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#3435526 - 11/04/13 01:07 PM Re: Safety Harness Questions [Re: TAFKAP]
Nimrod777
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP


I think what I'll do is get a nylon sling made here at the shop with a metal ring to choke around the tree.


That's basically what I have. Nylon strap around the tree, through and through with a metal buckle.
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#3435547 - 11/04/13 01:18 PM Re: Safety Harness Questions [Re: Nimrod777]
Knothead
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 Originally Posted By: Nimrod777
Here's my rig--

I use a vest-style harness ranging from the confusing basic one that comes with many stands to one built into a vest with plastic buckles that snap together.

I hook up my climber to a tree.

Step into the climber and fasten a strap through my harness fall-restraint strap (the looped strap coming high off the back), and then around the tree, loosely, but taught enough that it would not slip through the buckle in the event of a fall.

I raise the tree strap as high as I can, then climb. Raise the strap and climb. Raise the strap and climb. I estimate it costs me an extra 60 seconds out of my day to be attached to the tree while I climb, but provides some safety during the time when I'm most likely to be involved in an accidental fall.

Note: always keep that tree strap fastened at a height above the stand so that in the event of a fall, you will easily be able to grab the stand and get yourself safely back into it.

Also, keep a knife on your person, so that in a worst case scenario (you are suspended, can't get back into the stand, can't call for help), you can cut yourself loose and attempt a semi-controlled drop to the ground, or slide down the tree trunk.


Exactly the method I use when using a climber. When using a loc-on, or even on some ladders, I use the HSS Lifeline System---click the link for info on that.
http://www.huntersafetysystem.com/hss-lifeline/
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#3435584 - 11/04/13 01:45 PM Re: Safety Harness Questions [Re: Knothead]
KANATI McD
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Tether

Loop around tree

Loop tether through itself


Fasten safety vest in prussic knot

Tension holds
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#3435646 - 11/04/13 02:25 PM Re: Safety Harness Questions [Re: KANATI McD]
TAFKAP
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That's what I was looking for. Thanks for the pics.

I found a forged aluminum ring here at the shop, and I've asked the nylon lady to make me up a 72" sling. It ought to go around just about any tree a platform is hung against, or any tree a climber will climb. I'll just choke the soft eye through the ring, and clip into the eye. I'll put up pics when they're done.

Thanks for all the talk. Everyone brings up safety harnesses, but resources on how to use them are a little slim.
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#3435658 - 11/04/13 02:32 PM Re: Safety Harness Questions [Re: TAFKAP]
KANATI McD
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No problem. Your top end safety harness usually comes with tethers and an instructional video. Glad I could help....
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#3435698 - 11/04/13 02:56 PM Re: Safety Harness Questions [Re: KANATI McD]
TAFKAP
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I like the sliding knot part, though. That'll allow the adjustment for hooking onto smaller trees. I figure with a 72" nylon sling, I'll be able to double wrap on the smaller ones.
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#3435736 - 11/04/13 03:23 PM Re: Safety Harness Questions [Re: TAFKAP]
bowtch huntr209
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
I like the sliding knot part, though. That'll allow the adjustment for hooking onto smaller trees. I figure with a 72" nylon sling, I'll be able to double wrap on the smaller ones.


If you double wrap the rope on smaller trees that might make it difficult to climb

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#3435826 - 11/04/13 04:13 PM Re: Safety Harness Questions [Re: bowtch huntr209]
BDS05
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Great thread. I use the same method as Tanati but have recently caught myself thinking what if I do fall and can't make it back to the stand. I carry a knife in case I have to cut but really don't want to do that. Any other options for descending?
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#3435994 - 11/04/13 05:41 PM Re: Safety Harness Questions [Re: BDS05]
TNDeerGuy
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I always carry a couple of the folding screw-in steps in the knee-pocket of my pants in case I need them to help me recover, and I always carry two knives—one in my pocket and one on my belt loop, I go over-board with safety at times.
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#3436003 - 11/04/13 05:45 PM Re: Safety Harness Questions [Re: TNDeerGuy]
Mag
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If you need a harness let me know, I am sure I have a few extras that came with climbers. Not fancy but will do the job.
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