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Wire-Cored Fliplines

Hanging on the wall is the best place for this equipment. Nailed on would be better. At the top is my first “store bought” tree saddle. It was the “Davey” belt and it was made from stiff, durable transmission belting. It buckled in the back and the tie-in was at the waist with some weight [...]

How to tie a Becket Bend in a Wire-Cored Flipline

Even though most climbers have embraced prusiks, and mechanical lanyard adjusters like the C1400 Macrojuster, every climber using a flipline should know how to deploy it without additional support. If you were tying this bend “rope-to-rope”, it would be called a sheetbend. When applied to a fitting, it properly becomes known as a Becket Bend. [...]

Climbers, Pads & Straps

Our climber is resting one of his Wesco boots on a vintage McCulloch chainsaw from the 1960′s. He is wearing B-5213 Original Euc Pads strapped to B-9142 Buckingham “Redwood” Climbers with 3-1/2-inch non-replaceable gaffs. The saddle is a “Marling” saddle. The Marling was Sierra Moreno’s first saddle released in 1976 as an updated version of [...]

Tree and Pole Climbing Spurs

A blend of Oak Man and Euc Man climbing gear. B-9509 Buckingham tree climbers (euc) with replaceable gaffs and B-3502 Buckingham Cushion pads (oak). Boots are 16″ lineman’s style (euc). Pants are Arborwear (oak) since they aren’t ripped and filthy). Saddle is a Bry-Dan (oak/euc), rope is Yale Fire (oak) and flipline is a 5/8-inch [...]

Replacement Parts by Brand

Vintage climbers surrounding replacement parts currently available: split rings, straps, straps with split rings, and sliding tops. Antique climbers clockwise from 11:00: Hand forged climbers from Australia. Shank pad sewn by a saddle maker actually looks like a good idea. The gaffs don’t. Early 20th Century factory-made lineman’s pole climbers. Note that the shank is [...]

Adjustable Lanyards

Adjustable Lanyards

Detail image of C-1350 Microjuster. This product is an excellent example of what we mean when we say “ARBORIST GRADE”. The inspiration for a cammed lanyard adjuster came late in the 20th Century when Don Blair handled one of Rock Thompson’s Rock Exotica Microcenders. Blair drop tested the microcender and determined that the body wasn’t [...]

Fliplines and Lanyards

Lanyards from right to left. A. 1-inch manila wire-cored flipline with a “Yankee Snap”, note the large radius the eye has to protect the rope from chaffing. B. A predecessor of the cammed adjusters currently available. It worked well, but the lanyard had to be spliced after being threaded through the device and couldn’t be [...]