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Mentoring New Climbers

People always ask me, “Why did you want to become a climber?” While there is really no easy answer to that question, I guess I can just say that I have always had a fascination with heights and how to get up something. Unfortunately, while growing up and getting into tree climbing, I never had […]

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Climbing and Rigging Critical-Risk Ash Trees

Trees killed by emerald ash borer (EAB) can be dangerous to climb and rig. In this article, we’ll look at felling, climbing and rigging critical-risk trees killed by EAB. A quick EAB refresher Emerald ash borer was first discovered in the United States in southeastern Michigan in 2002, but experts think it probably was introduced […]

Letters, Emails, & Voicemail July 2022

Glasses were ANSI-approved eye protection Loved the June (2022) TCI Mag climbing issue. Lots of great info in all the articles! One of the things I noticed in my article (“My SRT/SRS (R)Evolution!”) was that you mentioned I had not lowered my ANSI Z87-approved visor because I was inspecting my climbing system. Actually, the glasses […]

Transporting Wood Using Cross-Referenced Rigging Techniques

Sometimes you arrive at a potential job site where you know the client wants all the wood removed, and you ask yourself, “How are we going to be able to make this work?” Occasionally, my company gets work for a logging and site-excavation company that does not have climbers on staff and needs unique tree […]

My SRT/SRS (R)Evolution!

Wow! Authoring an article about single rope technique (SRT) – where to begin? I guess the first thing would be to explain the reason behind the title, then describe some of the many fabulous developments I have had the privilege to see and be involved in. First, I want to say a few things about […]

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