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I almost fell... a tip on tree stand safety

Old 12-01-2008, 06:25 PM
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Glad it came out as good as it did.
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We had a fella at work fall out of his climber and is in the ICU. They said he was adjusting his climber up in the tree you know what I talking about when you get up there and it just dont sit quite right and you take a chance and straighten it out, well anyways he fell about 25 feet.
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I have a dilemma of sorts.

The only reason I don't have these at my stands already is thatI am afraid they would get stolen. If I take it down each time to prevent theft, then obviously it won't be there to protect me next time I climb the tree. I guess I should write off the hundred bucks and value my life and health more.
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We had a fella at work fall out of his climber and is in the ICU. They said he was adjusting his climber up in the tree you know what I talking about when you get up there and it just dont sit quite right and you take a chance and straighten it out, well anyways he fell about 25 feet.
Just heard last night of a guy where I work falling to his death. Not much details. Same old story...didn't come home...went out looking... found him at the bottom of his tree. Not confirmed but heard "strap broke."
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:32 AM
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I have a dilemma of sorts.

The only reason I don't have these at my stands already is that I am afraid they would get stolen. If I take it down each time to prevent theft, then obviously it won't be there to protect me next time I climb the tree. I guess I should write off the hundred bucks and value my life and health more.

Take the chance on it getting swiped - beats the chance of falling. You can buy these systems pre-made as Davidmil posted for $40. Or you can go to Home Depot and buy it for half that. It's worth the price either way you go.
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:57 AM
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This has not been my practice in the past, however after sitting with my firend John that fell last Monday, I had already started installing one of these at each of my stands where I am using aladder. For climbing, I simply attach immetiately to the tree and move the lanyard up (and down) with me. Thanks for the tip on the knot.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:53 AM
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The rope at Home Depot is not rated high enough - you need climbing rope.
The difference in price to have the real stuff should not be an issue - if you are going to do, don't compromise.

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Old 12-02-2008, 11:13 AM
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A helpful hint, I believe. . .A friend of mine helped me build this system. We did it a bit different, we used climbing rope. If you look at Home Depot, etc. these are not "fall rated" ropes. If you go to a climbing store, they are a few bucks more, but the larger diameter rope has some stretch in it. This will allow you to fall without breaking your back, like can happen with non-fall rated rope. I found a place online to buy 180 feet(60m) for $120 or about $0.67 per foot. I would guess at the local climbing store, they would have something for like $1-$2 per foot. Cord would be cheaper. For my climber setup, I use less than 10 feet. I carry a step or 2 so I can get back in the stand.
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