Bowline: The King of Knots

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 11/20/2017

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! 


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Add the V Rig Technique to Your Bag of Tricks

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 11/16/2017

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.

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Fall Fertilization

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 11/10/2017

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!

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TCIA Blog

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 11/3/2017

How many of you went to the TCIA Expo in Columbus Ohio in November? We have been going to the Expo for the past six years and it is always a blast to see our old friends and to meet new ones! Over the years we have met climbers and business owners from around the world that have flocked to the TCIA Expo for knowledge and networking. We love our tree family and want to continue to see it grow.

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Utilizing Throw Line Cubes for Throw Line Management

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 10/23/2017

For many years, climbers have used many different ways to manage their throw line while on the job. Wrapping up the throw line around a stick, perhaps a reel that can wind the string, shoving it into a soda bottle, or even jamming it into a tiny chalk bag used for rock climbing? All of these methods have worked for a long time, they haven’t worked especially well, but they worked! Be honest. How many of you considered putting your throw line into a throw line cube?

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Boots that are Designed with a Climber in Mind

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 10/16/2017

There are so many different types of boots on the market that it can become pretty difficult to pick which pair are going to work for the type of climbing you are doing. For many years, climbers felt the need to wear logger style boots because they were doing work that was related to loggers. Though this is still the case – we are doing work that is “related” to logging – we aren’t logging! So I ask the question: why are we wearing boots with big clunky heels to ascend and climb trees? We should be wearing boots that are designed with a climber in mind.


Taken directly from The Spine Health Institute website, “your body will attempt to compensate for the off-kilter balance heels cause by flexing or forward bending the hips and spine. In order to maintain balance, the calf, hip, and back muscles become tense. At the end of the day, this makes for excess muscle fatigue and strain. Over time, wearing high heels can also cause the calf muscles to cramp and bulge.”


Do you ever feel any of these pains at the end of your work day? Maybe you assumed it was because you worked hard all day long and your muscles were sore because of all that hard work? We all know what happens when we assume, right?

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A Cool and Easy Rigging technique for Getting Wood on the Ground

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 10/9/2017 to Climbing News
A Cool and Easy Rigging technique for Getting Wood on the Ground

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!

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TreeJam Camp

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 9/28/2017 to Climbing News
TreeJam Camp

Technically, yes, Tree Jam Camp is a climbing competition. However, at its core it’s a summer getaway weekend; a time and space for men and women in the tree climbing industry to gather with their families and hold a huge tree community family reunion. It’s an event where sharing skills and knowledge are encouraged and swapping tree stories are the norm. It’s a space where you’re around like-minded people who have the same excitement and passion for trees, the industry, and the community as do you. It’s a yearly pilgrimage for those in the industry and the 2017 event was one for the ages.

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Crane Removals are a Great Way to Get a Tree on the Ground

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 9/15/2017

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.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Friction Savers

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 9/4/2017 to Tree Climbing Gear
Advantages and Disadvantages of Friction Savers

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. 

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Utilizing Span Rigging to Create Rigging Points

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 8/25/2017
Utilizing Span Rigging to Create Rigging Points
Many times when rigging down limbs and logs, we as climbers can get into situations where we wished we had a rigging point where one doesn’t exist – a climber’s limbo. Personally, I’ve had many instances when I wished I had a rigging point where one doesn’t exist to aid me in getting material into the only open area around, or so branches wouldn’t have to swing near me in tight quarters. One rigging technique I’ve found that has worked very well for this situation is Span Rigging. Span Rigging consist of using the tree you are in and another tree to create a rigging point, as well as a slight mechanical advantage for lifting or moving brush. 

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The Rope Runner Will Have You Singing from the Treetops

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 8/4/2017
The Rope Runner Will Have You Singing from the Treetops

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. 

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Further Evolutions in the Tree Climbing Industry

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 7/28/2017 to Tree Climbing Gear

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.


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Tree Climbing in the 21st Century

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 7/24/2017 to Tree Climbing Gear
Tree Climbing in the 21st Century

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!

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The Emerald Ash Borer: A Nasty Little Bug

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 7/9/2017 to Tree Climbing Gear
The Emerald Ash Borer: A Nasty Little Bug

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. 

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