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Tree Climbing
« on: December 07, 2015, 10:39:42 AM »
Had a new experience this weekend. My brother Chris and I took a tree climbing class.
Now we are both in our mid (to late) 50's and just a shade under 300 lbs each. Chris has been wanting to take this class for a while now. I kept telling him "The Harzer family does not climb" Well it wasn't pretty but he proved us wrong.

We went to Druid Hill Part in the center of Baltimore Maryland and met up with a tree climbing expert and he showed us how to tie some knots, throw a line and rig our harnesses. It was a very good day I learned a lot and was absolutely exhausted when I got home!

Here's a couple of pix.
This is Chris showing the double line setup we used. easy to tie and very effective at lifting heavy loads. ;D
 

 


Gary helping me get rigged.
 

 

We have liftoff!!!!
 

 
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Re: Tree Climbing
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2015, 11:16:44 AM »
Great experience... do you have a sky hook up there?  What harness did you use?

Going to get the equipment and go climbing?
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2015, 11:36:40 AM »
As always, you're adventurous!   :)
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Re: Tree Climbing
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2015, 12:19:30 PM »
SUPER WEDGIE!  :D
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2015, 12:33:56 PM »
 Beenthere, I need to be a little more streamlined if I want to take this more seriously.
also, I am starting work on my own personal retirement home which will take all my time and finances for the next few years.
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2015, 02:56:34 PM »
SUPER WEDGIE!  :D
:D :D :D You beat me to it DanG it!

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Re: Tree Climbing
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2015, 02:48:31 AM »
You are getting up there.  ;D
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Re: Tree Climbing
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2015, 07:43:03 AM »
Yup, we always figured that you would get up in the world.   8)
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Re: Tree Climbing
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2015, 09:09:28 AM »
Good for you! Figure 8 on a bite for your saddle, figure 8 also in the bridge and as a stopper knot on the tail but what type of knot are you using for a friction hitch. Looks almost like a Blake's hitch but upside down.
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Re: Tree Climbing
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2015, 01:40:49 AM »
Yes Bill, its a Blake's hitch. But I didn't know It was upside down. It worked very well though.
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Re: Tree Climbing
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2015, 09:25:42 PM »
The USFS sent me to a tree climbing school at Chittinden Nursery here back in 1961, and I was certified in tree climbing for a few years for picking cones from our red pine seed orchards which were popular for seed collection at the time.

With the orchard tree spacing of the red pines, we could swing from crown to crown and tie in without having to leave and climb each single tree.  Couldn't do that task these days as i don't think that I could pass the annual physical that was required each year. ;)
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Re: Tree Climbing
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2016, 10:50:53 AM »
Although I rarely use a blakes hitch, I've never used an  "8" between my saddle knot and my hitch.  I understand it on the tail to prevent roll out, but what is the purpose in between?
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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2016, 07:49:02 PM »
A knot in the bridge is for identification. It shows where to cut in an aerial rescue situation.
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Re: Tree Climbing
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2016, 10:11:07 PM »
That's pretty cool week end,,   I like it and would do it,,
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

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Re: Tree Climbing
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2016, 09:13:53 AM »
A knot in the bridge is for identification. It shows where to cut in an aerial rescue situation.

I've never heard that before.   It seems anyone trained in aerial rescue should know this, but thank you very much for the info. 
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Re: Tree Climbing
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2016, 01:48:15 PM »
A knot in the bridge is for identification. It shows where to cut in an aerial rescue situation.

That is what I was taught also. But it always struck me if a person was smart enough to know that the knot meant cut here, he should be smart enough where to cut anyway.  ;D  Not to mention if the knot was tied in the wrong area in the first place.  ::)
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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2016, 07:43:35 PM »
When I had 6 guys working for me we would practice aerial rescue. With an incapacitated climber in a tree it can be very hard to see and isolate the bridge. With a knot in the middle you can find it by feel, pull it away from the climber to verify and cut it.
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« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2016, 01:28:11 PM »
Do many people still climb with a blakes or taughtline that form this type of bridge?    I can tie it and used it as a beginner, but with so many better french prussic variations, I would never use it as my go to hitch.  I don't have interaction with many climbers so this is why I ask. 
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« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2016, 04:16:31 PM »
I think it is great to see Weekend-Sawyer and his brother out taking a climbing lesson.I can not say I have ever tied in using that system.I was taught to tie a buntline to my saddle,using the tail for my bridge and then the blakes.I have been using an eye to eye,and using a distel tied to my climb line.The latest generation climbers are using srt and it is a huge step forward.  No need to enter the tree for aerial rescue, basically untie the climbers base tie and lower on a figure eight with ears.

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Re: Tree Climbing
« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2016, 06:29:02 PM »
 I don't know any thing about this stuff. What I would like to know how did you get the rope in the top of the tree stupid_smiley say_what
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