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Old 09-21-2008, 01:45 PM   #1
Peter Mazen
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Securing a bar hanging from tree (pics included)

I'm currently setting this pull up bar in my backyard and here's a picture of what it currently looks like. It's just a mock up of the placement, I haven't bought the pipe and rope/straps yet. This is the only decent tree I have and there's no horizontal branches, so this is the best mounting position I have to work with. In the picture that "bar" is at roughly 8 feet, the branch it's secured to is about 25 feet.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...llupTree_1.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...llupTree_2.jpg

The perfect scenario would be to have an adjustable height so I could put rings on it and raise/lower it. I vaguely remember seeing stuff like that before in a trapeze type setting, but I don't know how to go about installing it. I could even put a climbing rope on there if I can adjust it freely.

The second part of the project is securing the rotational and side to side movement. I figured 4 straps shooting off of each corner would do the trick, but that would interfere with the height adjustment unless someone has some fancy ideas.

Thanks for any input ideas!
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Old 09-21-2008, 03:42 PM   #2
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Re: Securing a bar hanging from tree (pics included)

I think Patrick Donnelly had a tree-mounted bar at some point. It's been a while since I saw that thread, but pretty sure it was his. Might wanna search around for that. Would the rotation of the bar be any worse than if you were doing pull-ups on suspended rings? I'm having a tough time visualizing it, but I never have had problems with swinging in circles on my rings, so maybe you'll be ok in that regard.

Always nice to have an excuse to climb a tree though...
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Old 09-21-2008, 05:14 PM   #3
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Re: Securing a bar hanging from tree (pics included)

Im not sure if I would try to secure it laterally or rotationally, it would definately add an extra element to your workouts. If you are dead set on making it secure on all sides though, could you not construct some sort of mount coming off of the two big branches that are sloping towards your house? A bar running across them with bracing of some sort?
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Old 09-21-2008, 07:55 PM   #4
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Re: Securing a bar hanging from tree (pics included)

I think I've figured out a way to set it up. I'm not gonna go with the supports on the bar, it probably isn't necessary and like Shane said it'll add another element. I don't have time to put up sketches of what I was thinking right now, but I'll load pictures up of what it looks like when finished.
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Old 09-22-2008, 03:33 AM   #5
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Re: Securing a bar hanging from tree (pics included)

There's really no need to stablize it. You can get a good kip going on a free-swinging bar. It only takes a little longer to lock it in. I used an unsecured bar for a year before switching to rings for half a year and finally getting a bar attached to a power cage. I still use the rings for pullups much of the time. Againfaster even sells a free hanging bar for use as a portable pullup bar. If you want adjustability, you'll probably want some straps similar to what you have on your rings, although making adjustments on a bar that is 8 feet in the air or more could be a giant pain.

However you do it, I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product.
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:41 PM   #6
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Re: Securing a bar hanging from tree (pics included)

I got it all finished now and I'm pretty happy with the results. Here's the pics:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...llupTree_3.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...llupTree_4.jpg

I haven't gotten a chance to use it too much, but it works great so far. It's fully adjustable from touching the ground up to about 20 feet, which will be fantastic when my rings show up in the mail. You can probably see how I made it just by looking, but if anyone has questions lemme know.

Total parts list and cost
Fence post (top piece) ~ $6 (mine was free since I already had one)
1" x 60" black iron pipe -- $16
2x cap ends -- $2
6x 3/8" eye bolts -- $4.50
1/4" x 3' chain -- $6
2x quick link -- $5
7/16" x 100' braided rope -- $20
rope cleat -- $3

Total
$62.50
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