Tips for recovering rocket from high tree?

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  1. Feb 10, 2020 #1

    billdz

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    My Estes Mammoth had the misfortune of landing high in a tree yesterday, I'm going back tomorrow to get it down. Anyone have a good tip or trick to share?

    In the past, I've used a long pole with a hook, and have used a slingshot with a rock tied to the end of a rope. I'm bringing these same tools tomorrow, although this rocket seems a bit higher up than the others I have recovered from trees. The parachute seems likely to be damaged.

    Thanks for any thoughts,
    Bill
    Mammoth in tree close.jpg Mammoth in tree distant.jpg
     
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    20 Gauge shotgun with # 3 or 4 shot. :D
     
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    I usually just used safety glasses and fishing line with a wooden weight on the end. I wouldn't recommend trying to use a ladder. Good luck!
     
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    I've had a Mammoth chute with a JLCR attached to it in a tree for about three years now ^_^
     
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    Pole saw, if owner would allow it.
     
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    Done that and flew it again. The BB holes didn't seem to bother it.
     
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    A bow and arrows with fishing line attached would possibly be simpler.
    Assuming the tree is too high to use a rock or weight tied to a string or rope.
    Of course, clear the area when shooting arrows.:rolleyes:
     
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    Thanks for the replies. This is a public park, I'll have to do without saws and guns.
     
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    I have used a tall stepladder and a pole
     
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    https://www.acsupplyco.com/estes/mammoth_pro.htm

    New rocket, $32 plus shipping, costs of adhesives and paint, and your time in building. You don’t mention any avionics.

    Vs

    costs (personal, medical, legal) of injury to yourself or someone else climbing a ladder or other tree climbing maneuver

    Unless you can afford to hire a “Cherry Picker” , I’d go with a brand new rocket.

    Stay safe!
     
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    Trained squirrel.
     
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    Do you know any electricians? A hot stick might be just long enough, fully extended.

    Jim
     
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    Mission accomplished. Did not want to lose the motor casing or the Flight Sketch Mini. It's good to be a ham radio op, lots of telescoping metal tubing from old antennas and masts lying around the back yard.
    Mammoth recovered.jpg
     
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    Glad you got it back!!!
    Another option to consider, if you ever find yourself in a similar predicament, :cool:
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    Seriously!!! Nice recovery!!!
    And Many More!!!

    SS
     
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    I had a PML Tethys about 50 ft in a tree at the edge of a woods. I used a half dozen 1-1/2" PVC pipes, coupled together with duct tape around coupler+ a 3ft 1x1 wooden piece taped around the coupler to keep the joint from flexing too much. The key is the top: a 10ft long 1/4" rod bent into a giant upside down U hook. You get the pipe close enough to the rocket and spin the pipe--the hook grabs the rocket. Keep spinning to tangle the rocket on the hook, then start bringing it down. How do you get it up there? Slink it through forks in the tree, so they help support it. Took awhile, but I got it.
     

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