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!
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- The Competition and Camaraderie of Tree Jam Camp
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- The Bartlett Interview: A Woman’s Perspective from Sara
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- 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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For those of you that have been using a Tree Motion harness since it was originally released, you know exactly how awesome this harness is! The Tree Motion (TM) was designed with the movement of the climber in mind and combines things like a wide back pad for comfort and a longer rope bridge that is attached between the legs and hips, creating an amazing amount of movement, all in a neat package!
Have you ever thought about all the gear that you use on a daily basis? Have you thought about the harness that you put on everyday or the biners that get beat up at the bottom of your gear bag? How about some of the stuff that is your “go to” gear that is surely getting used and, more than likely, slightly abused day-after-day? We want to give a huge shout out to all that under-appreciated gear that keeps holding tons of weight or makes your day easier without you ever giving it a second thought. Here’s to you, lowly, under-appreciated gear!
Does anyone remember back a few years when a little video came out on Youtube called Spiderjackery? The video showed a climber in Australia doing a mock work climb in a giant Eucalyptus tree. The greatest thing about this video was how fluidly the climber moved throughout the tree and how flawless his climbing was. Every swing was spot on and every landing on the limb was as smooth as butter! Let’s take a look at the video and break down some cool bits of what was going on!
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!
When it comes to being a tree climber, one of the best things you can ask for is a good groundie who is capable of keeping up with the brush, making sure that most everything is done when you get out of the tree, and, most importantly, great at running ropes! There is nothing better than taking the top of a tree and watching and – more importantly – feeling the top come slowly and steadily to a stop before touching the ground. That is what a good groundie is capable of. It makes your day way less stressful and go more smoothly. It also makes it possible to talk to your significant other when you get home at night instead of losing your voice halfway through the day from screaming at someone on the ground or from screaming in pain from busting your ribs on the spar as you get jerked around 50’ off the ground!
Have you ever been up in a tree and needed to lift some limbs, maybe to clear a roof or overhand, but also needed to immediately have some sort of friction on the rope because the pieces were too heavy for your ground guy to hold them? Many times when I was doing line clearance, we would find ourselves in these situations where we were lifting limbs off of or over power lines, but also needed at immediate friction to help us lower the limbs. We tried to have someone lifting while the other was taking up slack with the Port a Wrap, but that never really kept all the slack out of the system, and if the piece came off too early, there were way too many hands near the Port a Wrap to let something run at the correct time. So, as always, Kevin Bingham, who invented the Rope Wrench and Rope Runner, came up with a super cool use for the already popular Rope Wrench: the Rigging Wrench!
Several years ago I remember looking through an arborist supply catalog while sitting in the bucket truck at lunch. In it I saw an ad for a pair of chainsaw pants that cost $300 and my mind was blown! “Who in the hell would pay $300 for a pair of pants?” was all I could muster under my breath. The guys sitting next to me felt the same way! That was crazy! Our blue jeans cost a fraction of that and I could buy 10, heck 15 pair for the price of this one pair of pants! But, I must say, the thought of having a pair of chainsaw pants had planted a small seed inside of my head, even if I was bewildered about how I could afford a pair!
What is your favorite foot ascender? What really stands out to you about it? Do you like the fact that it’s super lightweight? Maybe you like its ability to lock onto your rope? Perhaps even its ability to not lock? Foot ascenders are super useful and in our industry, there are actually quite a few options for these awesome little camming units that help us cruise right up our ropes!
The spring season is upon us and the trees are ready to start leafing out and uptaking all kinds of nutrients from their environment. This big uptake will help them push out new growth and put on some new growth rings as well. With the growth spurt comes the threat of pests and diseases that love munching on that supple new growth and possibly infecting the leaves and needles of your clients’ trees! So, what is your plan for helping them care for their trees this coming season?
We’ve talked about carabiners plenty of times in the past and that’s for a very good reason; they are really useful! Carabiners have been around since 1921 to help keep things attached to other things as well as keeping climbers attached to ropes on the cliff side or in the canopy. Carabiners have developed into something that we can use for life support, for rigging, and to make our climbing lives way easier! Let’s take a look at some of the different uses for the various carabiners that are available.
Are all friction savers created equally? Do they all do the same thing? Well, let’s discuss what a friction saver does and what the advantages and disadvantages are when using one of these great tools. Friction savers have been around for quite a while now and are used by some of the most efficient climbers in the world to help make moving through the canopy of the tree easier on them and their equipment.
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.
It’s a Great Time to Be a Climber!
Over the past 10 years, tree climbing and tree climbing equipment have moved from the stone-age straight into the 21st century. With advancements in materials used to the techniques used to access trees, it is a great time to be a tree climber! The Internet has also brought together a whole new group of climbers that are highly skilled, as well as highly willing to share their knowledge. Let’s take a look at how climbing gear and techniques have changed over the past decades to help us make our days a bit easier than the days of free climbing and cross cut saws!