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BenR

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  • Birthday 11/10/1988

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    Climbing. Drinking.
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  1. Well thats my two cents.. with all due respect to everyone there is nothing more to say. It is what it is.. some of us may not like it. But that's how it's supposedly got to be. Thanks for the heads up on the corgi thing. Looks like I need to update my analogies.
  2. I'm afraid I was not party to the discussion Tim. What I would say though is whether the lines are set to 60ft on DDRT or SRT there is no difference.. If it's one rope, it's one rope. And I think that was made clear to them. As I see it, the main issue for them is that we have more accidents than any other rope climbing sector in the UK and as such climbing on two ropes regardless of the technique used seems safer to them.. Where we go from here will be interesting
  3. Hey Paul, Yes of course IRATA is a more obvious comparison but the point I am trying to make is that until we have a proper scheme that clearly identifies proper tree work professionals (and the public have a better understanding of this too) then it's pretty hard for the guys doing to job to go out and work on two ropes whilst competing with big garry who gets up on the ladders and hacks the shite out of the trees with a 181 back handle one handed.. Hope you're well amigo!
  4. I'm sorry, I don't follow what you are trying to say...
  5. or destroy your house when they fell a tree across it.. Regardless of what analogy you choose to use, the point still stands. We need something to separate the professionals from the cowboys.
  6. This is the main issue... definitions. I would argue, as you have, that all rope work is work positioning. By the simple fact that we use ropes to get us into a position to perform work. Therefore, if conventional DDRT climbing is work positioning and only requires one rope then SRT should be classed as work positioning and only require one rope too. After all, what difference does it make whether the rope moves or not. It is still one rope or two no matter what the technique.
  7. Hello ladies and gents of Arbtalk.. I'm not going to claim to have read everything in this thread but what I will do is explain my involvement in the process. I was asked by the AA to attend said meeting to demonstrate SRT climbing techniques on one rope and two ropes, which I did and I had hoped that some sort of middle ground might have been found whereby people were advised to climb on two rope when reasonably practicable and otherwise continue as before. Alas the decision making process is nothing to do with me and we are now looking down the barrel of two ropes at all times. Whilst this isn't always practical I don't think anyone can argue that it will make us a safer industry... Trying to find some positive out of this: I can only hope that this new legislation helps to make the difference between professionals and people on the ladders with the poly pro rope and pole saw all the more clear. What would be great is if we could get outselves organised to the stage where as tree workers we need to be accredited to do the work and those that are not accredited simply cannot practise the job. You wouldn't get a gas engineer that's not corgi registered would you?
  8. Yes mostly mate.. It really doesn't like sap. But there are a few other issues that still need sorting too. Such as the side plate drag and the bottom roller sleeve and the top cam flip locking sometimes. Basically it's just not getting used so I'm passing it on to someone keen to try it. Can't wait for the finished version as there is amazing potential from it.
  9. Don't blame you Matty.. I'm selling mine too! And before anyone asks it's already spoken for. Sorry.
  10. Just the same old stuff mate. All good and very busy
  11. maybe Treekit hope you're well mate!
  12. I have the same problem when on the wrench Joe.. Being lighter its hard to get enough weight into it to get things moving. Although you are not really supposed to, I tend to just depress the wrench into the hitch and move like that if I dont have a lot of weight in the system. Then when descending with my full weight on it, I will operate it normally.
  13. BenR

    Throwline

    Stiffline by french touch concept! Its a stone cold killer but it does kink if left folded up. So just spin your cubes flat into a square rather that folding them up fully into a triangle. Or get some of the circular pop up containers

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