Joining the Tree Climbing Championship Community

Back in the late 1990s, I was a young man with a fresh degree in psychology looking for a career. I took a job dragging brush for a small tree care company, and my boss started teaching me to climb trees. In 1997, he took me to my first Midwestern Tree Climbing Championship (TCC), in […]

Skills Improve My Efficiency; Efficiency Improves My Skills

Efficiency doesn’t seem like a sexy or glamorous subject when compared to discussing the latest and greatest climbing products or machinery on the market. The new, shiny, expensive gear and the latest machinery I keep looking at in the arb magazines all play a part in improving my efficiency practices. But think about it – […]

Contract Climbers: An Untapped Training Resource

Developing skilled and productive employees can be difficult, particularly for the owners of small businesses. It requires a consistent investment of time and money, in one form or another. If you’re the owner of a tree care company – or considering starting your own – this article is for you. Most of us did not […]

Climbing Trends – Do They Live Up to the Hype?

Over the last decade, the world has benefitted from technological advances that allow for widespread access to information. The field of arboriculture is no exception; a plethora of training and safety information is available at the click of a button. Even social media has its positive influence on the industry. It has connected me with […]

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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