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    Hey all,

    I was wondering if anyone might have some advice for getting use to ascending and descending the aerial especially when using it at a low angle. As a tall guy I find that I really have to crouch down to hold onto the rails when the ladder is a low angle. I actually find it easier when the ladder is more upright like a regular ladder. At low angles I find it difficult especially when descending. Is this just something you get used to? Any tips?

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    Climb it every chance you get is the only advice I can think of. It's what I did during my time on a ladder company.

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    A. Face the direction your heading
    B. Ifs its such a low angle you cant climb down, stand up and walk down use extra caution if its icy.
    C. Make sure your rungs are aligned
    Just another one of the 99%ers looking up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ffcscny View Post
    Hey all,

    I was wondering if anyone might have some advice for getting use to ascending and descending the aerial especially when using it at a low angle. As a tall guy I find that I really have to crouch down to hold onto the rails when the ladder is a low angle. I actually find it easier when the ladder is more upright like a regular ladder. At low angles I find it difficult especially when descending. Is this just something you get used to? Any tips?
    At low angle I prefer to face the direction I'm heading, crouched down and kind of "scooting" along.

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    I recommend climbing it whenever possible. That should help you get used to climbing the aerial at various angles.


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    You shoudln't have a problem...

    Everyone knows that since truckies are knuckle draggers, their arms are longer than their legs.. just grab the side rails to steady yourself!
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    Default Practice Makes Perfect

    It's the same way you get to Carnegie hall....

    Pratice...practice....practice..

    Eventually you will find yourself standing pretty straight as you climb up and down. It takes some getting used to.

    at low angles, an offset rung alignment helps make a better foot step.

    I have been on a truck for 7 years now and it got better with every drill.

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