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    "Bear Trap"...A tree that breaks mid-stem and leans over into another tree in the forest. If a bear comes to that tree for a scratch, rubbing its back on the tree, it can dislodge the top. Ends up like nature's dead-fall trap, sorta, squashing the bear. It is a rare occurrence, but I'm guessing it's been seen in the wild.


    The fir was broken at 8', leaning northward. I face-cut it south, backcut on the north side. The broken bit held together somewhat, like the vertical and broken piece were tied together by fibers and friction. The thing folded like a collapsing "Z". The bottom of the Z is the ground. The slanting part of the Z was the vertical 8' stub. The top of the Z is the originally-leaning part having fallen almost to the ground.
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    Old school PNW lingo...it can throw an outsider off their pace, sure enough.
    "Confidence is the feeling you sometimes have before you fully understand the situation."

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    Nobody ever told me how to cut one, but with having to un-hang many crew members trees in the Conservation Corps, I quickly realized that directional hinges were way useful for more than felling. When you use a hinge, you can dance the butt around, and even keep pulling the butt away from the tree when 'walking it down' has made it too steep.

    I just looked at the 'bear trap' and figures it was like other double-hinging trunk cuts, only rooted, not jabbed into the ground.
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    Yup.
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    Back from my jaunt to Colorado. A long "weekend" turned out to be almost 10 days (just this side of heaven, I like to say). Ostensibly to help out some friends re-do the network in their restaurant and install a business IP phone system turned out to be a pretext to introduce my wife & children to the wonders of the mountains of Colorado. (Previously, eastern Kansas was as far west as they've been.) Stayed with a couple of sets of friends, then at a hot springs resort, did a jaunt in the mountains from Estes Park "down" to Leadville and Buena Vista. Did Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Boulder, etc. I'll see if I can get some pics up in the Picture-a-Day thread.

    The crew at home was working around the Lake of the Ozarks in mid-Missouri for a 2-3 day job. Which turned into more work as friends & relatives were turned onto the quality of work, referrals turned into instant work and they wound up being there almost a week and a half. Something of a working vacation for them, since there a cabin to stay at and some friends there with a nice natural foods cafe...

    So I arrived home late Monday night, got some rest. Woke up (late) Tuesday to a call to take care of an emergency job 30 min out -- windblown pine down on a fence. All work vehicles gone, all equipment with the crew. I had a minivan and my trusty Echo CS-310. Turned out it was actually a 3 x 30 ft pine removal job, but one went over with the wind. I took it off the fence, bucked up the log and minced up the limbs for kindling. Then felled the other 2 and did the same, giving him a nice wood pile of logs and kindling brush. About an hour and a half on site, not bad flying solo with no real equipment!

    Today we were back together as a crew with all the equipment to do a Siberian elm (over a house) takedown in the capital city. Grapple assisted takedown went smooth, feeding smaller picks into the chipper and craning out the bigger wood (40" DBH main trunk) to give away to our firewood friend. Also trimming 2 other elms while I ground the stump -- went fairly fast since the wood was a bit punky. 3.5 hour job + travel time, good way to ease back into the local work together.

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    Good stuff going on!
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    Late nights for me but I am about half way through my EMT refresher and continuing education hours.

    Have to recertify end of March. I thought it was June.


    Should not be a problem........!
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    I'm just heading to my fourth day of first aid. It's going really well. Got my old truck going last night by vacuum bleeding the clutch system. Had to pump it a couple times this morning to get pressure again, figure it must be leaking that means. But maybe I can limp it through the winter just topping up now and then? Or maybe it'll leave me stranded today. Lol. Rather pull the tranny in the summer when my bike and other truck will be on the road. Just checking in, been busy few days with lots of snow locally too. Now I'm off to spend half the day on my knees.

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    When did Ford move the slave inside the bell housing?
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    Good on the first aid training....I have taken First Responder twice and there is a lot of exposure to the biology side of our bodies that keeps us alive. An intricate machine you are hoping to keep alive long enough for the EMTS/paramedics (Like Jim) to take over and get folks to the doctors.
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