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8 years 4 months ago #136060 by climbhigher
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Hello My name is Dylan I am a new member. I've been doing tree trimming and removal for a little over a year now. I am self taught through books and other forms of literature. I was curious what kinds of set-ups other climbers use and what you all think works efficently while exerting the smallest amout of energy, but overall whi
le still being as safe as humanely possible. For trim jobs I usually use a split-tail system with carabiners, a micro pulley as a slack-tender, and a foot ascender. I've been thinking of saving to purchase a mechanical ascender to create less friction but I like the friction hitch that I use it seems reliable. Let me know what kinfd of set-ups you use or any advice you might have for an up an coming arborist thanks.

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8 years 4 months ago #136061 by 2chops
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Welcome aboard Weclimb. Speaking only for myself, I prefer simplicity over a bunch of do dads. I prefer a split tail system, and use a biner for a slack tender. I've not tried any of the mechanical ascenders and to tell you the truth, I have no particular interest to. I have nothing against the new trinkets. They're just not my thing. The only trinket I use is a Gibs microcender for my lanyard adjustment. Now THAT is worth its weight in gold. Way better than the old prusik adjuster.

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8 years 4 months ago #136062 by climbhigher
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2chops, thanks. The mechanical lanyard adjuster is indeed worth it's weight in gold. I also recently started using a cheap foot ascender instead of the boot wrap or hip thrust I have somone hang on the rope and with a micro pulley I get up pretty easily and that has been a great energy saver. But I feel like there has got to be an even easier way to make those long trips to a canopy.

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8 years 4 months ago #136065 by moss
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weclimbtrees wrote: ...But I feel like there has got to be an even easier way to make those long trips to a canopy.


What kind of height are you talking about for long ascents? A few different ways to approach it technically to improve your efficiency.
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8 years 4 months ago #136066 by moss
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In general you can divide tree access into two categories:

1. Single or doubled rope static systems (by static meaning the rope doesn't move, only the climber moves)

2. Doubled rope dynamic (DRT, by dynamic meaning the rope moves and the the climber moves)

For category 1 static systems you can further divide it into single rope or doubled rope.

Doubled static is commonly known as secured footlock

Single rope is commonly known as SRT.

Ok... so to improve your canopy access efficiency you could do one of the following static techniques:

1a. Secured footlock on doubled rope. Efficient but technically and physically demanding, you have to work at it to become efficient.

1b. Single rope ascent (SRT) technically demanding, many different approaches with mechanical devices, very efficient, requires more gear generally to be efficient.

Or... you can make your DRT technique more efficient. Will never be as efficient as static ascent techniques but can be improved upon.

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8 years 4 months ago - 8 years 4 months ago #136067 by climbhigher
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Thanks AJ,
Recently I've been working on the SRT where you tie your line off to a tail tree. It seems to be working. Thanks for the tips, I'm going to keep learning all the different styles and try to become proffitient at all of them.
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