We all have our own way of doing things and levels of "comfort"....:)
To toss out my two cents worth here's what I do and feel comfortable
I use TWO belts, one is the standard leather belt and the other is
an "approved" safety rope with the usual snaps hooks at the ends.
The leather belt, being stiff is easy to move upward with one hand, take
a step up or two, slide the belt up again, etc. etc. When climbing or
descending the rope remains free and the stiffer leather
belt provides support. When I have to go around guy wires I hook
the rope around the tower either above or below the guy set,
depending on the direction of traverse, then disconnect the leather
belt, then reconnect it on the other side.
When working at the top of a tower, such as before antennas are
attached, I slip the rope inside the rungs of the tower...it won't
slip off the top like the leather belt could.
On Wed, 10 Oct 2001 10:20:02 -0400 Pete Smith <email@example.com>
> At 09:09 AM 10/10/01 -0400, Bill Coleman wrote:
> >On 10/9/01 7:48 PM, Dan Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> >>Most towers that I have seen and/or climbed have no
> >>fall protection system installed. The climber uses a
> >>fall protection lanyard, either with a single clip or
> >>a forked lanyard with two clips. In either case, you
> >>either have to climb unprotected (efficient, but very
> >>dangerous), or clip and unclip every couple of steps
> >>up and down the tower. With a single lanyard, every
> >>unclip to move your protection is risky. With a
> >>double lanyard you don't have the risk, but you still
> >>have the hassle of moving your protection every
> >>couple of steps.
> I use a 6-foot fall-protection strap attached in the middle of the
> back and
> my 3-foot positioning lanyard. By reaching as high above me as I
> before clipping on, and then climbing till that one is at my feet
> clipping on the second one, I can reduce the number of changes to
> about 1
> every 7-8 feet or so -- which I find an acceptable amount of
> overhead to
> exchange for always being positively anchored to the tower (mine's
> 100 ft)
> 73, Pete N4ZR
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