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  1. But on a serious note, wouldn't it be a bit sketchy without a little more friction ? I find the initial release a little stiff after a direct hang in it.
  2. What if you add friction under it, or a figure 8 on a sling above it ? I understand that you wouldn't want to clip anyone else to the device alone.
  3. I've had mine for a few weeks now, maybe four. I gotta say, I love it, and it has become my first pick over a hitch and rw system. It tends sooooo easy, is great. Big thumbs up from me, glad I spent the money. Only downside for me, and it's a little one with my notch rook on the bridge.. sometimes I miss being able to combine twin systems on the spare hole on the hitchclimber. But that may just be the big mrs part of me talking !
  4. Cheers. In the video above ☝, the guy said that he hasn't had an ascender fitted yet.. is there an option to get an ascender on them? I've just been jamming them both (gaff and a foot ascender) on the one foot.
  5. Wasn't sure where to put this, it's aimed at any wage monkey, not just srs ! Has anyone tried the panther spikes ? I think they look like they could be worth a go, but I can't find any reviews. They look like the gekkos, but cheaper.
  6. I'd be interested to hear your opinion between the two. I ordered a rrp yesterday. I have previously held fire on mechanicals so it will be interesting. I nearly bought a bdb a while back now, but the swl was a concern to me. The rrp is happy with something like 140kg wll.
  7. Crikey !?! It ain't cheap ! I think that'll have to wait a month or two before I can stretch.
  8. Thanks very much, I'll have a look in to that rope 👍
  9. I've only had the courant squire Mark. Only got in on these things this time last year, I was just hoping it'd last a bit better. I'm happy to hold my hands up to admit that the retired rope is the one I transitioned on. Cougar blue a good recommendation then ? Will it play well with the rrp I've just pulled the trigger on ?
  10. My hands are tough ! I don't want nice in the hands, I want tough rope ! 😆
  11. I climb daily. Mostly stationary now on hitches and rw. I have two 60m courant squire 11.7 ropes, red and yellow are for stationary. I flake the rope in the bag and use the one end, rotate the rope every week to fortnight. A 45m liros reef 11.7 (seems more like 10mm) for moving rope with hitchclimbers. A 13mm Marlow gecko with blakes for conifers. It was a red courant squire v2 60m that I had to replace after less than a full year. I've still got old moving ropes from 10+ years ago that look okay (now just used as tag lines...).
  12. Hello, I'm looking for advice on what would be a tank of an srs rope. I've been running the courant squire v2, I've only had stationary for a year, and had to retire a rope already. It seems to me, that the rope I've had does not seem as tough as the moving rope I've used in the past ? I am taking care, looking out for potential snag risks like fences ect.. I've been keeping my bar cover on whilst moving around the tree. I've been trying to avoid ascender slips. Am I a rope butcher ? Am I unusually hard on rope ? I'm 95kg in my birthday suit, does that matter ? Anyway, by the by. I'd appreciate if you all could suggest a hard ass tank rope for my next purchase. ATB, Rob. Additional Note : just purchased the ce rrp, but still going to use all equipment on the new rope.
  13. It is totally worth it. I am always thinking back to trees I've done, and thinking how much easier they'd have been ! That day in Dorking was a first time for me working twin systems. Total ball ache at the time, but I've now grown to enjoy it here and there. Not all the time ! The benefits of having it as a tool in the tool box are numerous. I think the reason I've been browbeating it's use, is that I don't want anyone else doing what I did, and getting by on the cheap ! I used blakes because they're length adjustable, unlike a prussic. And they're cheap (off cut of climbing line). For a hitchclimber, I was using a cheap single attachment pulley. My whole gear replacement started when I got a proper hitchclimber pulley, and then kicked myself for being cheap for so long ! I know people who are very good, they're on two ends, two prussics, and a side strop. Like myself, working for years, no job that can't be done like that. But it can be better, easier, safer, more comfortable ect.. I suppose that really it stems down to an amount of jealousy, I'm jealous of all the options available to the modern climber starting now, and how I'll soon be too old for this line of work.i want them to use it all, and f#####g appreciate it ! 🤣

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