Tree work has been a profession in one way or another for a long time. I’m sure there were woodsman or forest folk or lumberjacks that were bartering food for tree work long before the thought of a chainsaw or crosscut saw was around. It seems every other week there is a new climbing system coming out that makes climbers faster or more efficient. Everything is moving faster and faster and all this actual tree work needs to be done at a faster and faster rate too. So, what’s the best way to speed up a job but still keep it safe? What’s the most efficient way to get a tree on the ground? Two words: crane removals.
- Crane Removals are a Great Way to Get a Tree on the Ground
- Advantages and Disadvantages of Friction Savers
- Utilizing Span Rigging to Create Rigging Points
- The Rope Runner Will Have You Singing from the Treetops
- Further Evolutions in the Tree Climbing Industry
- Tree Climbing in the 21st Century
- The Emerald Ash Borer: A Nasty Little Bug
- What Every Production Climber Should Have in Their Gear Bag
- Summer Safety Tips for Tree Climbers
- Come to Tree-Jam-Camp
- Carabiner: A Climber's Best Friend
- CA Trip
- Rigging Is Exciting!
- Using Different Rope for Different Kinds of Climbing
- Tree Structure and Tree Climbing Safety
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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.
Innovators of Climbing Gear Tech
Climbers that love having the newest gear or using the most cutting edge techniques have more than likely already used a Singing Tree Rope Runner. However, for everyone else that maybe hasn’t seen one of these neat devices yet, or has had a chance to use one, let’s discuss what the Singing Tree Rope Runner is all about.
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!
A Growing Scourge
In Michigan, we have been dealing with Emerald Ash Borer longer than any other state. Unfortunately, it was brought into our state on pallets from a large boat and it quickly spread to the nearby Ash trees in neighboring communities and subsequently wreaked havoc across the state.
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.
Day One: Shock and Awe
Remember the scene from Jurassic Park when Dr. Grant first sees the field full of dinosaurs? He is completely in awe of the giant brontosaurus walking past and all the other smaller dinosaurs running around, and completely speechless – his eyes frozen in awe. Now imagine a bunch of tree guys from Michigan in a van driving through an ancient stand of Giant Sequoias that stand 250-300 feet tall. Imagine the sweaty palms as the crew spotted for the first time the trees lined up for their impending climb. Imagine the van full of climbers slowly easing to a stop and everyone jumping out into the cold mountain air with their eyes peeled skyward at the massive trunks and soaring canopies that stood before them. Yeah, at that moment, we knew how Dr. Grant felt. We would soon be walking amongst the Giant Sequoias!
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.
Know What to Look For
Tree work is a very dangerous profession and keeping ourselves safe and alive is the main goal – along with efficiently doing our job. For this blog, we are going to go over some tree climbing safety that has to do with tree structure. As climbers, we are scaling large, woody perennials that stretch towards the sky with long fibrous branches coming from mighty trunks anchored into the ground via miles of roots. This entire structure can have defects that are hidden under the bark or be very obviously exposed. By knowing what to look for, we can make our work days much safer.