Setting a low and secure climbing line anchor and advancing both anchors into the higher parts of the tree crown or canopy. O course we are rope walking with a SAKA tm. Navigation time stamps below.
Climbing an American beech or North American beech Fagus grandifolia, there are not many good sized beech trees in this area. Time stamps below 0:37 Tying the running Alpine Butterfly, tied, dressed, set and verified.
0:59 Attaching the retrieval line.1:13 Lots of lower scrub and being on a hill makes inspection of canopy anchors and getting the line very high difficult. Climbing with the detachable retrieval line makes advancing easier for single or dual climbers.
1:23 SAKA ready to go. 1:30 Attaching the HHx to the climbing line with a modified Catalan. Usually takes me about 50 seconds to put the HHx on the climbing line.
1:48 Sterling RIT cordage tends to slip but is very smooth and wear resistant but takes an extra wrap compared to Marlo Boa. 2:27 Sequence of starting up the rope.
3:15 Some SAKA storage options.
3:50 Line management while advancing two climbing lines into the upper crown of this tree. Keeping the tails or anchors accessible is important. This was an SRT cinched anchor and I swapping it over to a Moving Climber Anchored Technique (DdRT or MRT) while re-setting the other climbing line. I did not have to untie the Alpine, simply connected the tail.
4:10 Setting and advancing the climbing lines with Quickies once in the canopy.
4:13 Switching and advancing my anchor.
4:32 Resetting the other climbers anchor as we both advance up the tree.
4:51 One retrieval line is used which provides for access to both anchors during retrieval and advancement.
5:33 Rope walking makes it fast and easy to get up the tree. 6:01 A carabiner helps assure the retrieval line is isolated while descending. 6:04 Prototype added friction devise on the HHx.