time. Initially I was using a neck tether with a carbineer to my hitch climber with a fisherman's knot (I had only one rope). The neck tether made me feel uncomfortable so I decided to get the chest harness to try out. Just my 2 cents
Thank you for the follow-up, Rob. And your photo with the chest harness really tells the story.
I tried using a homemade version the other day but I felt too constrained. I climb doubled-rope but it still seems like the harness you're using would help as much as anything. I'll be sure to order one, but I'm currently under a self-imposed equipment-buying moratorium due to all my recent purchases.
Meanwhile, my experiments with optimizing my saddle's configuration continue. I'm starting to think that, because the Pro-Gear is actually a work saddle but based on a recreational design, it ends up not quite being either. But it's a well-built saddle and I really like it, and the fact is I will use it for work and recreation. I'm sure I'll find the sweet spot one day.
In line with your suggestion, I looked at as many photos as I could find of folks hanging in recreational saddles. Indeed they appear to be sitting low in their saddles, thereby raising their rope connection higher and improving their center of balance.
I am gradually adjusting leg straps, hitch heights, and more, and becoming more comfortable over time.
Due to health reasons, I am unable to attend tree-climbing training and events in person. Therefore, I have relied on TCI's online courses, blogs, research, and suggestions like yours for enlightenment.