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Discussion in 'Recreational Tree Climbing' started by old dude, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. old dude

    old dude ArboristSite Member

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    Retired from commercial climbing years ago but am constantly looking for easier ways to get up and into a tree. Besides carabiners & slings, shot bags and grigri's---have found a device (at last) that makes getting around in a tree canopy much, much easier. Rope fetching device called a sidekick. Really helps in establishing multiple tie-in-points and is great at freeing up stuck monkey fists or throw bags. Light weight---telescopes to nine feet. Would like to hear from anyone else that can recommend a tool to make an old mans life easier?
     
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    Seems like a a set of poles would do the same thing, albeit the poles remain the same length & do not telescope.
     
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    ropensaddle Feel Lucky

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    Ground install a friction saver, install a redirect pulley at the base of the trunk. Tie into one end of your rope, the other on the hitch of the truck. Yell "Pull!"
     
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    old dude ArboristSite Member

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    Used to rely on pruner pole but stiff heavy and awkward to move around with in a tree---when dropped a hazard to anyone below. This Sidekick gizmo much, much better. Less than a pound so can be used with just one hand (I like that)---and is only 27-28 inches collapsed and attached to climbing saddle. Great for setting re-directs but what I'm really looking for is a way to ascend 60-70ft. Effortlessly.
     
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    Del_ I'm completely reformed.

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    Aren't you the one who makes this device and shows up here every now and again selling it?

    At any rate the sidekick hasn't gained much of a reputation among climbers and it's been around for years.

    Your ethics leave much to be desired and I'd never buy a product you sell because of that reason alone.
     
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    old dude ArboristSite Member

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    My my my---someone get me some aloe Vera---apparently I've been burned!
    Tree freak; I often sing the praises of small, lightweight portable climbing aides such as gri gri's, slings and carabiners micro- pulleys etc.... And it is trueI am most fond of the Sidekick as the older I get the more I appreciate (any) handy aide that makes getting around in a tree easier and more efficient such as the Sidekick which to the best of my knowledge has been offered through leading tree supply catalogs (which I still receive) for over three years. Seems as if it wasn't selling it would be discontinued but what do I know?
    What I do know is that it is a superior tool for the manipulation of ropes in trees, and has shown up in at least one jamboree---as well as in a video out of Japan---and has even been 'knocked-off' by a leading tree equipment supply house in Europe. Cheers
     
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    True that, but I can't reach out and cut limbs with the sidekick.
     
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    Del_ I'm completely reformed.

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    If the product is yours you ought to be honest right up front.

    As you stand to profit from sales your opinion of the product should be taken with a grain of salt.

    Got any happy customer testimonials?

    Tree freak is a title this site gives bases on post count.
     
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    Yes, there is a tool to make an old man's life easier: Its called a wife.
     
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    I think I saw a kid walk out of the arbo store with one of those the other day. I was thinking," It'll cost him but he'll learn."
     
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    Do you climb srt?
     
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    No, double line (old school). Body thrust, leg lock.
     
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    Get a long static rope, hitch hiker, and foot ascender. You can throw a rope over any good crotch, tie one end to the base of the tree and the other is your srt line. Go up it with a hitch hiker 2 and foot ascender and a weaver chest harness to tend your hitch hiker. Check out haas and saka if you choose to do this too
     
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    Get a long static rope, hitch hiker, and foot ascender. You can throw a rope over any good crotch, tie one end to the base of the tree and the other is your srt line. Go up it with a hitch hiker 2 and foot ascender and a weaver chest harness to tend your hitch hiker. Check out haas and saka if you choose to do this too. The HH, foot ascender and 200' of kernmaster rope and chest harness should be less than $500. It's worth it
     
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    A high tie in, a basal attachment with one end of the rope, and a SRT technic, (I like RADS) you won't need to pack that sidekick up with you any how. You'll climb safer, easier, faster.SRT
     
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    004-3.jpg Yes it is fairly effortless. No it is not cheap.
     
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    Mine was worth every penny.
     
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    Yup I use mine on 85% of climbs I do now I'll be 55 in april "God willing" and the aches and pains from my youth have caught up with me. This tool makes it possible for me to keep going hopefully till I'm 70! The tool might cost 1.00 a week to operate and it has not yet failed to start I'm happy with it. I have the hass and foot ascender too but I tend to use the wraptor its nice to go up saw attached to saddle ready to go at tip.
     
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    :rock2: that's a sweet setup...I might have to invest
     

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