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  1. Yes, no core through the eye and locked Brummel. Have also been extracting the core where the cover eventually exits, and then reinsert the core strands along side of the buried cover, helps to avoid snagging.
  2. Tried something different for a 16 strand splice. Since it’s locked wasn’t sure how much of a bury it would need. Still have to deal with the overlaps.
  3. Some climbers deal with a too short tether by pushing up the RW each time before weighting the hitch, personally I don’t care to do that, just like it’s not desirable to have to reset a hitch each time. One tether has rubber o rings to prevent too much rotation, which helps to prevent the jamming. Putting thin o rings on each side of the attachment post does the same thing, I’m finding. A shorter tether can be used if a compact hitch with the shortest possible legs is used.
  4. I guess I’m not either, thought you just needed a stopper to hold beads in place.
  5. Cut the cord and make a diamond or button hole knot, usually used on soft shackles.
  6. I don’t think the Treemo Lite has holes for the dogbone to bolt to, only the Evo.
  7. Did they put the whipping on it, nice job?
  8. The Samson Endless Loop Sling looks to be just a spliced end to end loop, girth hitched to the tree. The other foot might be in a separate sling. A fixed length limits what size branch you can use. Various lengths would be needed, or an adjustable Loopie, which you might to be able to make a double foot sling. Ready made slings can be much smaller and store easier. Coverings for the foot loops can be what best suits your wishes from just protection to stiffness, if not using hard sole footwear. The loops aren’t useless, I carry a few in different lengths of the dyneema ones in small pouches. Locked Brummel is what you did on the Icetail splice when the short tail went through the side of the long part of the rope, and then the long section passed through the short tail. The thin spot on the Icetail splice is completely safe to use with the break strength of just the cord itself being considered. I remember reading that a Prusik will slip at around 1000lbs. Some other friction hitches will strip the cover before sliding.
  9. You might be able to milk the cover to close up the eye again. If it gets there, hold it tight at the throat and milk to the end of the rope. The rope end, if melted, might have to be cut off if the cover bunches at the end.
  10. Brocky


    From the instructions and video it looks like there is some core in the eye, only four pairs of core strands were removed, I don’t know how many there are in total, so just a reduced volume class I double braid splice. Have read that the splices won’t pass through a ZigZag?
  11. Sorry for the unclear post, the above two hitches are variations on what I think you are using which is below. The small loops are showing the different ways the loop, or nip can be formed, basically you get the same results, with the ends in different positions. I first saw it in a book which only used a cord for the illustrations and I mistakenly assumed it was a double eye hitch and used it that way for a while.
  12. Sorry Ben, but you’re at least the third to discover this hitch. It’s recent name is the Penberthy, but it was used in caving years before as the Helical Hitch. The hitch has the problem of the Bowline tightening when loaded, causing the added slack in the wraps to not grab. Bob Thrun came up with a variation that helps to lock in the wraps tension better. Bob’s on top and a slight variation.
  13. Footloops aren’t that stable to stand in because it is hard to keep your center of gravity over your feet. Your toes, or the side of your foot need to be touching the tree to prevent your feet from swinging out from under you. I use them to mostly support only one foot at a time. If you wear hard sole boots smaller cord is always better for weight savings, and there’s no need for a high break strength if it’s not for life support. Splicing 12 strand is much easier than double braid to splice and doesn’t have the length limitations that you mentioned. Straight bury, lock stitch or plain Brummel, and locked Brummel are three ways to make eyes, it’s a strength vs security issue on which to use. The Ice Tail splicing instructions from the manufacturer might still be wrong on some of the measurements resulting in a bump in the middle of the hitch cord. I don’t think friction hitches are recommended for adjustable slings that will be shock loaded, they may slip and cause rope damage. Spider legs are different because mostly static loading only.


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