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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What Every Production Climber Should Have in Their Gear Bag

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 6/26/2017 to Tree Climbing Gear
What Every Production Climber Should Have in Their Gear Bag

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.

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Summer Safety Tips for Tree Climbers

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 6/19/2017 to Tree Climbing Safety
Summer Safety Tips for Tree Climbers

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.

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Come to Tree-Jam-Camp

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 6/12/2017 to Tree Climbing Gear

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!

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Carabiner: A Climber's Best Friend

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 6/5/2017 to Tree Climbing Gear

Carabiner History

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.

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CA Trip

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 5/27/2017 to Climbing News

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!

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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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