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  1. I was looking at one of them. I might just get one of them and be done with it
  2. Hi guys. What wire is best for making your own fids? got some thin stuff from a garden store, great for small diameter stuff. but it’s too fiddly and bends like mad using a long piece Cheers, Mike
  3. Hiya Tommy. Its ok, no worries. To be honest I haven’t really tried any to be honest. Just spliced a few throwlines and other bits and bobs with Brummels. But that’s really it
  4. I’m enjoying 10mm OP at 80cm tied as a knut on my Yale 11.7. I’m finding it buttery smooth 👌
  5. In that scenario then I suppose the quickie would be better than a ring. But there is the pinto tie in. Personally though I choose not to base tie and rarely do so. So I’ve never came across the situation I needed to swap
  6. When did I say I stand there feeding 30-40metre through a ring up the tree? If I need to advance my tie in. I’ll tie a running bowline from the ground and either clip in a small retrieval line or use the tail. Depending on the size of the tree.
  7. I’d rather use a ring to be honest
  8. I like the idea of the quickie. But i couldn’t trust it enough. I was always in fear that it could roll over and the slic pin being pushed out. I did like it for trunk work but I couldn’t keep it in my kit bag just for that purpose.
  9. Choke off with a running bowline using a ring and clip a second line on. Really easy to untie, advance then re-tie. Or instead of the second line use the tail of your line
  10. Rope length and I suppose climbing in general is very personal to each and every one of us. For me I use a 40m and 20m. I can’t stand having more rope than I need, it’s just a ‘tidy’ thing I have. Most of the work I do I’ll use a canopy tie so I’ll use whatever length best suits the job. If I need more of a working end, I’ll add the shorter rope onto the retrieval end and coil up any excess to not get in the way.
  11. Hello everyone, I'm keen to learn how to splice my own ropes, friction cords, etc. I’ve done a few locking Brummells recently but only on my throwlines, accessory cords. Stuff which is not life support, which I followed some instructions from YouTube. It’s my understanding that there’s different splices for different constructions of rope and that some ropes require some alterations? What’s peoples recommendations on what splices to try? wheres the best instructions? I’m particularly keen on splicing OP for my hitches. Where would be best place to get a batch break tested before I started using them? cheers for the help. Mike
  12. Stopped using the chin strap a while ago. Had a few occasions where it’s got caught up and pulled my head back. Not the greatest thing to happen when working on the tips of branches.
  13. Cousin Black Widow, anybody use it single line? if spoken to a few boys who use it doubled, but I want to hear people views/experience on it srt? Particularly through the wrench? I have some atrax, which is bloody lovely. But I am starting to find it abit thin for my liking. Anyone got experience from going from atrax to black widow? Any noticeable difference? Cheers, Mike
  14. Depending on what rope/hitch combo. You can get it to catch and release with relative ease. But my knot of choice for some time now has been the knut for both my primary and back up line.
  15. So here’s a solution to you woes. Just insert a dmm compact shackle. Increases the bend radius and if you wanna, thread another bridge to it. personally I don’t see a reason for camp to do anything. The gyro has many other possibilities/uses other than our bridges


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