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  • Utilizing Span Rigging to Create Rigging Points
    August 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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  • July 28, 2017

    Further Evolutions in the Tree Climbing Industry

    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
    July 24, 2017

    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
    July 9, 2017

    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
    June 26, 2017

    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
    June 19, 2017

    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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  • June 12, 2017

    Come to Tree-Jam-Camp

    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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  • June 5, 2017

    Carabiner: A Climber's Best Friend

    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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  • May 27, 2017

    CA Trip

    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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