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#3436057 - 11/04/13 06:07 PM Re: Safety Harness Questions [Re: KANATI McD]
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Use a rope with a prussic knot (I use Summit ropes) and you can slide it up and down the tree as you go up and down. That way you are always hooked to the tree. I also use the Hunters safety vest. It makes a very good combination and I use climbers 99% of the time.... \:\)
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#3436084 - 11/04/13 06:23 PM Re: Safety Harness Questions [Re: gator-n-buck]
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Tieing off to the tree is simple. Just girth hitch a rope, cord around the tree and tie off with a prussik, ascender or other adjustable locking device that gives you adjustability.

For the rock climbing harness, I have taken falls up to 80 feet every which way a person can fall: Backwards, upside down, and sideways. That being said, a treestand fall is going to be a static fall since, even if you use dynamic rope, you wouldn't have enough rope out to give you an stretch. A dynamic fall can be an awsfuly painful jolt. Rock climbing falls are very soft due to the dynamics of the system. Based on that, its not a bad idea to think about incorporating a "screamer" on your tether to absorb some of the shock.

Also, for a climber, you are going to need an adjustable lineman's belt of some sort to use while going up and down. A section of rope and a prussik knot is the simplest and least expensive. The hunting industry harnesses look awfully overdesigned to me and are definitely overpriced. A Black Diamond Alpine Bod is probably your best bang for your buck in relation to minimalism.
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#3436091 - 11/04/13 06:26 PM Re: Safety Harness Questions [Re: bowtch huntr209]
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 Originally Posted By: bowtch huntr209
 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


Sure would -too much friction, BUT, better to have extra than not enough. Since you hunt bottom lands a lot, you need to be able to negotiate those the girth of the bases of the trees, which can be enormous.
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#3436385 - 11/04/13 08:33 PM Re: Safety Harness Questions [Re: TAFKAP]
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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.


Simple solution: make 2 tethers, 1 long one for your ladder stands on big trees and maybe a 3' tether for your climber. Too much excess will work against safety and a will be a big nuisance. On a climber it should be attached as soon as you start to climb. Put tether as high as you can reach, climb to it, raise it, climb to it, etc. etc.
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#3437154 - 11/05/13 09:55 AM Re: Safety Harness Questions [Re: BDS05]
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 Originally Posted By: BDS05
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?


Looks like I'm going to string a climbing rope up with my stand \:D
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#3437160 - 11/05/13 10:01 AM Re: Safety Harness Questions [Re: KANATI McD]
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Here's my tree tether. 1" wide x 6', single-ply nylon, with a 2" forged aluminum "parachute ring" at one end. Too bad my fall protection harness for work is too cumbersome and loud.....that thing is comfy, and it has a 15' shock absorbing tether.

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