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I wear a good luck charm , detest climbing without it now :001_smile:


Call me weird but since I started climbing I had some change in my pocket which bought me a coffee or something, a penny was left over and it was the same age as my wife. I've never climbed without it since!

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Take the approach that there is no such thing as an accident.

Try to predict EVERYTHING that could possibly go wrong.

Assume nothing and take as long as you need.


Never hope - always make sure.

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Several ways to stay alive. Take note of all the small incidents, discuss them with the crew and take stock. Slow down. Don't take shorts cuts, don't try and be a hero; all the obvious stuff. This is pretty close to home this week after a colleague in Auckland lost his leg after trying to feed stuff through the chipper by kicking it in. Another guy in Wellington got a massive belt of the 220KVA lines and is lucky to be alive and we had our tenth forestry death this year, this week. I know this is not quite what the OP was asking but it was worth raising anyway. Most, if not all of those injured or killed had been doing the job for a good while and were experienced. Sometimes we think we are the man because we can do stuff bigger and better than someone else but sometimes we need to be able to know our limits and not try and push to hard. For some, it will be a sad Christmas. Stay safe.

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If I get scared or nervous, I normally start singing. What ever comes into my head. Very loud, very high pitched, and most of all, very badly. The ground lads take the mick, I respond with even more annoying songs. Pretty soon you forget why you're scared with all the banter going on.


Erasure - Little Respect works brilliantly.


I'm the same. Bit of The Jam, Town called malice is good along with Erasure and a few others.

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