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  1. 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 ! 🤣
  2. Hello Jon, how's it going ? Is it working out for you ? I've regretted not getting on it with the new techniques from the start ! I feel like I've been doing it wrong, or the hard way. Climbing on blakes and prussics for 20yrs, you'd get less for murder !!! Are you enjoying it, having fun merging it with your other systems ? Nice to hear from you 🙂 Rob.
  3. I've just read a bunch of my responses, I've been overbearing, sorry. Most people here will know that I started with srwp in March, because they helped me make the move. I haven't looked back. Although I still LOVE my hitchclimber set up with all the exiting setting options available. But now it would seem that I've become a bit of a born again srwp evangelist. I love them both, separate, and together. Just wanna say thanks to you if you got me through, and sorry for being too excitable. Rob.
  4. You lose a lot of the benefits of twin line like this. With a standard central anchor on your mrs, and a high re direct coming in from above on your srs, you're nice and stable. But if it's all from one place, you see ?
  5. I've got f####d knees, and I find the central loading of my foot loop on my knee ascender, much less painful than the inside loading of my foot ascender. Foot ascender are like spikes, knee ascenders are like ladders. So I keep the foot ascender for my better knee !
  6. Sorry mate, just noticed the "don't need a wrench" remark also. If you don't want your family enjoying Christmas courtesy of 'shelter', then to meet insurance quotas, you will need BOTH lines to be able to get you down from the tree in a safe and professional manner. With no rope wrench, should one line fail, you'll be on a single line with no wrench ! Heaven forbid that you burn out some hitch cord getting down ! But you wouldn't have to if you were just climbing normally on two systems !
  7. "It's all on one instead of two completely separate systems and lines ect... These are your own words. Can't you see how this is not what twin systems is about ? You've gone above and beyond the call of duty as far as hse are concerned. So far above in fact, that you've completely lost your way ! What you have done is of no benefit to your climbing practice. No benefit to your safety, and not going to make you faster. So why ? It's your interpretation that us wrong. Twin lines should be there to support you, should your anchor point or equipment fail. Twin lines should be there to assist a safer and more comfortable work position. Twin lines CAN be there to allow uou rapid ascent AND micro adjustments, the best of both worlds. I'm not trying to be a hater here, but you need to step back and stop over thinking this. Two separate anchors, and two separate systems, can benefit you. But once they hinder you, they become dangerous. Better off alive, than trying to meet a self propelled obligation. Like I mentioned, I don't mean to be a hater. These are just MY opinions, and once you take pictures, put them online, and add your description, you invite other people's opinions. Keep it simple stupid KISS. Stay safe, merry Christmas and a happy new year. Rob.
  8. BTW.. if your working moving rope, and not yet on hitchclimbers, then maybe consider that as your next progression. Then you can build up kit slowly. I was happy on moving rope and hitchclimbers for ages, its a brilliant system. But its better in combination with srwp. I went nuts, and bought loads of kit that I didn't need. I also made some kit that helped a lot. Home made knee ascender, various homemade chest harness/neck tethers, tied hitchcords, ect.. You need to know hitches. I was content with a vt and a distel on my hitchclimber. Now I have like ten hitches depending on how my rope is moving that day.
  9. Stop being cheap ! Stationary rope work positioning is a manditory tool in the modern climbers toolbox ! You need a throwline with x2 throw bags ( get one end stuck, use the other end + bag ) , foot ascender, a knee ascender , an appropriate rope, a hitchclimber set up, and a tape sling (loop of paracord, hitchcord, thick string, any bloody thing to keep your system closer in ascent ! ). Even if you don't like moving around the tree with it, you will discover it is invaluable for just getting in to the tree I promise. I added Stationary in March, I haven't looked back !
  10. Here the plastic thimbles are level. But, surely when the rope is tended on one, the other becomes slack ? They appear to be quite fluid around that one centre tie ?
  11. 100%, nail on the head. If it doesn't help you, it's dangerous.
  12. Hate to be the odd one out, but... I find a second system handy here and there. When on moving rope, I'd use the other end now and then for more comfortable work positions. So now, when I'm up a tree on stationary rope, I'll often have my hitchclimber set up on the bridge too. Not always. And especially not the last tree at 15:30 on any day with a y in it ! Today I had twin stationary set ups on the go while deadwooding cedars, it helped more than it hindered. I was only ever really using one, but the other was always there, and it was super handy for bypassing limbs.
  13. I ended up getting the DMM 4L bag. £26 posted, so a little cheaper than the notch bag, and it's made by DMM, I do like DMM kit ! Except the XRSE biner which bent on my foot ascender today... 😡
  14. Cheers Mark, I may go for it. I saw a few bad reviews of other bags.
  15. I'm running 11.7 poisen ivy. 8m, but I'm tempted to go a little bit shorter. I've just not been using the long end frequently enough to justify all the extra hardware and rope for the double ended configuration. I want to cut some weight. Do you use the little black clip it is supplied with, or a mini prussik ? I'm not convinced by the attachment point for the loop on the back, looks like one little pop stud ?


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