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Have you had a fall climbing?

Have you had a fall while climbing with anything related to hunting?

  • Yes with saddle. Minimal injury. Ex.. cut, bruise, scrape

    Votes: 18 14.5%
  • Yes with saddle. Major injury. Involved a doctor's visit or more.

    Votes: 2 1.6%
  • No with all means. Everything has gone to plan to far.

    Votes: 64 51.6%
  • Yes with saddle But not even a scratch. Talking free fall for any length of time.

    Votes: 3 2.4%
  • Yes with hang on or climber. Minor injury. Cuts, scrape, bruise.

    Votes: 19 15.3%
  • Yes with hang on or climber. Major injury.

    Votes: 3 2.4%
  • Yes with hang on or climber. But not even a scratch.

    Votes: 14 11.3%
  • Took a fall free climbing a tree.

    Votes: 5 4.0%
  • Fell off my bucket once. Does that count? (Only if sober)

    Votes: 3 2.4%

  • Total voters
    124

Drix22

New Member
Joined
Aug 17, 2020
Messages
32
Buddy of mine is still recovering from a broken strap on a hang on two years ago. Broken hip.
Most the recovery for him now is 'getting back on the horse' though he's probably only 75% of what he once was physically.
I know this is an old quote, but a relevant statistic:

If you're over 50, your chance of dying within 12 months of breaking your hip is 30%, that number only increases with age.
 

ThereWillBeSpuds

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 12, 2019
Messages
573
I've swung Into the tree a couple times, no injuries but my pride.

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MNFarmHunter

Well-Known Member
SH Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2021
Messages
603
Location
Minnesota
I was about 20 feet up once and tried to toe hook my predator to get it tighter. It ended up coming lose and falling down below where my feet were. I was left hanging from my tether and just barely was able to get my toe onto my top WE step. If my top step was any lower it would have been a dicy situation.

Lesson learned...ALWAYS have a backup plan if the step you are on drops out from under you. Its something I never read or thought about. Now I never set my predator more than 6-8 inches from my top step.
Even if you don't plan on climbing 2TC, this climbing method will absolutely get you out of a situation like this.

Using your scenario, swinging from the tether. Take your linemans belt and girth hitch it to the tree about waist height. With the tag end, tie a bowline and you've now created a foot loop. At that point, you can use the foot loop as a step to take pressure off the tether which will allow you to inch worm down the trunk until you reach the ground or your next set stick.
 

RamBam

Member
SH Member
Joined
Apr 10, 2021
Messages
78
I fell off a bad leaning tree on my recent trip in Kentucky. Lucky I was but a few feet from the ground and had my rappel rope/tether hooked up. Had no backup just using the safeguard. Had maybe a foot of slack in the line. The only thing that sucked was swinging and slamming back into the tree. I keep a single Cranford step in my pack for emergency. Though this time I just rappelled back to earth. Had I been using my tether it would have been way more difficult. I was far enough from the tree due to its lean that I would have had to probably try and throw my linemen belt around to pull my self back or swing and grab it.
Honest question. How many of you guys carry something to recover from a fall ? I keep a spare oplux tether and that folding cranford just for emergency use.
 

MattMan81

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SH Member
Joined
Jan 13, 2020
Messages
1,628
Location
S.E. Michigan
I fell off a bad leaning tree on my recent trip in Kentucky. Lucky I was but a few feet from the ground and had my rappel rope/tether hooked up. Had no backup just using the safeguard. Had maybe a foot of slack in the line. The only thing that sucked was swinging and slamming back into the tree. I keep a single Cranford step in my pack for emergency. Though this time I just rappelled back to earth. Had I been using my tether it would have been way more difficult. I was far enough from the tree due to its lean that I would have had to probably try and throw my linemen belt around to pull my self back or swing and grab it.
Honest question. How many of you guys carry something to recover from a fall ? I keep a spare oplux tether and that folding cranford just for emergency use.
I make sure now I have 2 tethers in my pouch. Plus my rappel rope and lineman's. If I have to I can 2t my self out of a jam if needed.
 

RamBam

Member
SH Member
Joined
Apr 10, 2021
Messages
78
I make sure now I have 2 tethers in my pouch. Plus my rappel rope and lineman's. If I have to I can 2t my self out of a jam if needed.
I keep two spare carabiners and a Prussic cord for the unknown as well. I figured in a bind I can quick throw a prussic on and use it as a adjustable foot loop.
 

Mitchellfarmer1982

Active Member
Joined
Dec 31, 2018
Messages
123
Not a fall per se but when I first got the life guard I was trying it outat ground level then got braver around 6 to 8ft when the wife asks how fast can you come down. Of course I dunno let's see. Well I pulled the handle started going faster than I liked. Reaction was to pull tighter made me go even more. Burnt the skin off my other hand. Caught myself when I let go to "break my fall" with my hands and it caught me about 4 inches from my butt hitting the ground. Lesson learned....dont listen to the wife lol
 
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