Roperunner runs away

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Roperunner is nice to climb on, smooth and easy to transform between double and single line climbing. But. It’s not that safe. Later in this tree, I did a bit of decent. When I reached the branch in mind the runner kept descending after I released it. Not nice. So the runner squeezes the rope quite flat. It did the same on my old rope, Kernmaster,  but it seems that the Samson Velocity can be even more squashed until it just keeps slipping through.

I adjusted the runner a bit, and it worked fine after that, but it feels a bit sketchy.

SM Swedish comp 2017

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This year seven super skilled women climbers competed and it was very inspiring. When you compete yourself you don’t get to see what everyone else does and I wish I could have seen more of their performance. I was very proud to be third in rescue and throwline.

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Another fun thing with comps is to see all the new cool tools the climbers bring. I am on the lookout for a solution to get an entrance line installed together with my climbing line in one rope installation. (So one throwline, pull up both climbing and entrance line in the top and be ready to get rescued and working in the same moment.) As SRT work climb goes, you often start at the bottom branches, meaning that you don’t want to waste time going to the top first. ARTs twinline ropeguide might be interesting.

Big birch

 

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Wight reduction of bigger Limbs. Thanks Stefan for the pictures.

One day after work I got a video sent to me from one of the clients, Stefan. Very nice and fun to see, especially with the music. Watch it here!

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Today’s puzzle – how many arborists can you find in the picture?

Wet snow

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When the wet snow are blistering your face and you slip around on the snow covering branches, you sometimes ask yourself what the hell you are doing there.

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But when you have done a tricky climb, in a sideways growing oak, hanging over a road, it feels pretty good. This was a fun climb. One has to think a bit to reach and reduce the ends of this kind of tree. Singel line climbing is great for this.

Big handsaw

 

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The smaller saw is a common sübat.

 

The company I work for wants to go more environmentally friendly and use less chainsaws and fuel. A part of this is to try electric saws and now, bigger handsaws.

I like the idea so I volunteered to try this one. It’s fine to cut quite big branches but the vibrations you get is pretty bad. Maybe some tape on the handle would help, or some kind of pad between handle and blade.

But sure nicer to carry around the tree than bulky chainsaw.

Lowering a suspended tree

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This dead spruce had been caught on its bracing, connected to a nearby pine. The top was resting on a tiny oak. The client wished to keep the dead spruce in one piece on the ground as a beautiful nature installation.

Luckily, there was a bigger aspen (poplar) close to the spruce. I climbed up and put the rigging line around the spruce stem, and a pulley in the aspen. At the bottom of the aspen, my colleague could now winch the spruce up, realising some tension from the bracing line (black in the picture) and from the little oak.

 

When the spruce was held safely by our rigging line we could remove the oak from the top and then fell the stem.

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Then the stem could be lowered, nice and slowly.

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Cutting the old bracing out of the pine and we are done!

Winter is here

 

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Thanks Joe for the picture.

 

A tricky fell a beautiful day. Woodshed and Laburnum surrounding the base of the tree, and further out the branches where over the roof.

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Later on, we zip lined the last logs over the Laburnum.

 

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Some days this winter.

 

Norfolk pine

This tree is very different from anything growing in Sweden. Possibly related to the Chilian Monkey Puzzle.

The wood is extremely brittle and the sap thick as glue.

When the top came out on this fell, it just disintegrated on the concrete driveway.

Treeverse and backside of nice view

 

 

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Just a nice climb, five tree long “treeverse”. Only native tres, Ngaio and Pohutukawa.

 

 

This is my most common way of doing redirect. Quick to set up and strangles the rope, making it static towards the most recent anchor point.  Static redirects together with some slack in the line make sure that the branches aren’t pulled against each other sideways.  

 

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This view. I think I have hundreds of pictures capturing “ocean and hills from treetop”.

 

Backside of a nice view

When you go far away and just stay a little while, how big are your rights to interfere with the soroundings there? Do we ever have the right to interfere with nature just to please our astetic minds? A lot of the clients on Wellington hills just want the limbs removed so they can see the sea.

 

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A bad prune. We need to talk abot this – all arborists. We know better, still, this happens.

 

The Armillaria – Honey fungus is world wide

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If you go as far as you possibly can, it’s a bit surprising to find this old friend, the Armillaria. I don’t know if it’s been brought here with the Europeans 300 years ago. Or if they just spread like this naturally.

Fun facts

It’s easier for Armillaria to live off dead wood. A less clean garden gives fewer problems with root decay. Leave those sticks on the ground!