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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