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First time buying climbing gear...Where to start??

Discussion in 'Commercial Tree Care and Climbing' started by Khntr85, May 20, 2017.

  1. david1332

    david1332 ArboristSite Operative

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    yeah I just avoid it like the plague lol. It has the potential to lock the bird and send you down fast
     
  2. CanopyGorilla

    CanopyGorilla climber....sawyer

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    Never had that issue. The only thing coming down fast is the tree.:happybanana:
     
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    david1332 ArboristSite Operative

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    I know neither have I but I've read about it and it says in the manual not to sideload it
     
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    ropensaddle Feel Lucky

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    I watched a short video of a limb walk with retractable 3 to 1 coming back looked pretty slick to me! Also for me it will be mostly used after aloft to work the canopy after a wraptor ride up :) I do want it for short climbs too though 30 foot or so with the new style hass and cmi foot ascender, I would think the hh would suit me well.
     
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  5. Khntr85

    Khntr85 Addicted to ArboristSite

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    Wow all the climbing terminology shows just how green I am when it comes to climbing...:

    It's strange that I haven't ever learned, I am 30-years old and have been running a saw half my life, easily....now my "full-time" job is not tree work, I just do it on the side, and as wierd as it sounds I love it....I got a Jameson pole saw/pruner and it is amazing what I can get with it, I love the Jameson....

    Anyway when I get my mind set on something, I won't stop til I get figured out, so in time I will learn to climb....as one of you guys mentioned, I do want to try on the equipment before I buy it...since it's my first time, I don't know how the sizes run....
     
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    greengreer ArboristSite Operative

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    No, I don't own a hh2 anymore. I am just careful about sideloading the runner or I use a hitch.
     
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    ropensaddle Feel Lucky

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    That's just it I don't wanna baby my gear as a necessity. I mean I'm not hard on stuff try to make it last but in the heat of battle I don't want a plastic crab if you get my drift? I been in trees since 1981 I know a taunt line is bomb proof or blakes and i climbed on both over two decades until buying gadgets. That said; I don't wanna go back to hip thrust either but I have to absolutely trust my gear. I love my art positioner, wraptor and my 200 foot committed 5 to 1 and all the other nifties I have bought but if i don't trust something in a situation it stays in the doctor bag!
     
  8. jefflovstrom

    jefflovstrom It was a beautiful day!

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    Exactly, and in trees since 1978, some of the new stuff seems like overkill.
    Jeff
     
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    Was wondering how the Buckingham was for customizing with carabiner or chainsaw hooks...are there “slots” in the webbing they can be added?
     
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    treesmith tree hugger/cutter

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    For customising and fit you'll do well to get more useable than a treemotion harness, put what you want where you want, dmm vault and petzl caritools are perfect fits, or just add a biner wherever you want, on waist or leg straps

    Also has two sets of D's, a rope bridge with a sliding alloy ring, life support point on the back, more attachment points than can be used and they're everywhere, full adjustment, good padding, secure fit and nice buckle clips.
    Doesn't pull down with a big saw hanging off it either
     
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    dschroeder ArboristSite Operative

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    Thinking I’ll go with this https://www.treestuff.com/store/catalog.asp?category_id=274&item=3539#detail
     
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    treesmith tree hugger/cutter

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    Never tried the light one and don't know anyone with it, the standard is popular here
     
  13. Benjamin S Pendleton

    Benjamin S Pendleton ArboristSite Lurker

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    For sure pay attention to the comfort of your feet. Climbing hurts, period. The bigger you are the worse it is.
     

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