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Re: Climbing mast using Prussik

They aren't prussic loops. Not sure I'd trust my life with a bike tyre inner tube either!

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Re: Climbing mast using Prussik

I kind of like the French guy's homemade system, but you would have to unhook at the spreaders and it would be pretty hairy trying to re attach with one had while hanging on with the other.

If the bike tire tube somehow failed you would not plummet straight down.

I have one of those top climber thingies and a bosuns chair. Have not yet tried the top climber.
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Re: Climbing mast using Prussik

For those of us who are not 20 or 30 or 40 or 50 something anymore, it is amazing how fatiguing climbing a mast can be. Any system has to allow one to just dangle and rest and should not excessively use just one muscle group. The bike tube thing uses only one leg and would exhaust me at the spreaders. Notice he did not video that part. I have only used the ATN and even with it, I was exhausted going all the way up and had to rest several times going up and descending. Also, I used a Prussic for a safety line on the other halyard and it seemed to work well, but just Prussics? Don't think so.
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