Hey Wartstein, I actually set my rope from the ground using a small static line (about 2 mm, and 200 lbs tensile), and a 14oz throw weight. I just swing the throw line between my legs, and throw really hard into the air, and at the same time as the throw, I jump up for more power. I then tie my 11mm climbing rope to the end of the throw line using an unobtrusive knot, and pull my rope over the branch, all the way to the ground, and tie a figre 8 on a bight on the end of the rope. I can then clip a locking carabiner to that figure 8, and the other end of the line. The pic below isn't my setup, but it is close enough to what I do, I just replace the ring with my carabiner, and the yellow rope is my throw line, so I can retrieve the rope from the ground by pulling on my throw line.
I use a hand ascender (jumar) and a locking belay device (GriGri) to climb small distances, but when I climb more than 30 feet, I use a chest ascender and a top harness, (in addition to my regular harness) and a hand ascender. When I need to descend, I switch to my GriGri, and take all of my ascenders off of my line.
When I climb trees, it is mostly for fun, although I occasionally cut some dead branches with a folding saw, so they dont fall on anyones head.
(P.S: the picture in the first post was the same tree I took my calendar pic from, So I'm 60-70 feet in the air, and It is always fun to (without getting yanked out of the tree) watch a branch drop that far, without getting yanked out of the tree.
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