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Getting a line up a 35 meter tree

Discussion in 'Recreational Tree Climbing' started by luckycharms, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. luckycharms

    luckycharms New Member

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    Hi Folks,

    I need to get a line up a 35 meter tree. I work in tropical forests, and I need it so I can raise a string of light sensors up into the canopy. I bought a handheld slingshot and a 12-oz bag attached to 1.75 line. Any idea if I'll be able to shoot it that far? Perhaps a weight and a fishing line will do better - I'm not sure.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

    thanks!
     
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    Big Shot, Sherriltree.com. a slingshot won't throw a 12oz that high, and a fishing weight won't be heavy enough to drop back down.
     
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    35 metres is 115 feet. If there's a hand held slingshot that will shoot anything up there I'd like to see it. You're going to need a bigshot (8 feet tall slingshot) and possibly a 4 foot extension for it. I'll be needing possibly a 14 ounce throw weight to get the line back to the ground though you may get away with it if it's light line and the branches are not too grippy. You will need multiple attempts to get the line where you want it. If you want the line right up high in the tree you will need (at least) a 200' line. You may get 2 or 3 lines stuck in the tree before hitting what you want, so consider that beforehand if you are unable to climb the tree, and cannot leave lines hanging for whatever reason.

    Shaun
     
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    I would use a bow and arrow or crossbow with a fishing spool attached, the kind you shoot through. Check out some videos of people ascending redwoods. Sometimes the first branch isn't for 110 ft.
     
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    don't ask me

    I struggle to get a line 30 feet up by throwing it
     
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    Naked Arborist Hack from way back.

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    I suck a hand tossing to. My accuracy is not good. PVC or CPVC potato gun powered by propane :)

    Should I start selling them?
     
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    Big shot will send 16 oz throwball 120' - 150' no problem.
     
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    Kind of pricey though for a hobby
     
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    A hundred dollars is pricey? Nothin about climbing is cheap, but the bigshot is the best hundred you'll spend.
     
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    100 is big money in Iowa

    Yeah I'll put one on my wish list I've heard that they work good
     
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    big shot works great. if your on a super tight budget you can buy a wrist rocket (sling shot) and take it apart, attach the head to an old used broom handle and then run the broom handle down the center of a thick walled pvc tube (8 ft. long). it wont get the range of a bigshot but its a cheap way to get started. cost you about $30 to make it. for your throwline, you can use the heavier grade mason's line, cost about $10 for 500 ft. before i was willing to invest any real money in climbing i just figured out how to make things for cheap that would serve the same function. it works just fine but the investment into the quality gear that is intended to do the job, is worth it. longer range, better accuracy and lines that dont snap/snag/tangle as easily save headaches.
     
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    Sorry mate, I'm not too sure how you would be able to do this, but the larger slingshots sound about right, and something heavier that a fishing weight would definitely be advisable seeing as this is a 35 foot tree, would it be better to have some sort of old weight on there that won't be so easily caught?
     
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    35 meters bud, about 115 ft.
     
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    metric is hard

    Meter! WTF!:dizzy:
     
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    I don't deal in meters but anybody who is half proficient with a bow should be capable of doing it with one shot, crossbow would make it even easier.
     
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    I gotta disagree there. I've had my big shot completely maxed out, with 12' I pole an two guys launching it, and never seen anything close to 150', even with a 12 oz weight. To say 120' is no problem, is an exaggeration. I think you'd be seriously pushing it to reach 100' with a 16 oz. I'm happy to be proved wrong, but I'd want to see video, with both ends of a 200' throw line off the ground before I'd believe it.

    Shaun
     
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    I don't even have a bigshot anymore, Shaun. All the trees around Georgetown are so small. I rarely have to set a line more than 60' these days. But in Kingwood after Ike we had some good solid 110-120' Loblollies that we would launch right over if we weren't careful. Do you have a new or old style? I like the new style better, feel like I get better height and accuracy. How old are your straps? Oh, and this was with Slickline, that really thin waxy line. Jeff.
     
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    Home-made Pneumatic launcher.
     
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    got pics?

    That's what I need, plus I like to make things, it cost's more and they tend not to work, BONUS!:laugh:
     
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