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Live wire safety descent system
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Contributors to this thread:
gobbler 03-Nov-19
Bou'bound 03-Nov-19
Fields 03-Nov-19
gobbler 04-Nov-19
Tonybear61 04-Nov-19
Franklin 04-Nov-19
Hunt98 09-Nov-19
From: gobbler
03-Nov-19
It looks like the spider live wire safety descent system has been discontinued?? Anyone know why? Iā€™m connected to one now

From: Bou'bound
03-Nov-19
Insufficient demand maybe

From: Fields
03-Nov-19
I had one. It was OK... Only thing I disliked about it was that if you used it once, it was no longer usable... I guess not a big deal, if it saved you. I switched to a tree stand wingman, no particular reason other than to try it out.. my only problem with those style of descent systems, I use a rock climbing harness and the lines that attach to the tree and to the harness can be annoying and I'm constantly adjusting them depending on the tree I am in or how I have to turn in the tree..... One major plus, if you do fall out, you get lowered to the ground, not just hanging.... When I see people who just tether themselves to a tree, I often think, what will they do to get down if their stand isn't close to them, or their steps aren't there, etc.... Anything is better than nothing though and feel way more secure with them on.

From: gobbler
04-Nov-19
I know, just hanging in a harness for hours can be as deadly as falling

From: Tonybear61
04-Nov-19
Self-rescue plan is paramount. When using steps I used to have one or two spares in my fanny pack or vest. Now I almost exclusively use Buckingham leg irons. Keep them on all the time while in stand. A little rubber hose over the tips, carpeted stand, no issues.

From: Franklin
04-Nov-19
When you tie off to the tree make sure your loop is on the step side of the tree, not just above your stand. If you do fall you will swing over your steps not over your stand. Carry a knife in case you have to cut yourself free.

You can use a climbing carabiner that you thread your rope through it so when you fall your weight will apply friction from your rope and carabiner that will slowly let you descend.

From: Hunt98
09-Nov-19
Franklin, ā€œ You can use a climbing carabiner that you thread your rope through it so when you fall your weight will apply friction from your rope and carabiner that will slowly let you descend.ā€

Do you have a picture (or YouTube link) that explains this?

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