Journeyman Obstacle Course (Questions and Answers)
Question: If we are not allowed to use a hand line, are we supposed to carry hardware in our hand when transferring to the other side of the cross arm?
Question: Will there be locknuts on the bolts?
Question: Are the use of two fall arrests allowed (2 buck squeezes)?
Answer: No, please refer to General Information and Competitors Rules
Question: Will the groundman be required to wear rubber gloves while operating the extendo stick?
Question: While doing the obstacle pole, can one foot be on the arm as long as one gaff is still in the pole? (Example: Crossing over the arm)
Answer: No, the cross-arm is designed to support arm mounted equipment and not the weight of the climber. All pole mounted material and hardware shall not be used for human support.
Question: Can a fuse cup be used to remove and install the fuse barrel in the fuse cut-out?
Answer: Yes, any device intended for that use by the manufacturer may be used to remove and install the fuse barrel.
Question: On the Journeyman Obstacle Course, are the arms on each side of the pole or are all on the same side of the pole?
Answer: The bottom and top arm are on the same side of the pole with the middle arm on the opposite side of the pole.
Question: Will large cross arm braces be used on all of the arms on the obstacle pole?
Answer: The braces used on the obstacle course events will be the small braces utilized for 8’ arms. The dimensions of those braces are 60” with a 18” drop. The brace length is 36" from end to end.
Question: Can the stick touch the ground and the groundmans body when opening and closing the cutout?
Answer: The extendo stick is a hot line tool that is not allowed to touch the ground. The use of a tarp would prevent this from being a point deduction. I don’t see an issue with contact with the groundman under our current rule of operation.
Contact with ground : no
Contact with groundman : yes
Question: What pole material/hardware will have washers?
Answer: The drop in pin will be equipped with a square flat washer and a nut.
Question: Will the L brackets both have nuts on them or will only one have a nut that is transferred to the other L bracket along with the switch?
Answer: The L brackets will only be equipped with a nut on one bracket and the cutout and nut will have to be transferred to the other bracket.
Question: Does the groundman have to wear rubber gloves while opening the fuse barrel?
Question: Will the extendo stick be provided?
Answer: No. All live line tools and cover-up must be provided by the competitors unless otherwise stated in the event description.
Question: Can you leave the secondary rope around the pole as long as your weight is on the fall arrest belt?
Answer: No. Refer to General Information and Competitor Rules (Infractions - Rule #26)
Question: During the obstacle course event, can the stick be extended while the last man is climbing, ready to hang the fuse or have the fuse hung?
Answer: Yes the stick can be ready to hang the fuse while the last man is climbing, but if the stick interferes with the last climber while extending, a point violation will occur. However the fuse cannot be hung until the the last climber's feet have reached the ground.
Question: Can the groundman extend the extendo stick out before the second climber comes to the ground?
Answer: Read previous answer.