How does an arborist climb a tree?

A tree climber sits in the harness throughout the session, so professionals wear comfortable models with wide straps and substantial padding. The typical lightweight and spare rock harness would quickly cut off the circulation of an arborist's legs and become very uncomfortable. A rope, helmet and harness can be used to increase the safety of the climber. Other equipment may also be used depending on the experience and skill of the tree climber.

Some tree climbers carry special hammocks called Treeboats and Portaledges to the treetops where they can enjoy a picnic or a nap, or spend the night. If you can, take a hands-on class, TCI's basic tree climbing course, or something similar, taught by a well-trained instructor. Tree climbing is a recreational or functional activity that consists of climbing and moving through the canopy of trees. Many different techniques (free climbing, self-locking climbing with a double rope technique, single rope technique and guide climbing) are used to climb trees depending on the style, purpose and individual preferences of the climber.

One drawback is that it does not necessarily involve climbing directly to the tree itself, since the vast majority of the time spent climbing is climbing the rope, and not the tree itself. If an anchor is created, other climbers can climb the tree on the belay without having to lead. It's also important to note that you can climb trees in almost any weather, even if it rains or snows. This can be a complicated process, but it's also where most of the challenge of climbing trees comes from.

One end of the rope is fastened to the climber's saddle (harness), from there the rope passes around the tree and returns to a friction hitch, which is also attached to the climber. The right shoes will have footprints so that your feet do not slip while you walk along trunks or branches; they should also have a good grip, since you are going to climb all over the tree. Tree climbers need a special type of footwear that can be worn both on the ground and when they are in trees. Of course, tree-free climbing has been practiced throughout the history of the human race, and it is much more common than using any kind of technological aid.

There are some arborist harnesses on the market that now come with lower D-rings, as well as traditional side D-rings. This system can be placed on the tree from the ground, or the climber can advance the rope up the tree during the climb. The climber employs lead climbing where protection points are formed by encircling the branches of the tree with slings. Professional arborists have been climbing trees since the late 19th century in the UK and North America.