The Bennett Hook
The Bennett Hook can offer you a remote attachable secondary (non life support ) tie in point. It can help stabilize your position while on long limb walks or gain access to far reaching areas of sprawling canopies without changing primary tie in points. The Bennett Hook can be remotely retrieved with a practiced flip of the wrist.
The bennett hook works on limbs 0-12 inches in diameter. One advantage of The Bennett Hook over a conventional hook is, that when attached to the limb and cinched, with rope under tension, it wont slide sideways along the branch, even at oblique line angles, it will “bite”much like a girth hitched sling. This is helpful if no convenient branch union is available.
How To Use The Bennett Hook
There are three distinct steps to learn; Deployment, Snaring, Release.
Step 1: Deployment
Coil the rope in one hand. Use the other hand to throw The Bennett Hook underhand, over the target limb. Release the coils of rope as The Bennett Hook travels towards the limb.
Step 2: Snaring and Cinching
Adjust the rope so that The Bennett Hook is hanging about a foot below the limb. This may require letting out, or pulling in some of the rope. Send a shockwave up the rope with a circular flick of the forearm and wrist ( a clockwise or counterclockwise stirring motion, Think fly fishing without the pole). The shockwave should take the rope behind The Bennett Hook. Gently pull on the rope, The Bennett Hook starts to move up towards the limb, continue a slow steady pull, The Bennett Hook will begin to orient itself and rotate so that rope is snared by one of the legs of the E hook,
continue to pull the rope until The Bennett Hook is cinched around the branch.
Make sure there is no gap between the limb and the spine of The Bennett Hook.
Make sure the hook is cinched perpendicular to the limb.
Now your remote anchor point is ready to use, for non life support duties.
Step Three: Release and Retrieval
Put about a foot of slack in the line. Use a clockwise or counterclockwise (opposite direction you used to snare the hook) flick of your forearm and wrist to send a shockwave along the rope, that propels the rope out past the leg of the hook. Once the rope is free from the hook, pull The Bennett Hook back over the limb.