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Why ddrt over srt for beginners?

Discussion in 'Recreational Tree Climbing' started by Savan, Sep 16, 2015.

  1. Savan

    Savan ArboristSite Lurker

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    Hi gang-
    I've done some reading on srt vs ddrt and there are a bunch of posts that say don't touch srt until you're comfortable w/ ddrt. Why is this?

    Great site here I've found it HIGHLY educational. I'm a complete newb and did my first "low ascent" yesterday in my back yard. My goal is to do light pruning (anything I can do w/ no rigging) of some old oaks on our property. I'm practicing low w/ 9mm sterling accessory cord. No i'm not crazy or stupid I've already order a 120' hunk of arbor plex. I've heard mixed reviews of the arbor plex but hey, i'm only going to use it at most a handfuls of times/year and for $70 and treestuff's 10% off code I couldn't resist.

    As I said my first "ascent" was yesterday about 20' and it was srt w/
    -blakes (no split tail but I like the idea)
    -a diy foot loop
    -swiss seat + black diamond screwgate

    Yes the swiss seat sucked but I thought the setup was pretty straight forward. Foot loop was crucial as i tried locking first and didn't like it. lazy maybe (but i don't think so)?

    Also, Any suggestions for a cheap harness for a person in my situation? I don't want to spend $ on a pro harness for a few times/year.

    *disclaimer, i'm only pruning trees in my back yard that have no clearance issues. I have 3 trees in the front over the house and power lines that pros will do.

    Thanks for reading!
     
  2. Savan

    Savan ArboristSite Lurker

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    so i think I cleared something up to myself. What I did was actually the "traditional method" described in the companion; which i guess is ddrt, 1 rope double technique.

    but, i *am* still curious about why ddrt first-
     
  3. Nish

    Nish ArboristSite Lurker

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    srt does tend to require additional equipment not needed for ddrt (simple ascenders), or more expensive equipment ("hybrid" devices that can be used for srt and ddrt), or more coordination and skill (like foot-locking with a simple friction hitch).
     
  4. Del_

    Del_ I was cured all right.

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    Lots of reasons.

    Just do it and in time you will see why.
     
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  5. Wayne Wilkinson

    Wayne Wilkinson ArboristSite Operative

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    Because all that kit for SRT is nice, but should anything fail, you should know the basics to get your *** out of the tree. DDRT can be preformed with nothing but a hank of rope.
     
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    More simple and therefor less confusing( no transition to worry about from ascender to descender), less gear intensive and therfor cheaper, and DdRT is easily belayed from the ground, and therefor safer. A ground person can keep you from falling and also assist you in ascending simply by putting their weight on the opposite side of the line from the side tied in to your saddle.
     

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