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    DMc replied to a thread September 13 2018 in Announcements!!!
    Sorry to hear that, Butch.
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    You need to give us a lot more information. Pictures? Bacterial leaf scorch (BLS), caused by Xylella fastidiosa, is generally considered untreatable though some time can be gained with oxytetracycline treatments. But there is no way to determine if that is what your tree has with the limited information given.
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    DMc replied to a thread Sailing in Odds and Ends
    Yes, beautiful!
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    DMc replied to a thread Sailing in Odds and Ends
    WOW! That's not something you hear everyday. Pictures would be great!
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    DMc replied to a thread Sailing in Odds and Ends
    I had an 18' racing catamaran when I lived in California. Loved doing high speed runs throwing up rooster tails on open inland lakes. Sailing and tree work do have much in common.
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    08-13-2019
    No. I'm probably not the right guy to make a comment on this as I am a terrible poster, but content matters. Today's social media is chock full of engagement that is meaningless. What's the point?
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    08-12-2019
    Gary, with an MRS you are going to have half your rope in the water unless you bag it. Why not go with an SRS and just tie off to the boom? Easy down and up.
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    08-07-2019
    DMc replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    That is really cool, Jim!
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    07-26-2019
    So do I, and for that very reason. I climbed on one for years, totally safe in a moving rope system. With a tail-tied system, the hitch is the same size as the climbing line and it is still safe and efficient. I liked it better than the blakes or the tautline. SRS is what you will probably want to eventually use however, and for that there are better hitches.
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    07-16-2019
    DMc replied to a thread climber bite? in Gear Forum
    I could never wear cady pads. Pads don't need to be thickly padded to be comfortable, they just need to fit your leg. Leather cups with angled steel inserts is what worked for me. They make them to fit Bashlins. Had Bucks and Bashlins with those and never had any need for extra padding or protection. That said though, DMM geckos are the best damn spurs I've ever had.
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    06-10-2019
    Trim the long branch pictured to match the others, so the outer canopy looks even. You want to leave as much photosynthetic material on as possible but not something that will snap off in a storm. Also, loosen those ties. The tree needs to move when the wind blows, just not blow over. Trees grow in response to stimulation. Moving in the wind will give it a stronger trunk and root system.
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    06-10-2019
    DMc replied to a thread Lyme disease in Odds and Ends
    Lyme disease is bad, but the use of antibiotics for undefined maladies is not good either. https://www.cdc.gov/features/antibioticuse/index.html
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    06-05-2019
    DMc replied to a thread zig zag in Climbing Forum
    Well, I certainly do! Being able to descend smoothly, with one hand, on a non-moving rope, is number one on the list of what a good multisender must be able to accomplish. Conversely, going up it is doing nothing and just needs to stay out of your way and grab quickly when needed. A good tool is the sum of its attributes combined, and in that regard, I rate the Akimbo very high. I just feel it was a mistake to take away its ability to support you when leaning back when it is on a chest harness.
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    06-03-2019
    DMc replied to a thread zig zag in Climbing Forum
    I will be curious to know your thoughts on the Akimbo, Jed. I was using my GoFundMe version today on a large willow reduction. It works great for me but I'm not sure I would like the changes RE made to the tending shackle. When I'm clip into it, I can lean back and it will support my weight. It makes things more stable. With the RE version they changed the tending point to a quick release spring clip and you can no longer do that, it will just unclip from the shoulder harness.
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    05-30-2019
    Good luck, Eric. Having tried many hitch configurations I still prefer a simple four wrap with the cross on the spine side. I suspect that most people that become discouraged with the HH have been using too much hitch.
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    05-29-2019
    Yeah, Vortex runs fine through all the rope grabs that I have but it is a soft rope and can pick easily when new. Not really a problem though. Vortex has a lot of grip potential so you can normally use less wraps or run a looser hitch than you would on a firmer and thinner rope. I am still using some 9mm ArbPro that I got a few years ago. It works well, lasts a long time but is getting tough to find. Both 8mm and 10mm ArmorPrus work well but it is pricey stuff. Surprisingly, I like the 8mm better. Of course the old style Beeline also works. I have not found the HH2 to be as fussy with cords as much as how those cords are tied and adjusted. With so many new cords out now you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't play around with some. As you work through different setups don't settle for mediocre performance. The HH2 can work as well as any tool I have tried when dialed in but nothing out there can match its compact, rugged, straight through design.
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    05-27-2019
    Vortex is 12.7 and is my go to rope with the HH2. It makes for a fantastic tree working combo, strong and smooth with a static feel while working but has some ability to stretch in an overload situation.
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    05-24-2019
    DMc replied to a thread zig zag in Climbing Forum
    LOL! Change can be good or it can suck but in either case, it will happen. Just look at the tools we are now climbing with. The new acronyms really aren't any longer, but hopefully they will paint a more accurate and less confusing picture of what is happening. This may only be the case though for new climbers that don't have to relearn their meaning.
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    05-24-2019
    DMc replied to a thread zig zag in Climbing Forum
    Yup
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    05-24-2019
    DMc replied to a thread zig zag in Climbing Forum
    Those two are plenty regardless of how much you climb. The best of the best. The ZZ looks cool and, aside from some early problems, seems solid. People that use them all seem to be well-satisfied. For myself, I just don't use MRS enough to even bother trying one.
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    05-10-2019
    DMc replied to a thread Time to start climbing. in Climbing Forum
    Welcome to the house, Kevin. I will second everyone else that recommended buying separate pieces instead of a kit. For doing what you mentioned as your primary activity, "As a general contractor in PA who occasionally removes trees for additions or new construction," it would be easy to waste money on things you will not need. Honesty, you will not need much in the way of gear for simple removals, so don't penny-pinch on these items. Get good comfortable spurs. My choice is the DMM Geckos. They're ultra lightweight, have offset shanks and wide thin foot bed that makes them comfortable to use even with heavy hiking boots that have arch support. Get a heavy, thick flipline, not a thin, lightweight lanyard. For simple removals you will not need a fancy harness because you will not be spending hours hanging from a rope or being sideways on a limb tip. You can go sturdy and inexpensive here. Stick with 1/2" double braid, polyester climbing line for climbing and get something different for lowering limbs if that will be needed. Keep it simple and don't go beyond what you feel comfortable with. Good luck.
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    04-06-2019
    Sean, I cut my HH cords to 40" but you might want to go longer than that until you get a new cord dialed in.
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    04-05-2019
    I had pretty good results using 8mm Armor-Prus with the HH. If your interested in experimenting you should try some Arbpro 9mm. That is still my favorite. https://www.gustharts.com/climbing-equipment-c1/friction-cord-slings-c22/friction-cord-per-metre-c23/arbpro-9mm-xs9-1-p108
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