[TowerTalk] Climbing Gear resource needed

JC Smith jc-smith at comcast.net
Sun Sep 3 11:35:50 EDT 2006

Hi Al,

You might look through the safety section of the Northern Tool & Equipment
catalog (http://www.northerntool.com/).  They have some attractive prices.
Some of their harnesses aren't real "deluxe" but they all meet the same
safety standard.

73 - JC, K0HPS

-----Original Message-----
From: towertalk-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:towertalk-bounces at contesting.com]On Behalf Of Jay Schwisow
Sent: Sunday, September 03, 2006 6:13 AM
To: Al Toothaker
Cc: Towertalk at Contesting. Com
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Climbing Gear resource needed


I bought my  fall protection gear from www.tessco.com.  I was not able
to try them on before so basically paid attention to size and features.
The harness I received is excellent.  Here are some links for you:

Basic discussion and links to their product comparison chart, lanyards,

Personal preference will dictate but here is what I have :

451682 - Pinnacle Advanced tower harness by Elk River
417261 - Twin leg shock absorbing lanyard (2" throat on hooks) with auto
twist carabiners
                   this can give you 100% tie off if you use it
29776 - Close in positioning assembly

I still plan on ordering another though different positioning lanyard so
that I can tie off the seat.  This will add comfort when working in a
specific area for 10 minutes or more.

Total cost for the above about $600.00


Jay - KT5E

Al Toothaker wrote:
> Well,  K3LR's comments have finally convinced me that I need to change my
> evil ways with regard to tower climbing gear.  After a recent trip up and
> down my 50' Rohn 45 with the yellow jacket following me all the way got me
> thinking I needed a little less free climbing.  Then Tim pushed me over
> edge.
> So, I set off to look at the websites that some others have suggested in
> last week or so.  What I found was a tremendous range of brands, types,
> materials, configurations, qualities and options.  Harnesses, lanyards,
> restraint lines, hooks, lobster claws, rebar assemblies, and on and on.  6
> D-rings?  Huh?  I only needed two till now.  The bottom line is that I
> some advice that will help me to limit the choices to those that suit my
> (new) habits.
> Does anyone know a Northern California dealer that I can visit?  SF to SJ
> preferred.  How about a link to a primer on selecting the gear?  I have
> found one yet.  Or, if anyone wants to let me pick their brain, drop me an
> email and I would be happy to call.  Go on, do it.  You could save a life!
> Tnx,
> Al
> N6TA
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