I bet you can’t throw as terribly as me! My between-the-legs-throwline-swing has gotten better over the years but I spend 50% of my climbing time trying to place my throwline over a good branch. NOT ANY MORE!
If all you do is climb trees in well maintained urban areas you probably don’t have many troubles with throwlines, but have you ever tried placing a line in a tree whilst standing in a steep valley or when you have to throw THROUGH a thick lower canopy? I really wanted to buy a big shot throwline launcher but it was too big for backpacking, to powerful for the trees here in MN, and I like saving money! SO! I attempted to build a cheaper/smaller DIY version and this is the result:
Originally I wanted to build one with a fishing reel that would allow me to easily respool the line but after a GanderMountain employee came up with the GENIUS idea of just shooting off of the original spool that the line comes on I decided to save an extra $50 and do it that way!
25 lbs test line – I paid $3.50 for highvis orange on clearance
2.2 oz fishing weight – $2 for two, I returned and purchased 1.5 oz weights which work better
Slingshot – $9.99 for a cheap Daisy “Wrist Rocket”
Bright Ducttape – PINK! $3.50
What to do:
Step 1 – duct tape the throw weight so you can see it after your shot
Step 2 – tie your fishing line to the weight using your favorite knot
Step 3 – lay the spool in a non-obstructed area
Step 4 – SHOOT!
Step 5 – tie the fishing line to your usual throwline (such as Zing-It or DynaGlide) using an overhand knot
Step 6 – pull it over
Step 7 – tie your climbing rope to your throwline and pull it over!
This setup has given me GREAT POWER AMONGST THE TREES! Ok, not really but it has made my climbing excursions 100% more fun since I can aim and hit the branch I want on my first try, everytime, from pretty much any stance or steep hill. Try it!
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