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Instead of using the branch as a pulley, lift the bag into position with one hand while pulling the slack out of the rope with the other. If the bag is too heavy to lift over your head with one hand, have a second person pull the rope while you lift the bag with both hands. This will greatly reduce the friction on the tree limb.


Using anatolyg's idea of the carabiner, I think this will work. Thank you Anatolyg!


Make a figure-8-on-a-bight knot on the center of your rope; clip a carabiner into the knot. Clip the center of a second rope into the carabiner. Toss your first rope over the tree branch using the original method. Use the second rope to raise the bag, using the carabiner as a pulley. To reduce friction, you can add a real pulley to the carabiner if you have ...


Arborists have this problem. The solution is a "friction saver" or "cambium saver". It consists of two rings, one large and one small, at the end of a length of webbing or rope. Here are some examples from For light duty you could easily make a similar device yourself with two differently sized rings and a piece of rope. ...


The two situations you compare are not really alike. When you shorten a sling by tying a knot in it, suppose the knot fails -- then the carabiner is still caught in the sling. Clipping in to the shelf of an anchor is different. In an anchor built out of three pieces, we have 6 strands coming down to the knot. You clip in to the shelf by clipping through one ...


I made a video about it like 2 years ago: With a FPV of tying the knot. Also be noted that the bowline paper has been updated and there's one more variation in there that is safe for climbing called "Harry Butlers Yosemite Bowline" which has been my default go-to lead climbing knot for the past 2 years, i ...


This is called a cows tail tie in, it's a standard guide technique, and is merely a retraced overhand on a bight.


A variation on others' answers (which I have not tried, but speculate should work) - if you don't have a carabiner or arborist's tools or whatever, you could make do with just the rope itself. Tie the end of the rope around the tree limb - use a square knot or other non-slipping knot to leave slack in the resulting loop. Pull the long end through the loop, ...


You are looking for the barrel knot: This is used by climbers to make sure the rope can't pass through the hole in a belay device.


I'd suggest a "slippery figure of eight" - although i'm not sure if that's the right canonical name for it. It's my go to knot I use when trying to shorten guy lines on a tent or tarp - i.e. when I have a runner with a hole and can pull some of the line through, tie a stopper knot and then use the shortened guy line. When taking the tent down, a ...


I do see a need for a munter hitch. I make an anchor at the bottom like usual. I usually make also an anchor prusik at first bolt, because I think knots as the weakest point of the system, or place it otherwise you will keep rope longer if not fall on knots. Then I tight a prusik on my harness, and climb giving slack through moving the prusik with one hand. ...

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