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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!
STIHL Chainsaws and Mark Chisholm made this awesome video demonstrating the forces that are generated when climbing SRT on a series of different anchor points. This is such an interesting topic to discuss, seeing as we have already presented part of this to you in previous blogs discussing “Forces in Rigging” quite a while ago. So let’s discuss a little bit of what’s being covered in the video to help you choose the best tie-in method while climbing SRT!
One of the most interesting things about tree work is the way that we all tend to learn the trade. We learn from those around us, and in many companies this is all the training we get. A great term I heard in the past is that we are all “Work Isolated,” meaning that we might all essentially be doing the same thing, but we may be doing it completely different because we never really see the way that other companies are doing it. This was very true before the rise of the Internet and social media such as Facebook and Instagram. Now we have the ability to see what someone else is doing on the other side of the globe in a matter of minutes! So let me tell you a story from my past from right about the time that the tree industry was discovering Facebook!
Have you ever been out on a limb with your climb line attached to the ring on your bridge while also trying to use your lanyard as a second tie-in, but as you lean way out there you notice your rope and lanyard are turning your bridge all around in a circle? This is a headache that can easily cause you frustration, but also, in a rescue scenario, cause the rescue to take far longer than it should because of an avoidable misconfiguration of gear. There is, however, a really easy way to fix this little dilemma: a swivel!
Are you afraid of your chainsaw? Honestly, I would hope that you aren’t afraid of it, but I truly hope that you respect it! Chainsaws and handsaws alike are both used to cut through some pretty hard stuff, whether it be a solid Red Oak limb or a stone hard dead American Elm. These two tools require your utmost attention when being used, and above all else, your respect! That’s why proper chainsaw training and handsaw safety are vital.
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!
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!
Though this may be old hat for some of you, it’s actually quite difficult for new climbers to figure out exactly what a production climber should have in their gear bag. This also varies greatly depending on what type of production work a climber performs. What if they are a contract climber, removals climber, crane removals climber, or a fine pruning climber? All of these factors can come into account when deciding on what gear should go in the bag. Hopefully, we can cover them all. We talked to several different climbers to gather together what they do depending on the situation so that we could share with you what every production climber should have in their bag to make a safe and successful climb.
Risks Rise with the Temperature
After a cold, brutal winter like most of us had in the Midwest, it’s great to think of the warm weather of summer right around the corner; if not just to wake up and hear birds singing instead of trees cracking from the sub-zero overnight temperatures. It seems like as soon as the frost turns to dew in the morning and the temps hit 40, it’s t-shirt weather! However, when the temperatures begin to rise, so do the risks that are involved with our job. Let’s take a look at some of the things that the summer season brings and how that relates to safe climbing. So here are some summer safety tips for tree climbers that we hope you find informative and beneficial.
Calling All Climbers
Every summer comes a time when tree people make an annual pilgrimage ranging from hundreds to thousands of miles away to come to a place of sandy beaches, shaded forests, nighttime folk music and the cheering of their friends. Every summer climbers come to a place that allows climbing advancements to be paired with top level climbing ability in climbing competitions. Every summer climbers and families alike come to TREE-JAM-CAMP!
Carabiners are widely used in tree climbing for so many different tasks it’s unbelievable. From rigging setups, to mechanical advantage to the basis of your climbing system, these little metal ovals really make our lives easier when up in the tree. Though they are a climber’s best friend, carabiners have been around for way longer than you may probably think as well, and weren’t initially used for climbing purposes. So let’s look at the history of the carabiner and review their various shapes and uses over the years.
In the Beginning
Different Ropes for Different Folks
What is your favorite rope to climb with? Are you a True Blue fan or do you lean more towards the likes of a nice static KMIII MAX? There are tons of different climbing ropes and various climbing rope constructions that serve their own purpose in your everyday climbing. Let’s take a look at what is available and why using a different rope for different kinds of climbing is beneficial for climbers of all skill levels.