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About Thesnarlingbadger

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  • Birthday 20/03/1987

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    Bristol & Wootton Bassett
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    Surfing, Music and obviously trees
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  1. Ropes will still get cut, branches will snap, people will be doing things for the 'Gram and the TikTok... For the gram? TikTok? Am I missing something here?
  2. Ooo sorry I haven’t checked in for a while. Looks like a lit a fire and just walked away. Sorry Paul I thought you might get roped in to this one at some point. My argument is that I have been climbing around 14 years and never had a climbing accident, touch wood. The people who have had climbing accidents that I know of have always done it because they were either complacent or cutting with a saw a few inches from their arm. I have seen and herd of more accidents in the top of a conifer hedge where people are topping and making quick cuts and let’s face it what the hell are 2 lines in that situation ever going to change other than make the whole job more stressful (most people working in that situation are doing it with a strop and nothing else). The two rope thing came about because there were more accidents but did HSE look into what accidents happened or was it just a case of “oh crap this industry has countless accidents let’s make it more of a nightmare to even work”? I completely get what you are saying that in the future more people will be climbing on two ropes but that is not safer at all and what we will see is more stupid accidents because climbers are getting tangled in 2 ropes or they will cut one of their anchors out of a tree because they are not thinking straight. More ropes more complications as fair as I can see. I’m not having a go and I started this thread because I genuinely can’t see a be if it to this situation and most climbers I come across feel the same why.
  3. Been dead quite for us the last few weeks. I’ve had work booked in and it’s starting to run quite. Just done 2 days actual work this week and spending the rest of the time sorting out paper work and getting on top of some welding and other bits I needed to do around the yard. I’m not to bothered because we always go a little bit quite once nesting season comes in and the phone has stated to ring a bit more this week. I have work booked in for next week and the following week now but I feel more comfortable when we have 6 weeks booked up which is fairly standard for us the rest of the year. Plus we have a couple of tenders in at the moment and a couple of site clearance jobs booked in for July. So things always turn around. I actually enjoy it when it goes a little bit quite means I can get down the pub on a weed day when it’s not packed (every cloud). Just try and enjoy the quite time and sprang the time sorting stuff you can’t usually get on with because before you know it you’ll be back to 7 day weeks and pulling your hair out because there’s not enough hours in the day.
  4. I always put in the RA that two lines would make the job more awkward and there for dangerous. But on some of the sites we work I will use two lines to make sure we are sticking to the book. Generally though nobody has a clue and HSE might turn up and see we aren’t swinging chainsaws around and trashing things and be happy.
  5. Yeah sorry I understand the AA didn’t come up with this whole thing but I’m aware they will be the ones watching this thread and not HSE. I do think it’s a shame that more coins t be done when this all kicked off by them as I have spoken to instructors who also think the whole thing is a joke and others within the authority side of the industry who feel the same way. If you want to make it safe better training is key. IMO
  6. That’s also a good point if I was subbing and the boss asked me to use two lines I wouldn’t grumble because it’s their ship at the end of the day. Im just saying I’ve had maybe 10 or so different climbers come in and do some work for me since the start of these new regs and most of them are still working for me and out of them only one was using double ropes so I was just wanting to see if it was different in other parts of the country.
  7. Thanks for the input on this. I think the way I see this is if 95% of people aren’t bothering with this then why the hell aren’t the AA reviewing this again and saying actually no one is going to be using 2 ropes unless it makes there lives easier on the job so let’s review the situation again and come up with a better way of doing this. Mick I know exactly what your saying but I just think that it’s so over kill on most trees that common sense tells you how ridiculous it is. I would say I’m more carful I. A tree now than I was before and that’s because I don’t want to have an accident and the AA turn round and say look if you had to ropes in this wouldn’t have happened.
  8. Good to know guys. I think from what I have heard most of the country are sticking to the old rules.
  9. The only time I want to see that many ropes is when the misses is getting kinky
  10. Thanks Steve that’s good to know. I thought maybe the rest of the country were sticking to the rules and it was just the south west that stuck there middle finger up to it all.
  11. So it’s been on my mind for a while now but I just wanted to see how many people are actually climbing on 2 ropes? I’m going to get a load of crap from the AA for this I’m sure but I’ve been climbing for 15 years or so now. Learnt on 1 rope and have tried 2 ropes but other than the odd occasion can not seem to get my head around it. I have tun my own business for the past 6 years and have Subbies working for me. Every climber that comes through climbs on a one rope system bar one chap who came to do a few days with us. He was a nice guy and a fairly decent climber but he spent so long organising his kit that a half day job ended up taking a whole day and we had to go back to sort the stem the next day. Not having a go at him and if that’s the way he wants to do things that’s fine but I would have had the tree down in half the time and been out of there by 2. What I want to find out is how many of you are climbing on two ropes now and is anyone finding a quicker way to do things on this set up? I stick to every other health and safety aspect of the industry but I’m finding I’m to long in the tooth for this one. I’d like to hear form some of the older crew on this one as I find it hard to believe there are many 50 year old climbers out there throwing two ropes up the tree. Obviously this is a bit of a awkward subject given the fact that H&S is involved and if you would rather send a message to my inbox I understand. It’s been driving me mad the fact that every single person I know (bar one) agrees with me that the 2 rope system is ridiculous 2 years on. Let me know your thoughts and que the abuse I’m going to get from this. Thanks
  12. So I think the morel of the story here is get a dog
  13. Just heard this off a mate but it’s probably old hat as I’m not so up on current jokes unfortunately…… Micky and Minnie Mouse are in the divorce court and Minnie’s lawyer says to Micky “so you say you want to divorce Minnie because she is a bit silly, I don’t really see how that is grounds for divorce”. Micky at the stand Micky says “no I said she was F*****g Goofy”.
  14. I had one for a week and it bent slightly meaning I couldn’t put all the extensions back together. They seem solid but the ally they are made from is weak and i have only ever use Jameson’s since, which are fine but do end up taking a beating and over time you will need to replace poles. I probably buy 4 or 5 poles a year but it’s the guys using them more than me and you expect to have some collateral running a business. But a replacement pole costs £50-80 where as a whole silky set costs a fortune.
  15. It’s the same as keys that fit any lock type things, unless your a locksmith the only reason you are buying them is to do someone else over. Drives me nuts.


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