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    Senior Member XexorZ's Avatar
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    No Trees? No problem - Ground Anchors

    Pardon the video - I wanted to play with some editing but had no luck with the software I used... The content is there and I intended to add audio over the top but it never happened. I think its pretty self explanatory though

    Enjoy!!

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    Youtube is being slow for me tonight, but I was wondering if something like this would work. Can't wait for it to load so I can see if there were any issues

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    Source for ground anchors?

    They look very expensive, and very cool.
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    Yeah. That's nifty. Any chance you can get a close-up of the rig? Maybe a few pictures? It's very cool.

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    Did you really use bronze oarlocks on top of the aluminum poles?
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    How hard is it to get those anchors out of the ground when you are ready to move on?
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    That's very cool and it looks rock solid judging by the opening scene. This might be a good time to remind folks that by law you are supposed to call One Call or whatever it's called in your state before you dig or drive anything into the ground. In most state parks, electric utilities are underground and I would hate to think what would happen if you drove this into a water line!

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    What are the oar locks for?? Why not just clove, or better yet, constrictor hitch the suspension lines to the uprights?

    Thanks for the video. It's nice to see how other people are doing things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jungleandy View Post
    They look very expensive, and very cool.
    I believe I picked them up from here:

    http://www.minntrapprod.com/catalog/...th=509_293_503

    Look around - I've seen them for cheaper.

    Remember to get the finned version as these have a retrieval boss on them (you need to setup a retrieval cable or rope on them though - I am using Dynema and you CAN NOT tie it on as it breaks at the knot - you gotta do a bury to make loops and then make the loop slip by putting it through the rest of the line. I also armor it using a piece of paracord sheeting around the loop itself.

    I would have explained all this in the video but the editing was a total waste of time / nightmare as you can see... I will try to remake the video once I find editing software that is worth while.

    -Xex

    EDIT:

    The driver is just a piece of rebar I cut to length and machined on the lathe so the end fit well. You could use any steel bar. I'd like to try it with Titanium since the steel is very heavy.
    The anchors weigh < 150 grams each (I think 147 when I weighed them). I'd love to find them in cast Titanium as well!

    -X
    Last edited by XexorZ; 09-22-2010 at 09:22.
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    Senior Member XexorZ's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEntyre View Post
    Did you really use bronze oarlocks on top of the aluminum poles?
    I use a single bronze oarlock on top of one of the poles.

    The poles are just PVC schedule 40 - way strong enough for my weight (YMMV)

    The one pipe has the end melted with a torch and pushed over so it is smooth (foot end) so it doesn't cut into the suspension.

    The Oar-Lock end is belts-and-suspenders so I can sway without having my head-end fall off. It would likely be fine without it and just melted / bent over... Another option would be to use a T fitting and run the suspension through that but it could fail - not sure.
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