Treeverse and backside of nice view




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.  



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.



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



The Armillaria – Honey fungus is world wide


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!

Slippery but fun



Found my top anchor that makes SRT efficient and safe (Thanks Boel!). Old posts about pinto pulley top anchor to be found here.

Everyone loves to climb a gum tree (also known as Eucalyptus). They origins from Australia (where thousands of varies are growing, only hundreds has escaped the borders).




Rainy day in a no-friction tree. Too easy is not fun anyway.


Extremely slippery when wet. Fagus sylvatica is nothing compared to this lack of friction. A dry day it’s heaven, big soft forks everywhere, spreaded crown to swing around in.

It’s also quite nice wood to work with. As in this fell over a solar panel.

Fun facts

How windy is Wellington really? Well windy enough to blister off the buds on the wind side, making it hard to give the tree an even thin. Also you always have to keep the strong winds in mind when you prune, a lonly branch easily breaks.



Guess which the wind-side is.





Threat of Pinus Radiata

These huge pines were growing close to a road in Wellington. During one week we were closing the road of to reduce the weights on the big limbs.

Since the growth season is longer than in Sweden tree trunks quickly grow wide. Even 15 – 20 meters up the stem is quite thick. Windy days, which is most days in this city, located on the very south tip of the north island, it feels like clinging to a sailing boat mace. Big hills rapture the wind streams and capture the clouds giving the rainy and windy climate.

Pinus Radiata, that origins from California, was planted at New Zealand for the timber. The wide, tall trunks are ideal for forestry. But sadly no one thought of planting sterile trees. The lack of natural enemies made it easy for the fast growing species to spread. Pinus Radiata is now threatening the native forest and trees. (The native forest has already been cut back to give room for browsing mammals as sheeps, cows and deers, brought here by Europeans.)


The cones are attached hard to the stem, almost like a branch. They are eating throwline.

Up in this pine, I saw a Kaka, this native bird, looking like a brown parrot has been reestablished and seem to be well off. Some complaints that it eats the bark of non-native trees has been heard.



It’s left to see where this copy paste experiment we do with the ecology is going.