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Rigging Is Exciting!

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 5/24/2017 to Tree Climbing Gear

In the Beginning

Isn’t rigging one of the most exciting things we get to do while working in trees? Devising a rigging plan to safely lower large limbs into small areas. Mapping out our rigging points to keep as much stress off the tree as possible. Deciding just how big to cut that next piece so it fits in the back yard without catching the service wire, fence, or clothes line. Best of all, throwing a notch in and waiting for the moment of weightlessness as the limb floats into the rope! Yeah, rigging is exciting!

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Using Different Rope for Different Kinds of Climbing

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 5/18/2017 to Tree Climbing Gear

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.

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Tree Structure and Tree Climbing Safety

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 5/5/2017 to Tree Climbing Safety
Tree Structure and Tree Climbing Safety

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.

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The best advice on becoming the “go to” groundie

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/24/2017 to Tree Climbing Safety
At one time or another, we have all been the new guy or girl on a job. It’s not a fun spot to be in, especially when there are others who have been doing the job for years that expect you to know everything that they do in a matter of minutes! This can make the learning curve pretty steep when you have to deal with a dangerous job, as well as the persistent yelling or criticism informing you that you are doing the job wrong. We decided to ask our Facebook followers how they deal with new groundies and how they train them as well as new climbers. Whether you are a fledgling groundie or a seasoned crew member who wants to be known as the best at the trade, we offer the best advice on becoming the “go to” groundie.

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The DMM Captain Hook is a great option for tricky work positioning

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/19/2017 to Tree Climbing Gear

You’ll Be Hooked


Have you ever been in that position in the tree when you are all the way out at the tip of the limb, looking at that perfect place to lanyard into, but you know that there is no way to get your lanyard all the way over there and back to you? Yeah, I think we have all been in this position before, but what if there was a quick and easy way around this dilemma? Well, there is! The DMM Captain Hook is a great option for tricky work positioning. 

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Webbing loops are essential gear for any climber

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/10/2017 to Tree Climbing Gear
Webbing loops are essential gear for any climber

ESSENTIAL CLIMBING GEAR

Webbing loops are one of the most versatile tools we can use in the tree. These flat nylon loops can be used in climbing or rigging scenarios to reduce time spent tying knots or to help with work positioning while pruning. They can be conveniently wrapped up into small little bundles to keep on the back of your harness in the event that you need one quick. If you don’t have at least one, I highly recommend that you pick one up to see what they can do for you because webbing loops are essential gear for any climber!

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The importance of your tie-in point when swinging from the branches

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/3/2017 to Tree Climbing Safety
TRUST IN YOUR CLIMBING EQUIPMENT What’s the fastest way to get from one branch to the next? Think about the first time you were in a giant tree all day long, knees slightly shaking from fear, and not touching solid ground for the past 6 hours. Yet, you know that there is still that ONE piece of deadwood that needs to get cut out on the complete opposite side of the tree. Obviously, you could climb down and over to that next limb, or maybe you could double tie-in and transfer over to it? OR, you could step off into the void and get some air under your boots and make the swing! Swinging from the branches may seem daunting, but it saves time and is completely safe with the proper professional climbing equipment.

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Climbing SRT (Single Rope Technique)

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 3/22/2017 to Tree Climbing Safety
Climbing SRT (Single Rope Technique)
How many climbers out there are hesitant to start climbing SRT? SRT work positioning (Rope Wrench, Rope Runner, Unicender, etc.) hasn’t been around all that long so I can see why you could be a bit leery about it but SRT ascending has been around for a LONG time and it is well worth it for you to give it a go!

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Petzl Alveo Helmet

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 3/13/2017 to Tree Climbing Gear
Petzl Alveo Helmet
One of the best things I have found for keeping cool on hot summer days is a vented helmet. By having just a little bit of airflow inside my helmet really makes a world of difference when the temperature outside starts to rise. Even in the winter time a little bit of cool air on the head can keep your glasses from fogging up and keep you from overheating! 

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THE PETZL ZIG ZAG HELPS YOU CLIMB TREES WITH EASE

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 3/9/2017 to Tree Climbing Gear
THE PETZL ZIG ZAG HELPS YOU CLIMB TREES WITH EASE
No Easier Way to Tend Your Rope I have been using the Petzl Zig Zag for three years and have absolutely loved every minute of it! This device is simply one of the smoothest devices made for Double Rope Technique (DdRT) climbing. If you’re a climber who wants to move quickly and smoothly through the tree without getting bound up by friction caused by wet ropes or a wet hitch cord, then the Zig Zag is just what you need. Don’t let its size fool you; this device combines multiple tools into one small and convenient package that helps you climb trees with ease.

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Small Business - "We're Just Like You!"

Posted by Professional Arborist & Tree Climber on 12/7/2016 to Tree Climbing Gear
Being a small, family owned business is everything to us!

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Friction Saver: Stop Hurting Trees

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 11/16/2016 to Tree Climbing Gear
friction saver can a save tree

Climbers have been throwing their ropes over limbs and around tree trunks for centuries. Unbeknownst to them, unfortunately the cambium layer of the trees experience abusive amounts of friction that can actually crush the cambial tissue as well as wear the protective bark off, leaving the cambium exposed to pests and other pathogens that can cause harm to the trees. 

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Don't Drop The Rope!

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 11/8/2016 to Tree Climbing Safety
DON'T DROP THE ROPE

Have you ever been out at the end of a limb, just about to tie it off with your rigging line when the unimaginable happens... you drop the rope! You watch in humility and horror as the line zips over limbs, leaves, up the trunk and right through the block. As soon as it hits the ground, the ranting begins from your ground crew as you sit on your limb in complete embarrassment. So, how do you keep your butterfingers from letting the rope go next time? 

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Climbing The Giant Sequoia Trees In California | Part 1: #SaveTheTrees

Posted by Arborist / Tree Climber on 7/14/2016 to Climbing News

 

As we were headed out west to climb the giant sequoia trees in California for our #savethetrees mission someone yelled from the front seat... and then this happened! CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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Silky Zubat Saw - Aborist Hand Saw for Pruning Trees

Posted by Arborist / Tree Climber on 6/10/2016 to Tree Climbing Gear
Silky Zubat Saw

The Silky Zubat Saw is actually one of the top selling hand saws, which means thousands of arborists swear by it as well. It's Japanese steel is next to none in its quality or longevity and it's stylish design makes it stand out from the rest. CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

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