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Discussion in 'No Golf For You!' started by anonymous golfaholic, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. MCDavis

    MCDavis The Plaid Duffer Staff Member Moderator

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    Just one of the reasons I think you've lost your mind. Be careful doing that, buddy.
     
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    Always careful. I take every precaution I can. It's obviously not 'safe', but being doubly tied off and overly cautious helps. I'm in no hurry to get hurt or killed. I love a good thrill though. Motorcycles and climbing are my adrenaline fixes.

    I rationalize it like this, I'm not a production guy, so I have all the time in the world to assess and make 100% sure I'm confident in what I'm doing. I take advantage of that. On this tree, my original plan changed numerous times and I aborted several plans once I got to the cut because i didn't like the way it looked once I got there. Looks way different from 70 feet in the air...

    A professional crew would have had this done in 3 hours max. It took me 8 with my buddy helping me as ground crew(he's also the tree owner). He did very well running the rigging lines and sending me what I needed.
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    I always suspected something was "off" about this guy!!

    You wouldn't catch me 10 feet up in that tree, let along out on one of those spindly branches. I'll work as deep in the ground as you want to excavate, but will not work in the air. Been in holes 60 feet deep and scared to death 8 feet off the ground. Lots more people killed in trench cave-ins than from falling off a ladder. And... lots of people hurt who spend their time cutting down innocent old trees!!!

    Be careful!!!!
     
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  4. anonymous golfaholic

    anonymous golfaholic Refusing Recovery Supporting Member

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    Tree looks dead af too.

    I went bow hunting one time. Went in the woods way before daylight. Found a nice straight slender tree for my climbing deer stand in the spot I wanted to hunt. Climbed said tree and wind started blowing as the sun started coming up. I heard a crack as I'm perched in this swaying tree and I realized it was dead. I couldn't get my safety harness untethered quick enough! F that! Made for a short hunt.
     
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    So you''re on that limb and your weight has "cocked" it. You cut off the tip and now the limb "shoots" you through the sky over to the next tree? Man, I'd be shitting my pants up there.
     
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    You're still nucking futts, but I love you like the brother I never wanted.
     
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    Tree was a dead Ash from Ash Borer. Fairly recently dead though, still had all the bark and the wood was solid. I wasn't worried about the tree breaking off, this stem was 12-20" where I was climbing. The only real issue with the tree that had me worried was that it was a twin. So two Ash tree's had grown close together and after about 10 years, they fused together and grew the next 60-70 years as one base tree. So it had basically what amounted to a crack running all the way through the base of the tree until they split apart into the two stems. Both tree's were dead. I was worried about the stems coming apart at the base and dumping the entire stem I was in to the ground. Good thing there is that generally, it doesn't just bam fall to the ground like a tree that breaks off, the roots let it go slowly down and the trees under me probably would have propped me up if that happened. Unlikely to have caused death or great bodily harm...hopefully just bumps/bruises/scratches.


    Real dangerous trees and tree's close to power lines, I leave to the professionals. Like I said, I'm not interested in dying anytime soon.
     
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    haha, nah, my weight isn't enough to load that tree. I rigged both of the tops to the stem I was on and it wasn't much of a rodeo at all. Pretty tame removal all things considered.

    The top on the other stem was much heavier and had to be negative rigged further, but the stem was much shorter so it didn't throw me around much either.
     
  9. MCDavis

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    Check out Glark with all the technical tree mumbo jumbo language...I almost think he knows what he's doing!
     
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    anonymous golfaholic Refusing Recovery Supporting Member

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    "Generally" isn't a term that is very reassuring when death is imminent if the roulette ball lands on green.

    My tree had bark and I'm a lightweight but when I heard that crack after the wind picked up, I took my ass down at a record setting pace.
     
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    That's the great thing about climbing trees. There's no guarantees. No such thing as a rated tie off point.

    Just you and your intuition.
     
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    anonymous golfaholic Refusing Recovery Supporting Member

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    Great? You seem like the type of guy to call your wife by her sister's name while having sex
     
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    PaPaD Club ho, geezer........ Supporting Member

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    Your FIL's Beta a Trials bike? I used to ride Trials. Had Beta, Fantic and Aprilia bikes.
     
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    No, it's the 300 RR Race I believe or maybe the regular 300.
     
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    I enjoy a good rodeo.
     
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    MCDavis The Plaid Duffer Staff Member Moderator

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    I literally laughed out loud on this!
     
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    anonymous golfaholic Refusing Recovery Supporting Member

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    Right! Can't get a true rush if your life isn't on the line? Although, women can be more dangerous than trees
     
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    Fixed that for you.
     
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    PaPaD Club ho, geezer........ Supporting Member

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    Fixed it some more.....
     
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    anonymous golfaholic Refusing Recovery Supporting Member

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    Not so much a hobby but I learned a new skill! I decided to try to learn a song on the piano for the first time in my life. Pulled my wifes 1980s keyboard out of storage, got on YouTube and on the 3rd day I was able to play a large part of Fur Elise by Beethoven...albeit very slowly. I'm a nerd, I know but I was proud of myself lol. I even took video for proof to show my sister. I would post it but you guys would make fun of me. Today is my 4th day messing with it and its actually really fun.
     
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