Sometimes you just can't keep a throw bag from getting hung
I shot my throw bag and line over the very limbs I wanted and the bag came down. The line was out a bit further on the limbs I wanted and over some others as well, but I figured the rope sleeve and a bag manipulation trick would take care of everything.
But, not to take any chances, I already had a 10 oz throw bag on 'my' end of the line and attached a second throw line to that throw bag. That would allow me maximum flexibility manipulating the throw bag in to the position I wanted.
I pulled up that throw bag to drop it over the crotch and had to pull it back and forth a couple of times to clear some twigs. All of a sudden it wouldn't budge. I pulled hard on both lines - nothing - it was hung and good!
So I throw another bag and line over a much lower limb, set my rope and climb up. Two more pitches got me in position to see what had happened. The metal ring on the throw bag had landed perfectly over a small nub on top of the limb and it wasn't going anywhere.
So I stand up on a limb (tied in twice), lift the throw bag off the nub, untied both lines and everything was free. But here's the good part.
I've been playing with a special rappelling device I made and so far I love it. It's small, simple, easy to use and doesn't twist the rope any more than a Grigri or hyper bar rack and it's much lighter and simpler than either.
One thing I've learned about it is it's amazing wide range of braking/control. Keep in mind, I'm on 9mm PMI EzBend and most rappelling devices are 'touchy' with that small of a rope. Not this thing - it flies - it stops.
Wellllllll my wife was lying out in the yard on a blanket watching me and I was about to give her a scare, errr, I mean show....that's it - show. I got the SRT set up, installed the rappeller, eased down enough to clear the last limb. I was at about 40' at that point.
I pushed out from the tree, and loosened my brake hand (gloved) and let the rope fly. I dropped 40' without ever coming in contact with the tree again. As I neared the ground, I simply clamped down with my brake hand (glove) and felt the instant and hard braking. I soft touched the ground with my feet and it was over.
Although it's just a rappeller, I sure do like it. It's a prototype right now - I need to add a few things and I'll post some pics and a vid of a high speed rappel.
And that's how I rescued my throw bag and two lines.
Hmmm, got kind of carried away there didn't I?