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  1. I'd get in contact with a few local companies and see if you can get a shift dragging brash as a labourer, just to see if you like the work. It won't show you everything about tree work but might give you a taste. The Barony college in Dumfries do several courses that are broad and will give you a good grounding in various aspects of the industry, they're pretty heavily foresty based if that's a direction you'd be interested in going in. If that's not an option or doesn't appeal then the quicker but more expensive route in is to just pay for short courses to get your chainsaw tickets. Get some PPE and then see if you can pick up shifts here and there. With tickets and your own kit you can expect to be paid pittance for the first bit, just seems to be the way things are in the central belt ¯\_ (ツ)_/¯ . Not suggesting it's any better anywhere else...
  2. Looking for a stump grinder to rebuild as a project. Anything in any state considered but preferably self-propelled if not tracked.
  3. It is a double slic pin which is less likely to pop out. It's nice for a quick alternative to the maillon, such as a base tie for ascent, or advancing your anchor or a simple redirect, but I've not worked off one for the whole tree.
  4. Ah I did mean UltraO, I'm always getting those 2 mixed up
  5. PerfectO are good, you might want to pop a rubber stopper on the far side to stop everything riding round
  6. So was the Singing Tree Quickie CE marked? I ended up getting the Notch one for some reason which isn't CE marked, but remember that one had the mark and t'other didn't though they were the same price. Can't seem to find the Singing Tree one for sale anywhere, and no idea when the notch one will get it's CE marked.
  7. +1 for getting a longer 60m rope, makes traversing or redirects much more doable. I've got 50m of Sterling HTP and it's surprising how often it's only just long enough after a base tie on a large tree. Maybe add a maillon or anchor ring for a base tie and/or canopy anchor. I wouldn't say you're over egging it, it's good to focus on the ascent aspect of SRT systems as that's where you'll see the most benefit initially. Other benefits will come as you gain more experience and knowledge of the system. Gear for redirects can easily be found in stuff you'll already have (HMS karabiner, sling, e2e hitch chord etc.) (At first read of your post title I legit thought your wife was leaving you and you were buying some SRT kit to cheer yourself up...)
  8. Wow talking about the bend radius of the gyro takes me way back to the beginning of the thread. What a journey it's been.
  9. I had wondered if it was because you're adding an extra component in, an extra link in the chain that can potentially fail. The benefits conveyed but the use of the gyro far outweigh the risk of failure imo. I'm going to try either a Petzl Open with some rubbers to keep the gyro away from loading the wee plastic section, or the Courant Odin.
  10. Thankyou for your interest in my balls but I'm not sure what point you're trying to make.
  11. Ok so a gyro on a semi-permanent connection such as the DMM shackle pictured above or Petzel Open ring would be compliant also?
  12. I was under the impression that it wasn't kosher to run 2 rope systems through a single attachment point to the harness (such as a Gyro) and had started to write a justification for using it, but going back to the ICOP and draft Technical Guide 1 I can't actually find anything stating that you can't do that...In fact I found the opposite - In the draft technical guide 6.6.1 b) states "The same point on the harness may be used to connect the primary and backup systems". Has this changed? Or where am I getting the 2 seperate connections to harness thing from?😵
  13. I'd put this in the employment section too, climbers looking for work will be going there rather than here.
  14. Is this for recreational use or for tree work? If for tree work then you'd be better off using a more versatile system, incorporating a descender like the TAZ Lov2 to capture progress and then be able to descend (replacing the Croll/Basic ascender in your picture), and that way you'd be rigged for rescue. Look into knee ascenders, much more efficient than frogwalking. Also why use 10mm line? The new ICOP doesn't actually seem to mention a minimum diameter for rope (just a MBS which a lot of 10mm cords surpass) but most ascenders/devices for industrial and work use require a minimum 11mm diamter rope. Lots of useful info and resources on youtube if you can't get on an intro to SRT course at the moment.
  15. I was actually told at college thickness of the bottom of the thigh just above the knee - quite a bit more variation there amongst folks...


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