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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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Rock Exotica Omni Block

Posted by Tree Climbing Professional on 5/20/2016 to Tree Climbing Gear
Omni Block by Rock Exotica

The Rock Exotica Omni Block is easily one of the most versatile pulleys on the market now a days. They are great for multiple rigging applications as well as rescue scenarios. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

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TREE-JAM-CAMP 2016 - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Posted by Tree Climbing Professional on 5/15/2016 to Tree Climbing Gear
TreeJamCamp

TREE-JAM-CAMP is a free event open to the public held on the shores of Lake Huron just north of Lexington, Michigan. July 22-24, 2016 will be an adventure packed weekend for climbers and their families to enjoy the trees together. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

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Chainsaw Pants for Tree Climbers

Posted by Tree Climber on 5/7/2016 to Tree Climbing Gear
Kuhl Pants

Kuhl Chainsaw Pants are a must have for professional tree climbers! Stay safe in the trees and look professional in front of clients with Kuhl pants. CLICK HERE TO CHECK THEM OUT!

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