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Creaking? 4 months 2 weeks ago #138139

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Are creaking noises bad? My daughter was on a pretty decent branch on a healthy-looking tree and I kept hearing these
creaking noises. Do new ropes creak? The branch wasn't even remotely moving under her weight. I had chosen a big branch I thought (and still think) could support us both in case I needed to rescue her.

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Creaking? 4 months 1 week ago #138140

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On a different tree, today, I don't think I heard any creaking, so I'm guessing it was the branch.
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Creaking? 2 months 3 weeks ago #138181

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Creaking is usually two tree parts rubbing. Cracking is a tree part failing ;-) When I’m preparing to climb a tree or in a tree and hear creaking I try to locate the source of the noise to determine whether or not there is a problem I need to be aware of. Rubbing limbs are fairly common and they’re like a hump-backed whale calling, the sound travels great distance and it’s difficult to isolate where it’s coming from.
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Creaking? 2 months 3 weeks ago #138182

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Speaking of which, my top two favorite sounds made by tree wood are:
2. The sound of a dead tree going over and taking out three other trees while I was tree hammock camping in the woods. Sounded like a slow motion train wreck.
1. In 5 degree f. air temperatures, the sound of booming vertical cracks occurring in beech trunks, very musical.
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Creaking? 2 months 2 weeks ago #138184

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I had a look at that tree again, and I'm pretty sure there are no branches touching. If I remember the sound would happen now and again ("pong" ....then a minute later ... "pong"). In any case, we have found a better tree that we can climb together, so I won't climb this one again.
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Creaking? 2 months 2 weeks ago #138185

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tmaclean wrote:
I had a look at that tree again, and I'm pretty sure there are no branches touching. If I remember the sound would happen now and again ("pong" ....then a minute later ... "pong"). In any case, we have found a better tree that we can climb together, so I won't climb this one again.

But but but... pong-ing isn't creaking ;-) The mystery deepens. It would be worth recording the sound if you can recreate it. I'm intrigued.
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