Tree climbing basics

tree climbing basics

Chiclet's tree climbing techniques.

Here are bits of advice you should take care before a tree climbing day:

You must know the type of weather that exists in the area. Factors like the wind, the rain and the season in which you find yourself, can make the access and the tree climbing becomes very difficult.

Remember that some sites have private properties and you would not want to get into troubles with their owners or with any wild animal that is common in the area.

It is important to review the environment and landscape in which the tree is located. For example, there must not have electrical cables, any nest or animal living in this space. In addition to the state of health in which the tree is, example if it looks sick or has rotten parts or is being eaten by termites.

Here are some details and tips to have an excellent tree climbing day:

Check it out the place, having a panoramic view of the site. It is definitely better to check the tree from afar, I recommend you approximately 500 m to take care some factors like the type of view it offers, the inclination and some kind of danger that you can not see from up close.

The type of soil is very important to the tree if you notice that the soil is very humid and the ground has a steep slope is not a good sign. You should not choose a tree with many knots in its base or that has ivy in the roots because they could be already damaged.

About the trunk, remember that the bark is very important for the tree so if you note that some parts have no bark is an indication of weakness or disease.

The treetop should be green and leafy especially at the very top because that means that the tree is healthy. Do not worry so much about the branches of the lower part because in very dense forests and in low light those branches may be almost dead.

Preparing to tree climbing.

Depending on the tree you want to climb, there are different techniques or methods. Chiclet's Zipline is composed of Chiclet trees, for this reason, we will teach a common method for this type of tree (also applies to oaks and pines); that is, trees that grow up to around 30 - 40 m.

Start launching the rope over a branch that you have selected, taking into account the tips of the previous steps. The launch can be done with a sling, arrow or crossbow and thrown end must have some weight.
Tie the static rope to the launch rope and pull the other end of the launch rope. In this way, we will be able to pass over the static rope and we will have the first point of support.

Once the end cords of the static rope have been obtained, some knots should be tied with the two ends of the rope, with a knot of blake as the main knot. Blake's knot should relax when you remove your weight from the rope and tie in place when you stop moving.

Tie a double fisherman's knot to the carabiner. If the terminology used is not understood, an experienced climber can give a very good explanation.

You must put on all the implements that you want to climb, the harness must be properly tied and adjusted to the body, and must be tied to the system with strong knots. 



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