Another year, another Tree Jam Camp!! As someone who has attended it from its inception it’s been awesome to watch the transition from a one day competition in a small Port Huron Park to a three day event at a beautiful beachside camp. What started as a fun and low key competition has gradually morphed over the years into a low key tree family reunion. Yes, it’s still a competition of sorts, but that’s not the main purpose. The main purpose of Tree Jam Camp always has been and always will be camaraderie.
- Climbing Comp Tips that Will Help Maximize Your Score
- The Competition and Camaraderie of Tree Jam Camp
- 5 Steps for Starting Up Your Own Tree Service
- The NEW treeMOTION
- 4 Easy Ways to Make Additional Income with Your Scrap Wood
- 5 Vacations In the USA for the Tree Lover
- Some Love for Our Under-Appreciated Gear
- The Importance of Caring for Your Boots
- The Bartlett Interview: A Woman’s Perspective from Sara
- Ground Protection: Plywood vs. Alturna Mats
- Top 5 Questions that Homeowners Ask Us
- Further Adventures on Belle Isle: Jake Carufel of Canopy Climber Tree Care
- Lower Limbs With Ease Using the Port a Wrap
- The Bartlett Interview: Dan Thornton
- The Spiderjack Helps You Fluidly Move Through Trees
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I know we’ve talked about tree climbing comps many times in the past so for those of you that don’t like them, we’re sorry, but for those of you that love them as we do, hopefully, you can pull some useful climbing comp tips out of this blog for your next competition! Tree climbing comps are a great time to meet new climbers, as well as meet up with old friends that you’ve met over the years. On top of that, they are a great way to refine some of the skills that you’ve been using at work to make your days a bit more efficient and maybe improve upon some of the things you do, like ascending faster!
If you’ve ever watched an established tree company work, you might assume it started out exactly the same way you are seeing it today: established. That probably couldn’t be further from the truth. The amount of times I’ve heard an owner of a tree service say he or she started with nothing more than a pick-up truck and a saw has happened more times than I can remember.
If you read our other blog post about some of the most under-appreciated gear that we use daily, then you know how much boots take a beating without a second thought. Our boots help keep our feet warm in the winter and keep our feet dry through the wet spring, and all we do is keep walking them through mud and whatever else nasty we come across daily! On top of that we wedge them into crotches that pull and prod at their soles, trying to tear them from the very foot bed that makes them comfortable! We figured if we were going to beat on the boots all day long, then we should write a blog post on caring for your boots as well!
If you’re looking for a vacation that also serves as a tree lover destination you can pull into this park and be in instant and unmatched awe! Sequoia National Park is full of simply breathtaking, unbelievable trees that reach to the sky at heights most of us have never seen before!
you probably already know, being in the Tree Industry is high risk,
but high reward. It’s actually rated the #1 most dangerous job in
the USA. It can also be costly to start up and maintain, but again,
the rewards are also high.
We decided to have a little bit of fun with this next blog post by going through the top 5 questions that homeowners ask us! I’m sure you’ve been asked ALL of these questions many times when on the job, on the phone, or maybe even at the grocery store with your work shirt on! We are going to try to answer these top questions that homeowners ask us as professionally and knowledgeably as possible. Hopefully, you can take our answers and use them the next time these questions are posed to you.
We continue our interview series with a discussion with Sara, who provides a woman’s perspective on the tree climbing industry.
So tell us who you are and how long you have been in the tree climbing industry:
name is Sara and I’ve been a tree trimmer officially since March of
2017. I started on the (IBEW Local 17) property in Nov,
What do you like most about being in the tree industry?
I love being outside. I like the freedom and that everything is a challenge. It’s something you can’t study for. You have to go out and do it. It’s always working your brain; it’s not just manual labor or brute force.
I like that trees are all over the world and the service we provide is something that’s always going to be needed.
Last month we told you about the volunteer project we helped out with on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. This month we want to give you a breakdown of some of the cool tricks and techniques we used to get some of these big logs out of the canals and onto shore! We talked with Jake Carufel who used to work for Bartlett Arborist Supply, but now runs his own company, Canopy Climber Tree Care, out of Port Huron, Michigan. Jake is a Certified Arborist, as well as the 2016 Michigan Tree Climbing Champion, so it’s always fun to catch up and see what types of cool climbing tricks that he and other climbers are employing to get the job done! Jake wrote the following account that details what he used to suspend himself over the water and make the cuts without getting wet.
Bartlett Arborist Supply moved to the country roads of Marlette
Michigan, over 100 years ago the company started in a small home in
Detroit – Michigan’s Motor City. But there’s more to Detroit
than just cars, abandoned buildings, and the current uprise of the
Belle Isle is a beautiful 982 acre island rich in nature, history, and community. You cross over the Detroit River by bridge, leaving the cement jungle and high rise buildings behind to find yourself traveling down a road that will bring you to beaches, boats, historic buildings, parks, even an aquarium, and an astounding Conservatory holding everything from 40 ft tall tropical plants, delicate cactuses, and a fern garden, to rare flowering plants and fruit trees.
So we did an interview with some climbers that we are friends with a couple weeks ago. We pretty much just asked them some basic questions to see how they felt about the industry, climbing gear, any tree climbing tips they may have, and what keeps them going every single day! Our first interview is with Dan Thornton, who, if any of you have been to MTCC (Michigan Tree Climbing Championships) you’ve probably met him or talked to him behind the tape of some of the events or threw a disc around after the comp in the parking lot. Dan has always been willing to come help out with volunteer projects and is a great worker that is starting to make a name for himself in the industry. We were super happy to meet up with him and get his thoughts on what he sees going on in the tree industry! So here we go!
On a recent Facebook post, we asked, “what you recommended to someone that wanted to get faster at doing removals?” An overwhelming response was that you don’t need to be faster, you need to be safe. That’s a great point and obviously the best answer for the given scenario, but when we asked, we were assuming that the theoretical climber was, indeed, safe. So, with that being said, let’s look at some ways that a climber can reduce the time that they are in the tree by making them more efficient at tree removals.
We wanted to share a cool rigging technique that Jake Carufel shared on his Instagram page. If you’ve ever called into Bartlett in the past, you have probably talked to him on the phone. Jake started his own tree service based in Port Huron, Michigan. Let’s see what Jake had to say about the rigging technique he used in this cool video!
Technically, yes, Tree Jam Camp is a climbing competition. However, at its core it’s a summer getaway weekend; a time and space for men and women in the tree climbing industry to gather with their families and hold a huge tree community family reunion. It’s an event where sharing skills and knowledge are encouraged and swapping tree stories are the norm. It’s a space where you’re around like-minded people who have the same excitement and passion for trees, the industry, and the community as do you. It’s a yearly pilgrimage for those in the industry and the 2017 event was one for the ages.
Climbers and manufacturers are continually looking for new ideas and developing gear that makes climbing easier for everyone. With the release of the Captain Hook grappling hook for DMM or the Mag Throw Bags from Richard Mumford, we can see that many people are really using their head and finding ways to make our jobs easier.