Discussion in 'Climbing and Rigging Equipment' started by Stefanie Maher, Sep 6, 2018.
we are going to be trying out our first speed line and would like any tips or guidance.
Controlled or just letting them zip down without a tag line? Uncontrolled is easy peasy, the other entails more work. Watch August Hunicke’s videos on YouTube.
Thank you very much... I'm sure it will have to be controlled it is over a house and limbs are very rotten.
Be careful with what you put on the speedline. You can generate way mote force than you can imagine by loading a tensioned rope like that. If you have enough line, got through a block or a ring or over a limb in the tree you're working on and tie back to a nearby tree down low as to work the spar in compression. As was mentioned earlier, go small. And have fun!
Try speedlining on small stuff first. Have lots of slings and carabiners. Run the rope down to a block or lowering device so you aren't in the glide path if the branch runs too fast. Do not anchor to a truck unless the block is 20' or so away on a separate sling anchor, you don't want the branch to hit the tailgate, ahem. Your speedline rope should be an all polyester rope like Stable Braid and not a nylon-polyester like Nystron. Too much stretch from the nylon. Have the ground crew clipping the used slings back onto the climber's utility line as quickly as possible so he doesn't have to call for them. (A 16oz water bottle clipped there is a nice gesture and makes the climber more productive).
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