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Tree climbing training, ie.. rigging, traversing, rope work.

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Lite4, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,112

    Can anyone recomend a good training manual or video series they have used to learn tree climbing and rigging? I want to be able to do high tree work with ropes and rigging where ladders can't go and I can place my lights high in the upper canopies. I know Ned has done some of this. Looking for suggestions and input.

    Thanks guys,
  2. Mark B

    Mark B LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    I would look at some of the trees supply places. There is one that is close by called sherriel (not sure about the spelling) Brandon might know of the company I am talking about. But they sell the tree spikes, ropes, saws, all that stuff.

    I like the idea of being able to do that as well.
  3. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
    from usa
    Posts: 1,943


    I did some research on this last year. Technical tree-climbing is now a sport, like climbing, and there are places you can go for classes, materials, etc. Sleepy is right, google arborist supplies for the gear & some basic books.

    Also, James has done some of this, too.

    I know there are classes in GA, not sure how far you would have to travel. This would be fun as a recreation, too. They even make hammocks you can sleep in, etc.
  4. The Lighting Geek

    The Lighting Geek LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 875

    Tim, check out New Tribe online. I bought my pro gear saddle, carabiners, rope, etc from them. They have an excellent video about beginning rope work and climbing. There is also some info for recreational climbing which is different from the requirements you must adhere to for safety. Call me if you want more info!
  5. Mark B

    Mark B LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    Hey Tommy, how hard was it for to learn how to do that? Did you watch the video then go out and do it? I guess what I am asking what kind of learning curve did you have?
  6. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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  7. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,102

    Tim. I would be contacting your local "Green Association" or arborist supply house and getting signed up for a training program before you buy anything! There is a lot to learn about technique and rigging (static line, dynamic line, fall arrest, rigging, etc etc) before you venture forth with spending money. The equipment needed is not cheap and will depend a lot on the type of work, heights, etc that you want to do.

  8. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,112

    Great info thanks, I will check out the ones you suggested. My biggest fear is being 40' up hanging from a limb and having a knot slip loose because I didn't tie it the right way or my rigging was done wrong. It pays to be trained the right way when you life is literally hanging by a strand!
  9. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
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  10. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,645

    be careful, and be honest with your insurance carrier on tree work. The workmans comp rates I heard on tree work is outrageous. anything over 8 foot is high, over 40 foot is insanely expensive. guess which profession has some of the highest injury, death ? tree guys. If my client needs a light higher than a ladder will reach, then they need another light guy.

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