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  1. RopeKnight

    2015 type A's

    Arbortec is holding up really well for me. Better than average, comfortable and easy to move/climb in. Love the ventilation and stretch. The outer protection that covers the front shin and knee is good and grippy to help get a leg up on a slippery stem. Good climbing pant that cooperates with my climb style and harness
  2. It's amazing how much more accurate and higher I can throw when standing on a round, step or the like. Really
  3. How are the battery operated saws working for you in low temperature? Thanks in advance tommy
  4. Sounds as if you need a feel for wood strength and trusting in that knowledge. Just do a bit more weight testing of your tip with your tip tighed below that and a lanyard to steady. King Kong your intended tip and read the deflection in the limb and listen for fracturing.. Remember your angles, the more horizontal you go, the greater the force applied at the tip and thus more weight sharing needed between you tip and the limb you walk
  5. See you in court Reg. Patent approved RopePoppins, it's a step in time:)
  6. Give nail polish a try. Durable stuff!
  7. Arbclimber 5 is out.Arb Climber Magazine - Home The article I ahve written "Staying Alive" is the best we could do with the information availble. thanks to all those who have contributed to this knowledge. Here is a sample. OPENING “It is better to be careful 100 times than to get killed once." (Mark Twain) Staying alive and the hate of pain are at the forefront of this article. Hate of pain in reference to what we endure as arbclimbers and as has happened so many times in the past to those who suffered at the hands of death. How do we avoid accidents? We avoid them by managing fatigue, distraction, performance and applying sound techniques, tools or a system to ensure optimal performance. We have all suffered and survived moderate to severe physical trauma including; contusions, abrasions, lacerations, and bone fractures as well as the more common soft tissue injury to ligaments, muscles, tendons from sprain, strain and over use of specific body parts. Our scars should not be a badge of honour for our efforts but more a motivator to positively address performance. The following article is one arbclimbers study in preventing accidents through systematic method of anticipating failures, evaluating and pretesting practices and plans, controlling out comes, transitioning and applying solutions to recover/rest, to recognize stress and life threatening accidents. Pain is the symptom of a deficiency or excess in our routine, life and work. Anticipate, Evaluate and Pretest, Control Outcomes, Practice and Plan and finally Transition for failure as well as success. I say failure in the way that knowing what can go wrong is as crucial as to knowing what can go right. thanks again to those who contribute!
  8. Try this if you will. Can be used with traditional bags.
  9. Looks like you could cradle/basket rig it at the 2/3 mark and pull tagline and rig the butt. Tagline to pull the butt off ass over tea kettle. Like you said take all the weight off that is in the air or minimally supportive Best of luck with the tile I would suggest you will not be responsible for collateral damage.
  10. “It is better to be careful 100 times than to get killed once." (Mark Twain) What do you all do to keep accident free? I will talk out loud to myself so that my brain hears what it is thinking. Creates an audible feedback loop so the mind can walk thru the steps and see any potential dangers, look for options, make a safe plan, commit to memory, and communicate with others etc They call it Self-Talk and also prepares the mind and body for the climb and actions required similar to what Spiderman does. Cheers
  11. 1 out of 3 shots at around 70' 1 out of 5 shots at around 90 to 100' Using one hand and exhale on the release and aim a meter above the target pretend the reward is this http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/89/Farrah_Fawcett_iconic_pinup_1976.jpg
  12. keep lanyard and rope on opposite side of saw if the drop is a fair way punt it shallower knotch and side cuts careful not to push to hard or the top will come back at ya
  13. depending on the species, dia and timing I love to see the stems bending and weaving.
  14. When you get to a point in the tree where the lead or limb is more horizontal than vertical it may be best to hang below or to the side to avoid rotating unexpectedely. I forget sometimes that you can climb the tree with out using the spikes-sometimes much easier say when negotiating dogs leg or crooks in the stem. Always remember gravity is your friend and learning to use it to hold your position is an important learning curve
  15. This should help your throwing or atleast knock a few more apples out of the tree.
  16. Wondering why backwards? The depth guage doesn't factor in as much.
  17. Much success today with Norway Maple and had a look at the saws inerds and nothing unusual to report. Centrifugal force seems to keep the debris out. Who new?
  18. If one wants to reduce the size of the Rk one can saw off approximately 20 cm or more and drill and tap a new whole to the nose cone. Which will also make it a an ounce or so lighter.
  19. Had a large Acer rubrum today and cleared all the gravel and the root flares with great success and managed to carve away one root well away from the concrete walk. Please be careful If you do put the chain on backwards the KICK BACK will take your head off. I used my 260. Took a short vid and will post if any one cares to see. Cheers
  20. Rk is bit over 16 cm and the average bag is 14cm plus the knot you tie to the bag. The BigShot does give me troubles at times and the slight twist does work. BS isn't perfect but even with the added bulk of the Foam or vinyl sleeve it flies pretty true. Hope you iron things out with the RK and BS;)
  21. My hands get dressed as soon as I leave the truck with Teet and Udder balm I think it is primarily lanolin with some antiseptic, it creates a really good barrier against moisture and cold. Then a really thin poly glove liner and rubber palm gloves or if it is really cold you will have to go to leather. Wool cap for the head or poly toque to cover the ears and back of the head. Scarf as well, the kind that pull over like a leg warmer so less risk of knottting/choking or snagging. Thin wool dress sock with a pair of work wool socks over that. Usually will wear three layers of poly longsleeve shirts and a sweater and depending if its really cold or windy will throw on a hooded shell or another sweater with wind breaker. The important thing is to be able to quickly moderate your temp through the work so you do not over heat and then cold. Having a jacket that can be removed easily and packed. Long john for the legs only come out when temps get below 15 to 20 I love the winter and cold but if my feet and head are wet and cold it is no fun.
  22. Long ascent and descent - SRT DRt most everwhere else except when too much friction is being applied from the ropes crossing over many leads/limbs Many times SRT is actually DRt in reverse becasue of the necessity to double back on the single line to return from limb walk or ascend. Drt is easier when going vertical when one hand can capture progress thru the split tail and the other arm and legs are free to climb SRt is always easier when the rope is your only choice for progress and forces you to make use of foot, sternal and handled ascending tools where double rope makes it easier to hand over hand. Srt forces you to utilize your feet/legs more. SRt for chunking down also, it is easier than drt because you simply choke your tip plus with an easy retrieval
  23. Only used the stihl like others couldn't live with out it. Have a look at the Kombi. this is much more versatile anything less than 35cc is a waste of money if you are going to put it to good use.
  24. Yr and 1/2 in my Scaffel. Will get two winters out of em but will have to shoe goe a few places where the rubber wore thru. Good climb cause the rubber is very grippy the hooks need to be beefed up a bit cause they bend out slightly when i wear the spurs was a few weeks getting used to the extra bulk but in the end I found them great at keeping me comfortable standing in tight crotches and banging around-good padding. They really neeed to dry out well overnight for the freezing cold the next day. I consider myself very hard on boots and found these to be a good match.


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