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High Scale

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    Senior Member, Raffle Sponsor 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Birthday 29/12/1969

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    Mercenery climber, Owner, general dogs body

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  1. For the consultation why did the HSE, instead of using incredibly competent climbers who are experts in all types of climbing and training? Why not witness less competent climbers, guys or girls that are three years in say, or utility climbers? These type of climbers are arguably at more risk of mistakes than more experianced climbers. When I started climbing over twenty five years ago my mind was a lot different to how it is now, an older experianced brain is better at coping with more complicated climbing systems and managing those systems in a safer way than a young fresh still learning brain. Climbing systems should be, as a rule, as simple as possible to enable the climber to carry out the tasks with as little risk as possible, two rope systems add unneeded complications to every day climbing operations. Saying all this though I'm not totally against twin rope systems and used such recently on a victim of Ash die back, I couldn't trust just one TIP knowing the horror stories of the brittle nature of affected trees, so I used two ropes with two different devices in a safe controlled manner. I believe the inventor of the RW has recently been climbing with two small diameter ropes running through one system, this could be an answer because you could tie in with two different TIPs but still use the two ropes as one, would this be acceptable? So this has come about because of safety and prevent people from getting hurt and that's great but what it's also about is liability and who gets the blame and pays the price, or even doesn't when things go wrong. How about enabling people to choose appropriate systems for individual tasks? Much like we can choose to wear a different class of chainsaw protection in hot weather as long as we justify that decision in our risk assessments. Accept that accidents happen no matter what precautions are taken, accept that minimizing risk is all you can do, accept that some tasks require different approaches and people should not be nannyed into using systems that on paper look really good but in practice can increase risk to the inexperienced.
  2. I like the grip it provides, just hate the way it constantly gets caught in everything possible.
  3.  'It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.' Upton Sinclair

  4. I've been trying to think of one Petzl rack, but that is a decender.
  5. Good, not my favourite rope though.
  6. You need to keep tension on the eye when you splice double braid to stop the eye bunching up like Liros splice in your picture.
  7. Used 16 strand is not easy to splice but is possible, the trick is to keep everything smooth and take your time. I did this one last week, admittedly I took the core out as itsvonly being used as a tool lanyard.
  8. I'll keep climbing on mine though.
  9. Apparently it won't get a CE mark as it's adjustable.
  10. Defending swastika carrying,Nazi salute throwing apes? What a t w a t.
  11. Great, throwing Nazi salutes and carrying swastika flags, good job knob heads!
  12. Is that English Braid? Im going up on Friday I'll bring my splicing kit, if I can pinch some appropriate whipping twine of Nod I could do it otherwise somebody there could do it.
  13. So how do I restrict the dump ports?
  14. Bed has always come down at a rapid pace, changed the motor and pump and its the same. Conclusion - the problem is the ram unless I got the only motor and pump with the same problem in the whole of the West Country.


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