I realize I haven't posted much content lately, lots of ideas but I haven't spent the time to organize them. So here's a go at an unorganized report:
A few days ago I accidentally got a rope stuckish in a tree and today I chose to do a the rescue.
How I got the rope stuckish:
I had created a mid-line cinch with about 25 ft of tail. I had later attached the other end of the rope to create a pulldown. (long story on why I chose to do this - but I swear it made sense!). Well, when I pulled the rope, I untied the tails when they reached me - then promptly pulled the wrong end of the rope and sent the cinch back against the limb.
I didn't feel like making people wait, nor felt like climbing again on the yoyo system (I had already climbed 210 ft on it that afternoon) so I decided I'd return later in the week.
The hike to the tree is about 45 minutes with a full pack - up a steep hill. I decided to bring the most minimal set-up I could think of in 10 minutes. Here's what I ended up bringing:
Helmet, rock harness, 3 compact carabiners, 1 HMS carabiner, a foot loop, a (modified - don't tell anyone) Tibloc. I also brought a lightweight windshirt and headlamp in case I stayed out later than I had intended or it started raining. I also brought the camera (duh!).
Essentially, I chose to climb with a Texas system - the Tibloc acting as the upper ascender and a Garda Hitch for the lower ascender. I rerouted the tail of the garda hitch through the tibloc. I could have rigged the Garda Hitch more like the grigri on a yoyo system, but this would have been less flexible for changeover.
I've taken to using the tail end of my climbing line to create a cowtail for SRT climbing - mostly out of convenience of not carrying additional cowtail. I used this approach here.
Anyways, it climbed ok. As expected, the changeover was the most difficult part, since neither device downclimbs easily. Obviously the choices I made here aren't too versatile but it worked ok for this climb. I don't think I'll use the garda hitch again - I can get a lot of benefit from other methods but without much additional weight/gear.