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post #21 of 26 Old 02-17-2012
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even though i'm not as young and strong as i once was i believe i could do a controled slide down a bare pole,i believe in my heyday i could have skinnyed up too,a few rub burns maybe but pride intact
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Also on a more serious note, reported in the latest Good Old Boat, one of their contributors died recently falling from the mast.
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I'd like to be able to go up rigs on my own. I'm not a fan of carrying 200'+ of rope in a 4:1 tackle. What are your thoughts for hoisting a dedicated climbing line and using 2 ascenders? Looks like the ascenders are around $60 ea. plus the line, which I have no idea which kind to buy. My current method involves me tied into a climbing harness and having someone below help grind while I climb.

I like the dedicated climbing line b/c it will work better with the ascenders instead of stripped dyneema or 1/4" halyards on different boats.

Also, can I use that same climbing rope with a figure 8 and lower myself that way? Instead of having to slowly come back down with the ascenders?

And to the OP, I once was stuck up my own rig for a while when the person below got a bad override on the winch. Now I carry a knife and a tether to transfer the load if need be.

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thats why i climb with prussics.. nothing to get fouled..
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Reminds me of the guy who up on his roof doing some work. It was a steep rood so he tied some rope around his waist and tied the other end to the bumper of his car. His wife didn't know what he was doing and at some she decided to drive to the store...you can figger out the rest of the story.
That is the FUNNIEST thing I hvae ever heard. Reminds me of Natl Lampoons when they ask where the dog is and the next scene is them driving down the highway with the leash and collar flooping behind from the bumper.

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