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    01-28-2019
    pigwot replied to a thread Bird Watching! in The Rec Room
    Cory, That wasn't my photo; mine look like crap, as all I had was a phone. I was up with a friend looking at a log we were thinking of milling. On the way back he asked if I knew any birders. I said, uh, yes, like... my wife. He then said they had that Painted Bunting at their house every winter for three years now. I told him she had heard last winter that it was in that general area and had looked for a long time but never found it. When she heard it was at Chuck and Cathy's place we went right out, and she was duly rewarded. One person said, "That bird looks like someone dunked it in five different paint cans".
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    01-28-2019
    pigwot replied to a thread Bird Watching! in The Rec Room
    Friend has had a Painted Bunting over-wintering at his place for the past three years now. Very unusual for our area. There are always birdwatchers over there... I told him he ought to open a hot dog stand :)
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    01-27-2019
    pigwot replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Haha, that is great! I had a little fun with another of the crane ops. I think I mentioned earlier he asked if I would leave my rope in the final tree (we just took a storm-damaged part of the top), so he could try it once the crane was wrapped up and ready to roll. As he got ready to rope walk up I stepped forward and snapped my long lanyard to his saddle. He was all like what is that for? I said, “Brice, it’s a thick tree and I don’t trust anyone out of my sight with my Akimbo” ;) I removed my lanyard, he had a go at it, and once he came down he ordered two of them.
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    01-27-2019
    pigwot replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Akimbo used to mean: “flung out widely or haphazardly”; now it means: “the most amazingly refined climbing device known to humankind”
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    01-27-2019
    pigwot replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Jaime, I love the reaction I get when someone notices I am climbing on the Akimbo. The crane operator this week was like, “Whoa! what is that device you’re using?” Before I could answer the guy who owns the company I was climbing for said, “He knows the guy who made it!” My other gear is sitting in my bag. Especially crane days. It makes me smile every time I hit a pick, sling it, then rappel down to cut height, open the Akimbo, give a pull and catch the end of the rope, re-insert it in the Akimbo, and am ready to cut. It is so fast and convenient.
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    12-29-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread Woodworking in The Rec Room
    Bowl I made for my sister for her gift.
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    12-29-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread Woodworking in The Rec Room
    Helmsman Poly is good for outdoor stuff; three coats; light sanding between 1st and 2nd with 220 grit
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    11-30-2018
    Welcome! I started with a series of whoopie slings in different sizes for using at the base of trees. Be careful though; once it bites you splicing will get into your blood and there is no end to what you will want to do. :)
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    11-02-2018
    Done! You should be getting the funds momentarily.
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    11-02-2018
    That's fine if it works for you - does that come to you without the fees being deducted by PayPal?
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    11-02-2018
    It's over? I actually won something of incredible value?!? Wow!!! I will get it professionally framed (but as a woodworker I'll make the frame myself first!) with the low acid backing, and all that... Butch, PM me your address and I'll get it right out to you. Jer, Thanks for signing the poster! Let me know what the shipping costs are, and I'll get that right out to you, too. No_Bivy, Thanks for your generosity, and making this happen. How was the night in ICU? You are off on quite the adventure; I could write a book on the stories from my ICU days.
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    11-01-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    What ropes have you used? I run the Safari more than anything else. Good weight and flows through on the way up, and controls well for me on the way down.
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    11-01-2018
    That's the reason I finally stepped away from full-time nursing - body was having trouble with nights/weekends/switching from days to nights and back/etc. I found the work in Surgical/Trauma ICU to be rewarding, but it is a younger person's gig. Old man needs his sleep...
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    11-01-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Cranes and Akimbo... every week I give a friend a day climbing with his crew on 'crane' day Tuesday. As we finished the final tree (a beech we were lifting a damaged piece out of the top center of) two Tuesdays ago the crane operator, who started out as a climber (and contract climbs for the crane company when a small company doesn't have a crane-savvy experienced climber) asked, "Could you leave the rope in the tree, so I can try that Akimbo?" Of course I obliged, and now he has pre-ordered two of them...
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    10-29-2018
    I think GP was just commenting about the presumed endpoint: "We go till it hits $552, of course ", so, if my assumption is correct and it was still at $150, I bid $250. (What, did I sneeze?)
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    10-06-2018
    Great views. I find lava fields to be fascinating. When we bicycled across the country we enjoyed the lava field at the top of the Mackenzie Highway by Three Sisters, Oregon, and Craters of the Moon National Park near Arco, Idaho.
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    10-06-2018
    Mine was ARB: "You've received one of three coupon codes which were randomly distributed to our mailing list. Your 3-digit coupon code - ARB - will get you 12% off anything in the Gear Storage and Rigging categories of our site."
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    10-01-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    I have a 70 meter length of Sterling HTP, yellow. I find it not only flattens out but has this odd tendency to get really stiff once under a load using the Akimbo or a Rope Runner. Stowing it back into a rope bag or coiling it is a trip.
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    09-29-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    I've heard a lot of positives using KM III with the Akimbo. My Kernmaster Safari is getting pretty beat up. There are a lot of new ropes out there. Wonder what I should try for my next 200 ft line?
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    09-28-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Yes. I find it works fine DdRT. I especially appreciate the midline attachability with crane work. I toss the end of my line through the ring by the crane ball and back to my bridge, lanyard through the hook on top of the straps. Then once straps are set and I have rapelled down and lanyarded in to where I'll cut (especially if it is a long pick) it is a lot easier to shorten my line by opening the Akimbo to reset my line around the trunk than hauling lots of rope through it or through a hitch as on the HitchHiker. And Merle, I have had new rope creep until the Samthane or whatever coating they use wears down some.
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    04-17-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread Gecko feedback in Climbing Forum
    Lineman's boots for long days (and regular climbing boots for shorter times on the spurs) and my old Aluminum Bashlins with upgraded wrap-around pad uppers are all I have used for 32 years. Regular sharpening, tightening, several times replacing gaffs (always used the tree gaffs, not pole gaffs), straps, and sewing new velcro onto the original leather gaff covers are all the maintenance they've needed, and they have been just fine... please, no one let me try their Geckos...
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    04-08-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread Bandit 90 chipper in The Trading Post
    Tried to PM you the number I have but got this: "chris_girard has exceeded their stored private messages quota and cannot accept further messages until they clear some space."
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    04-06-2018
    pigwot replied to a thread Bandit 90 chipper in The Trading Post
    It's a good 13 hours to Disney World from here (don't ask how I know...)
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Father of 5, grandfather of 1, Arborist,Nurse,Woodworker,Handyman,Computer Consultant
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