When you are choosing tree climbing supplies, you have a huge array of different options. The proper climbing supplies will depend on how high you want to climb, on what type of climbing experience you have, and on whether you intend to climb as an occasional hobbyist, a regular climber or as part of your profession. No matter what your goal is, however, it is essential to remember that the purpose of the tree climbing supplies you choose is to keep you safe. This means you need to invest in all tools necessary to get you safely to the top, down again and you need to make sure that those tools are well-made and good quality tree climbing tools.
Types of Tree Climbing Supplies
Climbing rope, climbing saddles and a throw line or throw weights are among the most basic and essential of climbing supplies. Climbing rope can be used to help you to get to higher branches and can help you to ensure you don’t tumble down as you climb. Throw lines and throw weights are used to help ensure you can direct the line where you need it to go and that it will go over the branch securely.
When you choose climbing rope, you want to pay attention to how durable and strong it is. Pay attention to the material it is made from- is it a high quality polypropylene polyester, or some other synthetic material. The strength and material of throw lines is also an important factor. In addition, making sure these tree climbing supplies are snag free can help make them easier to use and- by extension- safer to use.
Beyond climbing rope and throw lines, there are many other categories of tree climbing supplies to consider as well. For instance, you may be interested in purchasing spikes or spurs for tree removal. These help you to get to the top by allowing your feet to have a better and firmer grip on the trunk of the tree and its branches. Avoiding slipping and getting a good grip is essential to being able to make it successfully up the tree. Ascenders and descenders can also be used as part of this effort to ensure a successful climb to the top as well.
Climbing saddles come in a wide variety of styles, functionality and prices. First, you must select one that fits securely, yet is comfortable to climb and work in. The material the saddle is made from not only dictates weight, but also how much gear can be “hung” from it. Lightweight recreational saddles are not for tree work. Gear loops, central tie in points, lanyard attachments are necessary for tree work, but do add weight. Add-on shoulder straps (suspenders) will help keep your climbing up on your hips, but are not for life support. Full body harnesses with integrated) shoulder straps should be used for fall protection if working out of a bucket.
As with any tree climbing equipment, frequent inspections ensure your safety. Before each climb, inspect all stress points for wear; climbing ropes, saddle buckles, snaps, straps, and bridges. Cuts, frays, abrasions and other wear factors should be noted – retire equipment or take out of service if necessary.