> One alternative that was discussed on the local repeater recently
>was the use of "ascenders". These are reportedly devices that "clamp"
>a rope and allow you to use them as stepping devices. I have not yet
>the opportunity to check into them myself, but REI or someone else who
>technical climbing supplies would seem to be the place to go.
> The other caveat re: lineman's "spurs" is well taken...IMHO, in additon
>to the safety issues (which are considerable) you certainly cause some
>of damage to the bark of the tree. In the case of pines, especially,
>make them more susceptible to insect or fungal infestation.
>want to prevoke the "spirits" that inhabit the trees any more than
>as attested to in earlier posts to the reflector =:0
REI does indeed stock several brands of ascenders. They all require proper
instruction and lots of practice. Last time I checked (several years ago)
they were about $70. I certainly wouldn't recommend them for casual
use. Besides, you still have to have a rope up the tree to ascend.
73 de Terry KK6T
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