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The question I have ever asked but often think about

Discussion in 'Climbing and Rigging Equipment' started by Arbomeister, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. Arbomeister

    Arbomeister ArboristSite Lurker

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    Dead tree. Too dangerous to climb but there is access to nearby trees. Attatch lifeline to nearby safe tree and descend / traverse to dead tree.

    The question:
    If working the dead tree, so thereby having some form of secondary attatchement to it, and it suddenly compromises / falls / breaks away - what do you do to avoid being torn apart?

    My thoughts:
    If it is a spar, then have attatchement lanyard as close to the top of it as possible so that as the spar falls, there is a chance that the lanyard becomes free.

    If not a spar then unclip asap. But these don't feel like good enough answers.

    Others - thoughts?




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  2. Hoodiegadoo

    Hoodiegadoo ArboristSite Member

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    Not sure what the proper answer is but I have been in that situation twice and I used a single piece of 550 cord to tie in to the dead tree so if/when it failed it would snap pretty quickly. That was my thought anyway. Never had to test it. Thankfully
     
  3. Del_

    Del_ Life is but a song we sing.

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    Just install some type of 'weak link' in your lanyard system so it will 'break away'.
     
  4. benjo75

    benjo75 ArboristSite Operative

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    Some climbers will use a small carabiner that's rated for 200 or 300 lbs on their lanyard.
     
  5. jomoco

    jomoco Tree Freak

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    Been in that situation many times and just keep my trimsaw running n ready to cut my lanyard if things go south.

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