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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    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. Thanks! I have Richards video of different HHX hitches and am working through them.
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    Burnham: Strong recommendation. I will be all ears! Dave: I appreciate your feedback on Vortex. I will go ahead with that rope. I was a little concerned about how it fits in a foot or knee ascender. I found a short piece and tried it out. No problem. What hitch cord do you like with vortex? I played a little low and slow with Marlow Boa and the HHX today but I don't have it dialed in yet. I might be able to go with a larger diameter cord.
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Hi R0ck1R0ck2, Are you still around? I am in the market for a new climbing rope and wanted to tap into the tribal wisdom here. I re-read this thread so I don't waste your time. I have been rec climbing on the HH2 and Yale 11.7 since 2016 based on suggestions in this thread. It's been a great rope and I might buy another! But...I have an itch to go with the Samson V series. I have caught the splicing bug and want to be able to make a lanyard if I ever needed to cut the end off my climbing line. I have successfully spliced Yale Blue Moon (thanks to Nicks video series) but if I had to choose I would rather splice Samson any day! I had a very long Velocity 11mm lanyard which I tried with the HH2 today. It works ok but is kinda skinny. Has anyone used Voyager 11.8mm in the HH? I am also interested in the Vortex 12 mm. I readthat you (Rocker) liked it and I think Peter up in Canada did also. Has anyone recently used Vortex in the HH? Does Vortex fit well in ascenders? Eric
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    01-11-2019
    Curious how you prepare your business or your own home life? We are expecting our first heavy snow of this season. (Probably not too major compared to some of your climates) I was at Lowes and saw people buying snowblowers and repair parts for snowblowers. I started to wonder if I should go into full prepper mode! I have a job tomorrow for a neighbor I can walk to.... Check. Plenty of food and water and batteries: check. I stopped at the library and got 4 DVDs ...and an analog book, just in case! Now I am washing clothes and dishes in case power goes out.
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    07-11-2018
    Anything to report? The suspense!
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    07-03-2018
    Bootsmagee How?s it going? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    06-14-2018
    Listened to the whole thing. Every word is fascinating. So much information.
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    06-12-2018
    Eric H-L replied to a thread Gecko feedback in Climbing Forum
    DMc, Thanks for your kind words and wise advise. I will hold off on using ascenders while I am learning climbing irons. Before I read your answer I tried spiking up with a lanyard and my usual self tending SRT system. I neglected to weight the rope and it did not self tend. Now I know what to do. I tried it again after reading your post and found it very reassuring to have two ropes to stop me when I gaffed out. I was testing pole spikes and tree spikes to see if the bark was thin enough for the pole spikes. It wasn?t and I was spinning my spurs...but came to no harm. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    06-11-2018
    Eric H-L replied to a thread Gecko feedback in Climbing Forum
    Wanted my first climbers for ?recreational removals? I read this and got the aluminum Geckos with DMM shanks. Now I am looking for removal trees to practice on. Did a few exercises around the base of the utility pole in my yard with tree spikes! Now I have pole spurs also but have but not had time to try yet. Also have tried the tree spikes in a tree in my yard slated for eventual removal. Very comfortable but I am pretty clumsy still need more practice low and slow. Two questions. My pole spurs have a rectangular step about 1/16? deep under upper hole but the tree spurs that came with the climbers don?t. This recess does not seem to affect attachment but I wonder if they are correct? Is there a mating protrusion on the classic Gecko? Second question: Are there any good options for foot ascender attachment? I did not think of this when I chose the DMM version. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    05-20-2018
    Update: I have a friend who is a MD. I am doing electrical work in trade for training and supplies and materials. For wilderness emergency use only. Not to replace medical treatment when possible. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    04-26-2018
    Great tip! Gracias. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    04-26-2018
    Really appreciate your assessment of the risks. What size and material suture do you use? It seems as complicated as choosing a climbing line and hitch cord! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    04-26-2018
    I am looking for something to practice on. Thinking of getting a chicken from the supermarket. After I am done suturing...If I cook it should I share with my wife and kids what it went through before landing on their plate? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    04-25-2018
    Pctree Great story! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    04-25-2018
    Years ago I knew a carpenter who had a chainsaw accident while cutting firewood. He stitched up his leg using his wifes needle and thread. When I heard this story I cringed. I thought *no way* would I ever consider doing this. Fast forward 20 years with my health insurance shifting more costs to me every year. I had a mishap with a box cutter. I patched knee with adhesive strips and it seems to be healing well. It just got me thinking about whats available on the internet now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    04-01-2018
    Eric H-L replied to a thread Haas splice in The House Of Splice!
    I posted a crude prototype on the Homemade gear thread in the Gear Forum. Now I have sewn a leather sleeve to hide the tubes and pulley.
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    04-01-2018
    Does polydyne require special splicing instructions because of the polyester jacket and nylon core? I see WesSpur says its spliceable.
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    12-16-2017
    Love this story! Bet they used it to tie a ladder on a truck. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    12-12-2017
    (Recreational Climber) When I was learning to throw it was a time consuming process to get a good tie in point. I bought cheap hollow braid from big box store and left lines all over. My neighbors were intrigued. In addition to animal damage of my climbing lines I was concerned about theft and also providing a temptation to kids to get hurt. Then I realized I was saving time but losing opportunities to practice throwing. Now I would only leave a dedicated non life support line if I really needed to come back to a place and time was of the essence. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    12-07-2017
    Eric H-L replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    Still selling the rebuild kit without any mention of he who shall not be named. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    12-07-2017
    Eric H-L replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    I just noticed this on Treestuff Home page. There is the picture of the MCRS but you click on it and it goes to a blank page. I understand why the industry needed to stop selling this, but then pay attention to details! I am attaching the screen capture. I am curious how long till the site is fixed. (Edit: I first posted very early 12/7/2017. Now its 6:30 pm and the picture has been taken down) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    12-05-2017
    Preach , brother! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    11-22-2017
    Eric H-L replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    I have been trying to keep using TS because I like dropping in the Indianapolis counter and buying from Phil. Last time I went in he said they are closing counter sales and laying him off. Big disappointment for me! No more walking in and trying saddles! Also I went to buy something on sale and found that the sale was over but the website had not been updated. I called and talked to Eric but he would not budge. The only thing I still like is Nicks splicing videos and the webinars. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    08-21-2017
    Thank you so much! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    08-20-2017
    Can anyone help me identify this tree disease? The apple tree was planted about 5 years ago as a memorial for someone in my community. Thanks Eric
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    12-02-2016
    ...damn.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    12-02-2016
    Totally agree with all of this. I still don't know why I had that little voice telling me something was wrong but it was there. As to feeling rushed: I can imagine the TCC volunteer was frustrated that he could not get his TIP situated so both ends reached the ground after two attempts. I had been thinking that if he had a biner or Quickie or maillon rapide he would not have needed to pull up the end each time. It just occurred to me that if he had an alpine butterfly (even with no metal connector) he could have undressed it to be loose and then moved it along the rope without pulling the end back through. (Might need to do something to support the weight of the two ends hanging down to make that happen) (I am wearing out my parentheses but moving the AB along the length of the rope is something I saw on a industrial rope access video for a rope to rope transfer. They need to have two simultaneous back up devices so they loosen and scoot the AB knot along as the second backup device. ) Also have been thinking of ways to check which end is short from the top. Pull the rope and look down to see which is moving? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    12-02-2016
    SeanKroll, Honestly, I still don't put a stopper knot on my rope very often, but this accident is the perfect reason to do it religiously. Actually with this retrievable canopy hitch both ends need knots in case of confusion. And yes climber never looked at the rope behind him as he approached the end. I suppose sometimes the rope is too short for both ends to reach the ground but in this case there was plenty of rope on real retrieval end. He just could not get his midline loop in the right place after two tries and did not want to pull the end up again. How did the climber you were watching almost fall 60 feet? I am very curious and I am sure I could learn from that situation. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Eric H-L's Avatar
    12-02-2016
    Tucker 943, I agree completely. I wish I had known that then. Eric Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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Loved tree climbing since I was a kid. I went to Metro Arborist a few years ago to get a chain sharpened, bought Jepson's book and my life has never been the same!
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Indianapolis
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Rec.Tree Climbing, Leatherworking, Sailing, Splicing
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Industrial and Commercial Electrician

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