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.

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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.

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.

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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

 

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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).

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

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Guess which the wind-side is.

 

 

 

 

Kauri trees

 

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The umbrella in the foreground gives you a hint about the size of this tree.

 

1000 years ago New Zealand was populated by the Maori people, which origins in Polynesia. They were strongly connected to the trees, both through religious beliefs and practical needs. Medicines, foods and tools came from the trees. Therefore, does all the native New Zealand trees have a Maori name.

 

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Not highest (32 meters) but fattest, 16 meters circuit. Just as with our old oaks, the crown seems to reform itself.

In the forest of Northland, the giant Kauri trees grow. When facing a trunk that’s more than 16 meters circuit it’s understandable that people see it like the Maoris – as a god.