Unsafe Climbing Practices: A Hard Habit to Break

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/27/2018 to Tree Climbing Safety
Unsafe Climbing Practices: A Hard Habit to Break

One of the most interesting things about tree work is the way that we all tend to learn the trade. We learn from those around us, and in many companies this is all the training we get. A great term I heard in the past is that we are all “Work Isolated,” meaning that we might all essentially be doing the same thing, but we may be doing it completely different because we never really see the way that other companies are doing it. This was very true before the rise of the Internet and social media such as Facebook and Instagram. Now we have the ability to see what someone else is doing on the other side of the globe in a matter of minutes! So let me tell you a story from my past from right about the time that the tree industry was discovering Facebook!


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A Solidur Pair of Chainsaw Pants

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/27/2018 to Tree Climbing Gear
A Solidur Pair of Chainsaw Pants

Several years ago I remember looking through an arborist supply catalog while sitting in the bucket truck at lunch. In it I saw an ad for a pair of chainsaw pants that cost $300 and my mind was blown! “Who in the hell would pay $300 for a pair of pants?” was all I could muster under my breath. The guys sitting next to me felt the same way! That was crazy! Our blue jeans cost a fraction of that and I could buy 10, heck 15 pair for the price of this one pair of pants! But, I must say, the thought of having a pair of chainsaw pants had planted a small seed inside of my head, even if I was bewildered about how I could afford a pair!


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Remove Limbs Easier with the Rigging Wrench

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/27/2018 to Tree Climbing Gear
Remove Limbs Easier with the Rigging Wrench

Have you ever been up in a tree and needed to lift some limbs, maybe to clear a roof or overhand, but also needed to immediately have some sort of friction on the rope because the pieces were too heavy for your ground guy to hold them? Many times when I was doing line clearance, we would find ourselves in these situations where we were lifting limbs off of or over power lines, but also needed at immediate friction to help us lower the limbs. We tried to have someone lifting while the other was taking up slack with the Port a Wrap, but that never really kept all the slack out of the system, and if the piece came off too early, there were way too many hands near the Port a Wrap to let something run at the correct time. So, as always, Kevin Bingham, who invented the Rope Wrench and Rope Runner, came up with a super cool use for the already popular Rope Wrench: the Rigging Wrench!


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Learning from Mark Chisholm

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/27/2018 to Tree Climbing Safety

STIHL Chainsaws and Mark Chisholm made this awesome video demonstrating the forces that are generated when climbing SRT on a series of different anchor points. This is such an interesting topic to discuss, seeing as we have already presented part of this to you in previous blogs discussing “Forces in Rigging” quite a while ago. So let’s discuss a little bit of what’s being covered in the video to help you choose the best tie-in method while climbing SRT!


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Injecting Trees: Micro vs. Macro Injections

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/2/2018 to Tree Climbing Gear

The spring season is upon us and the trees are ready to start leafing out and uptaking all kinds of nutrients from their environment. This big uptake will help them push out new growth and put on some new growth rings as well. With the growth spurt comes the threat of pests and diseases that love munching on that supple new growth and possibly infecting the leaves and needles of your clients’ trees! So, what is your plan for helping them care for their trees this coming season?


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Swivels Keep You from Getting Twisted Up

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/2/2018 to Tree Climbing Safety
Swivels Keep You from Getting Twisted Up

Have you ever been out on a limb with your climb line attached to the ring on your bridge while also trying to use your lanyard as a second tie-in, but as you lean way out there you notice your rope and lanyard are turning your bridge all around in a circle? This is a headache that can easily cause you frustration, but also, in a rescue scenario, cause the rescue to take far longer than it should because of an avoidable misconfiguration of gear. There is, however, a really easy way to fix this little dilemma: a swivel!


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Foot Ascenders Help Climbers Cruise Up Ropes with Ease

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/2/2018 to Tree Climbing Gear

What is your favorite foot ascender? What really stands out to you about it? Do you like the fact that it’s super lightweight? Maybe you like its ability to lock onto your rope? Perhaps even its ability to not lock? Foot ascenders are super useful and in our industry, there are actually quite a few options for these awesome little camming units that help us cruise right up our ropes!


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How to Become More Efficient at Tree Removals

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/2/2018 to Climbing News

On a recent Facebook post, we asked, “what you recommended to someone that wanted to get faster at doing removals?” An overwhelming response was that you don’t need to be faster, you need to be safe. That’s a great point and obviously the best answer for the given scenario, but when we asked, we were assuming that the theoretical climber was, indeed, safe. So, with that being said, let’s look at some ways that a climber can reduce the time that they are in the tree by making them more efficient at tree removals.


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