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    11 Hours Ago
    I like it! Cool concept that can be extrapolated on in both materials used and design, as long as the primary arch principle is maintained.
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    1 Week Ago
    If you get the Fixe, put it in a vise and gently squeeze the side plates at the carabiner opening. Things will work better if it is a light press fit onto your bridge ring. It makes setting up much easier if after capturing the rope the pulley will stay on the ring by itself.
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    1 Week Ago
    Johnny, I'm not sure what that part started life as, maybe a bicycle mirror clamp, but I hammered and drilled it till it fit. It did work for tending but moved around a bit when not being used for that. As Sean said I moved on to what so far has been better than any other setup I have used. The Petzl Fixe pulley on my bridge ring is outstanding for rope walking and makes a 3:1 haul-back, smooth as silk. It also works well for regular slack-tending but requires more care to keep the carabiner from cross-loading in the HH.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread Hitch Hiker Hitch in Climbing Forum
    It is possible that I had it too tight. The problem I have experienced when using other hitch configurations is not the grip or the ease of release but the amount of setback. If you break down a friction hitch, wraps control the amount of available grip, and every other part controls how that grip is applied. Most people seem to use too many wraps. That necessitates lots of twists and turns to control and modulate, adding length and the potential for increased setback. As Sean pointed out, I am a lightweight so what works for me may not work for others. For me, the HH hitch tied with the fewest wraps needed and the shortest legs, that can also be adjusted for full-release, has produced a consistently great handling hitch.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread Hitch Hiker Hitch in Climbing Forum
    Had 3 big pines today and gave it a try. Not for me. For me to switch anything that I climb with there must be a discernible improvement or benefit. It might just be that my setup is working perfectly as is but this knot gave me nothing that the HH hitch didn't already do. Oh well, I still think it looks good and was worth a try.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    DMc replied to a thread Hitch Hiker Hitch in Climbing Forum
    Thanks for posting that, Brocky. I have been using the standard HH hitch with no complaints. Fast, easy to tie and adjust; very good performance. The knot you show, though, looks good; and if I can remember, will give it a try today and see how it does.
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  • DMc's Avatar
    10-03-2018
    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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    10-02-2018
    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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    10-02-2018
    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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  • DMc's Avatar
    10-02-2018
    I tried Richards HHx. It works well but it did not replace my HH2.
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    10-02-2018
    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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  • DMc's Avatar
    10-02-2018
    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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    10-01-2018
    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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    10-01-2018
    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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  • DMc's Avatar
    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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  • DMc's Avatar
    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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  • DMc's Avatar
    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.
    988 replies | 97033 view(s)
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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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