Re: End of day complacency
Good report, glad it all worked out. Which reminds me... plenty of climbers don't like to wear helmets. I have no problem with that, if a climber has enough hours and/or years in trees under their saddle they have the right do do what they please as long as they're not endangering anyone else. I put a helmet on my head pretty much when I arrive at a tree, at least as soon as a throw bag comes out. Just my habit and choice, I don't demand that any other experienced climber do the same. I'm not starting a why or why not wear a helmet fight, unless you feel like fighting I'll humor you
Ok, with that disclaimer out of the way...
Last week I took a new climber to a woods white pine. He'd never climbed a tree on rope before. Before I started throwing I put on my helmet, the new climber looked at me and said, "Should I put a helmet on?", I said "Not a bad idea". I used a slingshot to get the bag over a good limb, worked the throwbag to get a decent climb path and set the rope. Then I climbed up installed a second setting. Next I did a Yo-Yo demo, to prepare him to climb. As we stood there a chunk of deadwood fell silently from the tree and landed a couple feet from my friend. There was no crack or warning of any kind, just a silent drop and smack on the ground. It wasn't big enough to kill you but a direct hit on a bare head would've been painful. On a helmet probably just a headache. Was an awesome lesson. Freak event for sure, any other time I've heard a crack from above or heard deadwood as it hits other branches on the way down. Or usually someone's working a throwbag or rope so you're on alert that something could fall.
So that's all. Hey Dave, so yer throwing a 14oz bag? I'm impressed
I don't throw anything bigger than a 10 majority of the time, sometimes a 12. Anyhow, more power to you!