07 Sep 2017

Frequent Flier Climber? Here’s How to Pack Tree Climber Gear.

How do you fly the friendly skies with your tree climbing gear? What are you allowed to bring onboard? On a mission to work in the urban forests of Seattle, I asked myself these questions as I packed my gear bag for my flight out of San Francisco.  I expected to drive the trucks, climb some trees and do some ground work. The challenge was to pack the essentials, yet stay within the airline's baggage limits. I couldn't find any resources online on how to pack an Arborist gear bag for a flight. There were a couple of rock climbing forums that...

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07 Feb 2012

Company BBQ and Training Day: Learning about SRT

Every month, the A Plus Tree crew gets together for some good BBQ, introductions of new members, safety reminders and to learn new rope techniques. This month they learned about a Single Rope Technique (SRT). This technique allows the climber to ascend at a much more rapid pace than footlocking or body thrusting, while saving TONS of energy. To demonstrate its swiftness, we had a climber start with the conventional body thrust technique; When he was more than half way up, another climber would begin his climb using the new SRT technique. In less than 10 seconds, the climber on...

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