I recently posted about safety
practices/equipment for climbing a stepped mast
. Following that, I've now bought a rope-grab and full harness both of which work
really well. As mentioned, the mast
is stepped and my earlier post was about fall protection whilst climbing.
I'll be doing a fair bit of work
at the top of the mast - VHF antenna
and new coax, new tricolour and cables
and possibly new anemometer cable. So I have been looking for a means of tightly holding me to the mast whilst I work with both hands free. I've seen many climbing and arborist aides like a pole strap but all I've seen don't tighten short enough to really secure me against the mast. They're also pretty expensive.
The idea I'm now dreaming up (which many may have thought before me!) is a webbing strap with carabineers at each end (to clip to the harness) and a secure and easy adjust buckle to tighten/loosen. But so far I haven't found anything like this so if I go down this route
, I'll need to get one made up.
I thought I'd reach out and ask the forum what you think about my plan and/or if you've got any other ideas? I could well be missing an easier solution.
Thanks everyone. Wideocean 7.