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The only thing im climbing are the walls waiting for Will to finish his first tree lol

 

Slow and steady and all that :001_tt2:

 

How many staff do you know that would recieve a phone call at 7.30am and come into work having gone to bed at 5am .... dedication mate :sneaky2::lol:

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Its called the fatalistic gene, it kicks in once you have parental responsibilities, or other major responsibilities, such as becoming a parent, large mortgage etc. For some reason it affects the way you double check every time you connect a karabiner, when you tie a rope etc. Does my head in. its why when it comes to the large dangerous dismantle you think hmmmm, i can make more on the ground managing than being up that tree, and i get to go home at the end of the day. I seem to always get it once i am on a standing pole high up, seems to be the loneliest place in the world

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When I’m above my comfort zone, which is around 70 ft. I often get the nursery rhymes Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty stuck in my head. Think it’s my subconscious trying to calm me down by making light of the situation.

Either that or the result of too many of the funny mushrooms that grow around silver birch as a youth.

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Since moving I find trees that I thought were big in the uk are pretty standard now I get more cautious when up monster trees, I climbed a 250ft (72m) Eucalyptus Regnans and It was cool but I was more cautious. Dead and dying trees over things like powerlines is what i'm most afraid of but what you imagine is normally worse than what it will actually turn out like.

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Proper happy i found this thread, my confidence took a wee knock today while working in a crack willow. On the way up i was taking a few pesky branches off and noticed the branches gave out as soon as the silky took a few bites, i knew the tree was relitively fragile as the name suggests but add this to the excessive wind that was kicking up and it was proper squeaky bum time. I just couldnt get my mind off of the possibillity of my anchor point failing. I only started climbing last year so im hoping confidence will grow with experience...hopefully!

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Some days you need to go down and clear your head, other times you need to take a deep breath and keep going up.  Experience makes the desicion making easier as time goes on.   I’ve never had a negative outcome from getting out the tree and either felling it in a oner after speaking to whoever is in charge or coming back and seeing it in a different light with more confidence and cracking on.

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Your only human,

its called self preservation,

Its a good thing,

It keeps you alive.

If your in doubt,come down,rethink,re anchor and crack on.

Dont be too hard on yourself weve all had shit your pants moments that make you question why your hangin 60 foot in the air by a rope, cutting a stick with the most dangerous powertool known to man...

Ooooh exciting!

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