I guess I got to get my $.02 in here also, All the equipment mentioned in the
repost below is handled by out group moderator, Steve, K7LXC through his online
I've been climbing for about 25+ years when I started out with just a
lineman's belt, a tin hat, 2 lanyards
and a prayer. I've since bought all the newer and better stuff from
Steve. I've also learned from my
son, who has a tree service in the SF Bay Area. In that business all
their climbing stuff is straight out
of the mountaineering catalog. I saw what a 'grip' was first from
him way before they started putting them
on towers. They climb tall trees with 'assenders' on both hands and
each boot, no spurs any more.
Robert Smith Consulting
"Wireless Installations -- Government, Businesses & ISP's"
F.C.C. Licensed-Commercial & Amateur Services
ARRL Life Member
1-707-964-4931 w/answering machine
Fort Bragg, California 95437
"On The Air-Conditioned Mendocino Coast, In REAL Northern California"
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Date: Sat, 26 May 2007 11:52:17 -0400
From: "Gene Smar" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 2 questions
To: "Gregg Seidl" <email@example.com>, <TowerTalk@contesting.com>
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The three-hooked strap you're referring to can be seen here:
http://store.pksafety.net/fi10tirela.html . I bought one of these last
year. It includes a shock-absorbing section that unfolds by pulling against
stitches in the fabric if you should fall off the structure.
I would suggest using this with a full-body harness with a hook in the
middle of your chest, such as my petzl 8003 found at
My positioning belt and strap are by Buckingham ( www.buckinghammfg.com ).
My strap is their P/N 346099E http://www.buckinghammfg.com/linemen/pcps.html
, and my belt is similar to their P/N 1988
Regarding hooking on to your mast when atop the bearing plate of the tower
(or higher), I would suggest using steel steps
http://www.w9iix.com/ii00012.htm , ST-12, u-bolted to the mast, and tying
above them with your fall arrest hooks. Use a short strap or rope lanyard
to clip your positioning belt onto the mast itself. If I can get up the
courage, I plan on doing this to climb my mast and replace some antennas
this summer. (But don't count on it just yet.)
Gene Smar AD3F
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