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« Post / Reply #15 on: August 24, 2016, 08:28:02 AM »

Thanks for the update about the cam!  We all look forward to hearing the prognosis!  And we hope for the best possible outcome!  love
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« Post / Reply #16 on: August 24, 2016, 11:11:26 AM »

Dan and Dale wrap cam in saran wrap for protection cam off line.. Good Luck

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« Post / Reply #17 on: August 29, 2016, 05:55:13 PM »


My friend delivered our system to the techs today after coming right to me to load it in her vehicle.
She was thrilled with the honour of doing this for us.
Today she writes - The folks at Securco treated the Eagle Cam like a celebrity.  Four technicians came out to greet me (well they came to see the Cam) when I arrived.  Fingers crossed they get it repaired before Friday!!
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« Post / Reply #18 on: August 29, 2016, 06:15:53 PM »

 
Okay, finally getting round to some of my footage from the day we took our Eagle cam system out of Gregg*s Tree.
i have put five little video clips together here.
The first bit, Dale has his back to us & Dan is using a borrowed sling shot pole to get a small heavy sack tied to a fine line over the second nearest branch in Gregg*s Tree.
The first shot isn*t quite right, so they try again.
& again & again.
Finally we see Dale tying our nice orange climbing rope to the end of the sling shot line.
Dan is getting geared up.
Look at all the bits & pieces hanging off of him.
Nick is hauling on the sling shot line to pull our orange climbing rope up & of course it all gets hung up way up there in the branches.
Finally they have success & they have the end of the climbing rope over the branch & back down to the ground where the fine sling shot line is untied.
 
august 23 2016 11:41 -  getting our climbing rope into Gregg*s Tree
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7Pr6173Qfg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7Pr6173Qfg</a>


Dan studying the climb.
It is a LONG way up to that second branch.

august 23 2016 12:05 - Dan prepares to climb our rope into Gregg*s Tree
 



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« Post / Reply #19 on: August 30, 2016, 05:24:16 AM »

Thanks booni.....what an undertaking!

Say.......who is that sweet faced pooch?
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« Post / Reply #20 on: August 30, 2016, 06:40:41 AM »

 thumbup Thank you for the video and explanation booni! With all that gear hanging from Dan then the cam and mic an box yikes !!
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« Post / Reply #21 on: August 30, 2016, 04:04:10 PM »

Thanks Booni. Much hope that the cam back to work soon.
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« Post / Reply #22 on: August 30, 2016, 06:12:29 PM »

 
The pooch is Dale*s dog!

Okay, two more compilation videos from climb day.
In this first video, Dan is holding a blue clamp in his right hand.
This clamps onto our orange climbing rope & if you look, hanging down from it is the loop he puts his right foot into.
Then maybe 10" at a time he pulls himself up the rope using his arms & one leg & clamps higher up each time.
You can see him checking the free play of the safety line  & clip that attaches him to the blue clamp.
Next he is trying to swing the orange line a bit closer to the Tree, but he isn*t successful & isn*t happy about it.
i think because he swings & spins more if he isn*t touching the Tree.
The other end of our line is tied securely to a Tree on the ground by Dale, who has done a skookum job, but it is being checked by Nick.
The blue clamp is now attached to our rope & Dan puts his foot into the loop.
He then tensions the rope by starting to climb it, yet his feet are still on the ground til it gets tight.
Dan asks Nick to check the tie off knot again.
The rope is almost taught & we hear a loud crack & everyone ducks & looks up!  eek!

august 23 2016 12:10 -  Dan prepares to climb our rope into Gregg*s Tree
 
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJGmJ3uU0GU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJGmJ3uU0GU</a>


The rope is now tensioned & Dan is swinging free in the air before his climb.
He makes a suggestion for a piece of equipment that he would like us to buy for him for doing this job!  mhihi
He begins to head up the rope & you can see how laborious it is for him.
He needs to take rests on the way up & he & Nick chat.
Dale is getting ready to do this same climb, the same way, & he is gearing up behind me.
& Dale is 70!

 
august 23 2016 12:16 -  Dan climbing our rope into Gregg*s Tree

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqdH36y24NU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqdH36y24NU</a>
 
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« Post / Reply #23 on: August 30, 2016, 06:46:12 PM »

 eek! Wow a tough climb  confused  thumbup
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« Post / Reply #24 on: August 30, 2016, 11:19:00 PM »

Climbing a tree that way sure takes a lot of skill, strength, patience, energy, stamina, and common sense!  We're very fortunate that Dan's willing to go up there to do what's needed.    thumbup    love
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« Post / Reply #25 on: September 01, 2016, 07:13:26 AM »

Amen to the above comments thumbup
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« Post / Reply #26 on: September 03, 2016, 10:46:02 AM »

 
Okay, a few more videos of climb day ready to show you.

In this video, Dan is almost at the branch that our climbing rope is looped over thanks to the sling shot pole.
Notice that one of his pieces of equipment is a bench he sits on as he is suspended.
The sort of bluish thing running all the way up the Tree is the container for all the wiring that runs from the shed equipment to the grey box near the top of the Tree.
Also notice the spikes on the inside sides of Dan*s boots that he will use to help him climb the rest of the Tree.
& a couple of the lines dangling from his gear belt with carabiners attached will be used to loop around the Tree as his safety line as he goes up.
He is wanting to get closer to the trunk for climbing, at the beginning of this video.
Next he starts to pull up our climbing rope that he has just climbed, but then Dale makes a suggestion & he ends up dropping it back down again.
You can see that Dan has looped one of those safety loop lines around the Tree & above the second branch already.
In the next bit, Dan is looping the second safety line around the next higher up branch.
This is how he will climb the rest of the Tree to get to our gear, & how he would have to climb the whole Tree were it not for our nice orange climbing rope.
We used to leave the rope right up to above our equipment, but it gets damaged from Sun & Wind & weather too quickly, so that was why we had left the fine black line instead, to pull up the good rope on climb day.
i pan out to show you just how high Dan is, as he removes one safety loop to wrap around the next higher branch up.

august 23 2016 12:53 -  Dan climbs our rope up into Gregg*s Tree


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63WU130XLKI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63WU130XLKI</a>


Dan is getting hot & tired as he slowly makes his way up to our equipment.
Normally he would be pulling himself up our rope to get to here, still hard work, but less painstaking & time-consuming.
*Almost there*, says Nick, & Dan hoots with exertion & relief as he studies his destination, our cam & mic & the grey box, all attached to the Tree with the help of 2x4s.

august 23 2016 12:59 -  Dan climbs the top half of Gregg*s Tree

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZxVRZTyxEc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZxVRZTyxEc</a>


We*ve gone from 11:41 to 13:13 so far in this climb day, just to give you an idea of how long this takes.
Dan has brought up one end of our climbing rope to be attached to the limb above the equipment, which is where our rope used to be left tied, & where the fine black line had been attached & will be attached again, once we get our gear back in the Tree.
Dan keeps eyeing the gear in the Tree, looking for damage, & trying to figure out how the heck it can all be detached from the cable wiring & brought down.
This part has me fretting as well.
Next, Dan has our rope looped over the branch where he wants it & is lowering it down to Dale & Nick.
Dale will now be able to climb our rope up to Dan, rather than having to climb half the Tree, as Dan has just done.
Once the rope is secured over the limb & then tied down on the ground to a Tree by Dale, Dale begins his climb up the rope.
Notice he has two loops for his feet & legs, which i think would be much easier than just the one, like Dan has.
We switch to Nick on the ground, with his ear & head protection, & you can see the other end of our rope secured to the spindly Tree that Dan once climbed, by Dale.
Our nice new rope is now stored in that blue tub, between uses.
It needs to be twice as long as our cam equipment is high, half to go up, half to go down, so 500' of rope to get the 200' up to our equipment.

august 23 2016 13:13 -  Dale climbs our rope into Gregg*s Tree

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhL0AiWQKGU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhL0AiWQKGU</a>
 
 

 
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« Post / Reply #27 on: September 03, 2016, 11:14:39 AM »

Thank you booni that was so informative! The container for the wire is called a wire loom. It protects the inside wire from chaffing and the elements
 Both Dan and Dale are climbing with either Gibbs Ascenders or a similar model.
Ascenders are equipped with a blocking system that under the load grips the rope & holds onto it, together with the suspended load. When the weight is taken off it releases the tension and the ascender can be moved up the rope. They pull themselves up and then lock it to break from falling. Alot of work and amazing that Dale is still at it at age 70!!
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« Post / Reply #28 on: September 03, 2016, 04:18:14 PM »

what an undertaking!!!  sheesh

booni....Why does the guy on the ground need ear and head protection and our tree climber has a bare head!?Huh???

If Dale is 70 yrs old, you would sure never know it with the way he shinny's up that rope.  My gosh.

I will be looking forward to any video you have of them actually removing that equipment.  I just can't imagine how they do it dangling up there in mid air.

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« Post / Reply #29 on: September 04, 2016, 04:50:14 AM »

Each of them a hero!  Thank you for these details and videos((( Booni))) and (((Cawatcher))).
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