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    2 Weeks Ago
    Cool! I do high-speed bailouts all the time. It will get hot but not hot enough to damage things. I don't weight much though so take that for what its worth.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Most hard alcohol has no sugar. Your body does treat it as a poison though, and it will change how your food intake is processed.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread Sena industrial in Gear Forum
    Their setup and innards are the same, just put together differently. Pros and cons to each.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I tried Richards HHx. It works well but it did not replace my HH2.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    No matter what tool you use, nothing likes pine pitch. The HH2 is fantastic and unique in how it works. Getting the hitch set just right takes some experimenting, but it is worth the effort. Goes from SRS to MRS with no changes which is comforting while you are learning.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    You really should look into it. A Hitch Hiker or Rope Wrench would be the best place to start. Easy one-handed decent, on par or better than MRS, because friction is consistent.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Ha! Sorry, Stig, just more new shit. Moving Rope System and Stationary Rope System are the current vogue wording for the two climbing systems.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    It is more practical than getting your rope stuck. Rope management is much more demanding, and a pain in the ass, in an MRS climbing system, compared to an SRS climbing system.
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    09-09-2018
    So did you descend off the top cut notch? I used to do that often so trust me when I tell you it is a technic that you should retire. Zero need for it or DdRT any more on a basic removal.
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    09-05-2018
    DMc replied to a thread Rope in Gear Forum
    . The Porty is a funny tool for defining how a round turn works because it tilts off axis and, therefore, changes the whole dynamic. A strap-on bollard might be a better choice. I understand your thoughts on the counter force of opposing half circles but that is not how I think of it working. In my mind, a round turn, in pure form, has the load entering and leaving in line with each other and perpendicular to the cylinder. The resulting load causes a continuous and uninterrupted constricting force working to pinch off the cylinder similar to how a garrote works. In use, as with a bollard, this creates a friction that we use to our advantage.
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    09-05-2018
    DMc replied to a thread Rope in Gear Forum
    A 360 round turn works very well without the 180 if the line remains perpendicular to the cylinder.
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    08-27-2018
    Another well-done video. I do however disagree that open-air ascent is easier for a beginner than going up close to the trunk. Keeping your feet in contact with the trunk greatly simplifies staying upright and takes more load off your arms. Two things beginners have trouble with. Hell, if I have a choice I will always pick going up close to the tree.
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    08-25-2018
    If you look at the statistics on his followers, you will see that not everyone understands this. This is a big problem! "a lie spoken with great conviction is more believable than the truth spoken without"
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    08-22-2018
    A timber hitch needs to be loaded into the formed loop so that the hitch constricts onto whatever it is tied to.
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    08-22-2018
    Forget the nylon sling. If you have enough 1/2" line to go around the tree 4 times, just use it doubled. Find the middle and clip that to the carabiner, then use the doubled line to make a timber hitch onto the tree.
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    08-21-2018
    DMc replied to a thread MICHOACAN hitch in Climbing Forum
    I always preferred using a prussic. All the same attributes but easier to adjust with one hand.
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    08-12-2018
    DMc replied to a thread The MS150 Has Arrived in Chainsaws!
    No need to apologize, Burnham. You have earned the right to have an opinion on almost anything that is talked about on this forum. Even if I disagree, I will still listen to every word you say and pay close attention to your voice of experience.
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    08-12-2018
    DMc replied to a thread The MS150 Has Arrived in Chainsaws!
    Certainly not how I see it. Amazing little saws that continue to perform splendidly.
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    08-12-2018
    DMc replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Cool, Bermy! Let us know your impressions.
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    08-10-2018
    DMc replied to a thread The MS150 Has Arrived in Chainsaws!
    I've had 2 for a long time now and the only thing I have had to do differently with regards to oil is to keep the bar and oil tracks clean and open. Everything on these saws is tiny and things clog up easily.
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    08-08-2018
    DMc replied to a thread Hitch Hiker X in Climbing Forum
    Aztec, just cuz I like the color.
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    08-06-2018
    DMc replied to a thread Hitch Hiker X in Climbing Forum
    I did not try it on a climb so can't speak to its functionality in use, but it does fit. The bottom slot on the HH2 is much bigger than the slick pin diameter, and the screw heads that protrude from the sides of the HH2 get bumped a bit. Still, at $35 for a slick pin shackle that also has other uses, it might be worth a try by those interested.
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    08-04-2018
    No, that article was about addictive food cravings. Where do you think they come from? This paper https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/bies.201400071 goes into some of the "hows". You have to understand that this is a hugely complex situation and not all the players have even been identified.
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    08-04-2018
    Just a word of caution on those little splurges, Bermy. They will do more harm than you might think. A single bacterium can go from one to sixteen million in 24 hours. If you have determined that you have a problem that is manifesting in health issues, and you want to fix it, do so. A splurge day does not work for alcoholics, does it? Just one drink at a party? If successful, you will be amazed at how easy it gets to stay away from foods that cause you harm.
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    08-04-2018
    DMc replied to a thread Hitch Hiker X in Climbing Forum
    Yes, it is, Chris. I have been using Yale 11.7 line lately and it works well and is lighter. I know that I have posted that picture many times but it is simply the best setup I have ever used, and I have used them all.
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    08-02-2018
    Cravings are a sign of imbalance and controlled by our microbiome. Lots of science on this. This article is a bit simplistic but gives an idea of what is going on. https://betterhumans.coach.me/are-you-addicted-to-the-wrong-kind-of-carbohydrates-7632892a98fa
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    08-02-2018
    Good move, Bermy! Sylvia and I have not eaten bread, wheat or any refined foods in years. What we eat has a profound effect on all aspects of health both physical and mental. We have more microbes in our bodies than we have human cells and they control far more than people realize. The food we eat determines, to a large extent, which microbe species we carry. A craving to eat a specific food, say ice cream, is microbial driven and has nothing to do with hunger. The good news is by changing our diet we can tip the balance in the microbial population towards ones that are helpful and health destructive cravings eventually stop.
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    07-31-2018
    DMc replied to a thread Hitch Hiker X in Climbing Forum
    So here are my impressions of the HHx from Climbing Innovations. Richard did a good job. A lot of thought and effort went into bringing this to market and it shows in the details. The problem some people have with the carabiner getting crossed up in the lower slot has been completely eliminated with the use of the D shackle. I found the slick pin simple to use and it gives no indication of being anything less than a solid and secure connection. I would encourage anyone interested in the HHx to visit www.climbinginovations.com and watch the video Richard made on how to safely use it. In fact, he requires that you do this before he will sell you one. (one of those details I mentioned) Pros: Lightweight, no carabiner, friction and slack tending are consistent, people that are used to tending a Hitchclimber pulley should like this. Cons: Shackle is not as fast or as easy as a carabiner, 7075 aluminum dog bone, and 6061 body will not last as long (I suspect) as Paul's steel model, shackle does not work with a pulley in the manner I like to use. That last item is why I am going to sell mine. I paid $188 for it and will sell for $150. PM if interested. (sold)
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