Last year during the summer at an Acton launch I lost a Giant Leap T-Bolt about 65 ft up in a tree between the field and the river. It had a CTI casing and a Jolly Logic chute release so it was definitely worth trying to recover. I must have gone back a half dozen times to the field with the specific intent to try and recover it. I tried with the slingshot, a new super long recovery pole and even a drone. No joy.
Yesterday at the launch I went back there to check on it and it wasn’t up there. I looked all around suddenly spotted it in a bush near the base of the tree.l didn’t even have to bend over to pick it up! Almost no damage to any part of the rocket. The body was that rubberized Giant Leap magnaframe. It was slightly bent but that was easily fixed. This morning after letting the Jolly Logic completely dry out I plugged it in and amazingly it started charging! Fully charged and ready to go after a couple of hours. Crazy good luck.
Gives me hope for my JLCR that's been stuck in a tree in Acton for close to 2 years now. The Lehmann boys tried their hand at retrieving it with the CMASS pole, but it's just about 4" too short, even holding the pole at chest level (which your shoulders and neck will tell you about the next day).
I gave it another try along with them, making it my 5th or 6th attempt at retrieval. The NC, shock cord and parachute seem to twist around more branches as each month passes...