Yeah I actually made a detailed post last night twice about what I did and what I had to do and the forum would tell me I wasn't logged in anymore everytime I did it so I gave up and posted a quick update lol. There are glitches with the animation, I have to lock out the left and right controls when climbing up or down etc.
The problem with the animation was typical, just another event blocking it from animating. I went through enough tuts and posts last night to get it. I added an invisible placeholder that the character attaches to in the second build. I was using per pixel collision detection causing some craptastic glitches when falling by platforms (shield was catching the edges). The placeholder is thin so when you column jump it centers much better instead of jumping to the center posisition on the pole.
I'm getting the hang of it, it's only the begining of my third day. programing the attack routine should be fun :) I'm used to if then's and cases :)