How do you maximize your ability to quickly move up, in, and down a tree without compromising safety and protection of yourself, your equipment, and the tree? If you can, explain why your solution is faster than and at least as safe as other alternatives.
18 years 6 months ago - 18 years 6 months ago#123232by nickfromwi
Replied by nickfromwi on topic
If we're just talking up and down...no messing around, that can be pretty quick.
I pick where I want my line, then get out the throwline and start tossing. After 1-15 tosses, I'll have it:D Once that's done, I set my line, throw on my footlock prussik, and start footlocking up (at an easy pace, 40 feet can be done in less than two minutes. If you're really hauling, you can do it in less than 30 seconds. World record is 40' in less than 11 seconds).
When I've gotten as high as I want, I stop, hang on my prussik, put a Munter Hitch on below the prussik (it's a klemheist I use, actually), then reach up, release the klemheist, and rap down on the Munter.
This way is reasonably quick because it involes minimal gear. You need only rope, saddle, footlock prussik, and two carabiners. No split tails, flipline lanyards, slings, etriers or what have you.
Let's hear yours!
18 years 6 months ago - 18 years 6 months ago#123168by Tom Dunlap
Replied by Tom Dunlap on topic
Nick's solution is the simplest. But, of course, you understand that it compromises safety on a number of levels. In certain situations, this could be perfectly legitimate but not for normal climbing.
17 years 9 months ago - 17 years 9 months ago#123995by Bradley Ford
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Originally posted by Bradley Ford
How do you maximize your ability to quickly move up, in, and down a tree without compromising safety and protection of yourself, your equipment, and the tree?
Ascending on a static rope system is inherently quicker than a dynamic rope system. Use of a self-tending hitch or a slack tending device also increases speed.
I, too, don't understand why Tom says that Nick's solution "compromises safety on a number of levels". A Munter hitch is not as safe as other rappelling devices, such as Petzl's I'D. What else does Nick's solution compromise?