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Climb a 50-60 ft skinny dead horse chestnut today, luckily could anchor into a tree next to it but it was really unsettling, anyone had and bad things happen to the for learning advice??

 

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Climbed plenty I didn’t feel comfortable climbing without incident.

 

probably the worst thing I did was up a dead horse chestnut. I was keen to get the top out ASAP to give a false sense of security maybe.  The tip landed on a substantial lower limb and snapped it off.  That limb was going over some by lines.  Gave them quite a twang but luckily didn’t break them.  They were the thick main lines so that wouldn’t have been a cheap fix 

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Dead poplar,very brittle,shitting a brick the whole time.Taking the top was a bitch cause it had a lean and the saw wouldnt start..😖

Top went over and as it fell hung on slightly at ine side and the butt end caught my right knee,which made gaff out.Looking back i think i rushed the back cut and created that situation.

Lesson learnt-dont rush even if your shitting yourself

 

Choggin down the stem seemed to last forever but it went with no incident thankfully!!

 

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There’s dead and there’s dead.

 

How long dead? What species? Maiden or a topped tree?

 

Here is a one year dead HC I did this week, no issues at all, rigging or climbing.

 

Just use common sense, if it feels like breadstick, best not to trust your life on it.

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What's wrong with putting second line in around the trunk as often as poss?

 

Also, that spruce... no way of firing a wighted bull rope or something through the top of it and just pulling it down without the climb?

 

Don't shoot me, I know nothing. Just asking?

 

Ta

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2 minutes ago, Andymacp said:

Must do a dead Elm every week. Really solid an enjoyable to climb.

 Just horrible to chip always spitting bits back at you. Good practice for all the ashes to come

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What's wrong with putting second line in around the trunk as often as poss?
 
Also, that spruce... no way of firing a wighted bull rope or something through the top of it and just pulling it down without the climb?
 
Don't shoot me, I know nothing. Just asking?
 
Ta

Yea could have used a throw line and pulled a rope up with that but it was quicker to spike up 20 feet . The spruce was only dead one year it was solid. Could have climbed to the top, like mick said it depends how dead! I have climbed some bum twitchers before and weirdly I quite enjoy the extra unpredictability of dead trees
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