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Five best Tree climbing tips for beginners:

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We often remember tree climbing as a childhood activity. Children climbed trees to pick fruits and see birds’ nests. Tree climbing, however, is now seen as a recreational and functional sport just like rock climbing, wall climbing or caving. Different types of trees are used for climbing with each tree having its own unique form. It can be fairly risky for beginners or inexperienced climbers to climb up a tree. For example, if the tree you chose to climb is heighted then the chances of falling are multifold, if the tree has a soft bark then you may face difficulty in establishing a firm grip. Here, we have compiled the 5 best tree climbing tips for beginners:

  1. Gear up yourself: The right equipment can keep you safe. Before purchasing, you must decide your personal preferences and spend time in deciding what suits you the best. With the best tree climbing gear you will be able to get over your all your first time fears. Your time and energy will be worth the experience. Some essential gear include;
  • Throwline
  • Helmet
  • Rope
  • Harness
  • Carabiner
  • Gloves
  1. Look for a safe branch: Select a proper tree and a branch where you should throw your rope. Do not go for a branch that is too thin (less than 7 inches in diameter), because chances are high that it will not bear your weight and break. The bigger the branch is in diameter, the safer it is. Things to consider:
  • Never go for a tree that is dying or old.
  • The tree should be away from hazards such as animals, water bodies or power lines.
  • If you are climbing in a group, then make sure that the tree you choose is big enough for your group.
  • Also, be sure that it’s not a private property or restricted area. Climbing should be generally allowed in the area.

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  1. Examine the tree:Examine the tree carefully. The following four zones should be examined:
  • From the wide angle: Examine the tree from a far distance and take note of any unstable or leaning branches.
  • From the ground: The ground is the area where you put your feet. The ground should not have decayed roots or too many knots.
  • From the trunk: If the tree has two or three trunks, examine where they branch away from each other. Do not select a weak area.
  • From the crown: There should not be any dead branches at the top of the tree. A tree with many dead branches at the crown should not be selected.

  1. Set up your ropes: The beginners should use the double rope technique. This technique works best on poplars, pines, oaks and maples. To set up the rope; throw the throwline to the selected branch, place the branch protector and tie your rope. Lastly, secure both sides of your rope with a series of knots.
  2. Add a foot assist: You should have wear proper tree climbing shoes. If you happen to have a weak core or low body strength, then add a foot assist (Prusik cord). People with strong core, will not require a foot assist.

Now, you are all ready to climb up. Climb to your branch and use occasional foot support. If you feel tired in the midway, rest your feet on the trunk.

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