Out of all the infuriating things that can happen throughout the day at work, the thing that really makes an impression on those cold days is the searing pain that screams from your fingertips when an unwieldy branch lets loose and gives you a good crack across your pinky finger! This is the one of the absolute “joys” of working outside during the icy Midwest winters. But guess what? For all of you who have been through this same horror, there’s an answer for the pain we’ve all surely endured!
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- Winter Exercise and Activity for Keeping In Shape
- Try Out the “O Rig Technique” for Easier Limb Walks
- The Evolution of How I’ve Used Work Positioning Lanyards
- Archangel Ancient Tree Archive Saves Our Trees!
- What I Learned at the 2017 TCIA Expo
- The Petzl Zig Zag Delivers a Cutting Edge Climbing Experience
- New Climbing Lines to Add to Your Holiday Wish List
- The Best Apparel to Keep You Warm and Comfortable this Winter
- Bowline: The King of Knots
- Add the V Rig Technique to Your Bag of Tricks
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Have you ever used a chainsaw before? More than likely, yes. Unless you are just doing some very fine ornamental pruning, you have used a chainsaw in your day-to-day work routine! More than likely you use a chainsaw almost all day long for hours on end. The big question is, what type of chainsaw protection are you employing?
To keep moving forward with our month of safety articles and discounted product that we hope will help you stock up on all the safety gear you need, let’s take a look at safety glasses and what makes a pair of safety glasses approved for work in the tree care industry. Just because you have a pair of glasses on doesn’t mean that they are actually rated for the hazards that we are exposed to while doing tree work. Maybe you picked up a pair of cheapo glasses at the gas station in the morning or you brought in your super high dollar polarized glasses for when you are out on the boat? Are either of these any better than the other at protecting your eyes? Most probably not.
Did you know that “struck-bys” are the number one cause of injury and death in the tree industry? That means that more and more people are killed every year by branches, logs, or trees falling on them and striking them somewhere on the body or head. That is an awful lot of injuries and deaths that could possibly be reduced or avoided altogether. So what would be the best way to reduce climbing accidents you ask? Protective climbing helmets and effective communication!
Keeping in shape isn’t a very hard job for us tree climbers, considering that we are continuously climbing ropes and limbs in trees and moving logs and brush on the ground. This type of daily activity keeps a person in top physical shape, but what happens when the work slows down, like during the winter months for us Midwest climbers? Winter exercise and activity can help keep our bodies in shape while we wait for the warm weather and steady work to come back. Let’s take a look at some exercises and different techniques to keep us working at 100% day in and day out!
Have you ever been out on the tips during a limb walk and found it really difficult to get back in? Maybe you were on a dreaded drooping limb walk that ended in a wobbling uncoordinated fight back to the base of the tree? Or perhaps you experienced a mega long limb walk in a 200 year old White Oak that has been reaching for the sun for the last 100 years. Regardless, we may have a technique that could make this whole process a little easier for you!
Let’s take a look at one of the most basic, yet most useful tools we have on our side: your work positioning lanyard. Whether you call it a Buck Strap, a Sissy Strap, a Scare Strap, Safety Strap or Lanyard, they all do the same thing; that is keep you safe while climbing trees. Now let’s go back a couple years and I’d like to share my own evolution through positioning lanyards and some climbing systems. Hopefully, this can help you choose a lanyard that works for you and how you climb!
Have you ever had the urge to do something bigger than what you ever thought you were capable of? Have you ever had that gnawing feeling in your chest and stomach that you need to help change the world? Have you ever done more than just think about it and actually taken action? Today we are going to talk about a man and his family who are doing just that, trying to change the world one giant tree at a time!
After spending three days of talking with the heads of our industry at one of the biggest tree shows of the year, it has really revived my passion for tree work! The TCIA Expo gets me pumped every year to come back to work and start putting new techniques and different procedures in place at my own company. It also helps me get a great understanding of where other company owners are at with their own companies, as well as getting to ask them questions about how to make my company better! There really is no better place to get so much information under one roof! If you missed the 2017 TCIA Expo, no worries, I’ve got you covered.
From working trade shows and talking with climbers from around the country, the one thing I always hear is how much climbers love the Petzl Zig Zag! This mechanical descender takes the place of your friction hitch and allows the climber to flow through the tree with the touch of a finger! Imagery aside, this device is a huge stepping stone is most climbers’ careers, signaling a move away from the Blake’s Hitch or Tautline into cutting edge climbing.
Two Great New Climbing Line Options
There are two really cool new climbing lines that have been released in the past month from Teufelberger that we would love to tell you about! These climbing lines would make a great Christmas present for any tree climber in your family! These new lines are called Xstatic and drenaLINE, and each works great for different types of climbing. Teufelberger is probably best known for Tachyon; its powerhouse DdRT or MRS rope. These two new lines help fill in the areas that Tachyon was lacking and should be immediately added to your holiday wish list.
Are You Winter-Ready?
With fall already here and full-blown winter lurking just around the corner, itÃƒÂ¢€Ã¢â€žÂ¢s probably a good time to discuss some warmer apparel for the chilly weather ahead. Whether you are out there smashing logs into blocks, getting every last piece of dead wood out of that giant Oak, running around to get your fall fertilization done, or meeting up with customers for estimates, we all want to be warm and comfortable when Old Man Winter comes around! So letÃƒÂ¢€Ã¢â€žÂ¢s take a look at some of the best apparel we have to keep you warm and comfortable this winter season!
When you think about the most used knot in the tree industry, what comes to mind first? Maybe the Blake’s Hitch? What about the Clove Hitch, that’s pretty useful right? How about the Figure Eight? Wait, you thought about all of those before the Bowline??? The Bowline is easily one of the most used and most useful knots in the tree industry!
I have found myself lately using the “V Rig” technique more and more when I’m working in a spread out tree or a tree with relatively low tie-in points. The V Rig technique is a neat little tool to have in your bag of tricks for when the tree decides to get you into those weird positions that you just can’t quite get comfortable in. After practicing this technique, I have found myself using it to get a better position while cabling, pruning, or even crane removals.
With winter quickly approaching, many tree companies are hustling to keep up with the summer rush of removals and pruning work. It seems October and November always brings the biggest rush – other than in the spring. Pretty much any time leaves are forming or leaves are falling, customers notice their trees! What if there was a way to make a little bit more out of the fall rush and make trees healthier at the same time? Fall fertilization is a great thing that can help boost the health of the trees, especially after they have been pruned. Additionally, fall fertilization it is a great added up sell for almost every pruning job!