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    Hello Sean: I'll get some photos early in December - we're off to Bend, Oregon for a couple of weeks tomorrow. I'll have some questions about crown reduction of three sycamores that define our backyard. New Mexico is a great state, especially if you like getting out in the backcountry without encountering lots of other folks. "Howard70" is a username I've used for many years. Came about around 2000 when I was signing up for something (I've forgotten what) and tried "Howard" (taken by someone else), then "Howard1" (same), then "Howard2" (you guessed it). After a couple more tries I jumped way ahead to "Howard70" & it was available. Been using it since. I wasn't born in 1970 and am not 70 - but it's not far off, I'm 65. Thanks again for the advice. Howard
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    Sean: Thanks, I'm working my way through this one. Howard
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    Thanks for all the replies & encouragement. I'm embarrassed to admit I never thought of the compromise suggested by many of you - pull the climbing line and leave a throw line. Perfect. Tree09 brought up fixed lines in mountaineering. While they are often used, there are some horror stories of jugging up to find a core shot rope hanging on by the mantle (cover). I've used fixed rappel lines quite a bit, but the advantage there is you can check the line as you descend & head back up with prusiks or ascenders if you encounter damage before reaching the next anchor. Thanks again, Howard
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    Hello: New to the forum & new to tree climbing. You folks seem a good group to learn from. I have experience with rock climbing, moderate mountaineering & canyoneering, simple rigging for 4x4 recovery, sailing, etc. but little roped time in trees. I'd like to take care of our residential trees (20+ cottonwoods, 5 sycamores, assorted elms, multiple piņons & junipers, etc.) and a rental property (similar species, fewer individuals). So - first questions: Do you leave climbing lines placed overnight? If that's OK, is there anything to lookout for (suspend tail in bag off the ground, check for squirrels, etc?). I'm pretty slow at getting the throwline where I want it, remotely installing a friction saver, climbing & pruning so I often don't finish a tree before I tire out for the afternoon. Leaving a line in place could save some time, but I wonder about critters chewing on stuff, etc. Thanks in advance, Howard
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New Mexico, USA
Learning tree care, backpacking, mountaineering, packrafting, bike backing, expedition vehicles
Retired Biology Professor


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