Tree Worker Program Daily View

Here's what you can expect each day of the Tree Worker Program.

  • DAY 1: Traditional Climbing System using the Blake’s Hitch (“Closed system”)

    (Download the full pdfTree Worker Program outline for details.)

    Throw line use: Entry (5) and canopy (3) throws

    Rope placement: Includes placing the rope over a branch, cambium saver installation, and knot tying

    Preparing to climb: Includes warm ups, saddle set-up, gear check, clipping in and B.A.C.K. check

    Climbing demonstration of double rope end climbing (DREC) and setting pitches

    Foot work techniques (4)

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    Treeman In Clubhouse

    Treeman opens class in the TCI Clubhouse.

    Teaching Trees

    Yes, you will learn to climb in these trees!

    Warm Ups

    Warm ups! It's a good idea to loosen your muscles before climbing.

    Knot Tying

    Learning how to tie the knots for the traditional climbing system.

     

    Throwline

    Throwline practice in an open field.

  • DAY 2:  Application of Climbing Technique

    (Download the full pdfTree Worker Program outline for details.)

    On day 2, students practice what they learned on day 1.

    PLUS:

    Advanced anchor point isolation using the “Yella” grapnel hook

    Monkey fist

    Climbing practice: Double rope end climbing (DREC)

    Tree inspection using the the Four Zone Assessment Method

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    Monkey Fist

    Making a monkey fist for getting your rope into a tree.

     

    Tree Workers Monkey Fist

    Monkey fist is an easy way to set up an anchor point.

     

    Second Pitch Tw

    Setting up a second anchor with the other end of the rope.

     

    Rope Management

    Rope management is important!

     

    Yella Grapnel Practice

    Setting up a traverse using a yella grapnel.

     

    Sideway Movement

    Traversing to another side of the tree using both ends of the rope.

    Climbing Practice

    Taking a climbing break.

    DREC

    Practicing double rope end climbing (DREC) using both ends of the rope.

     

    Down Pitch

    Learning how to do a down pitch using both ends of the rope.

     

  • DAY 3:  Advanced Climbing Techniques

    (Download the full pdfTree Worker Program outline for details.)

    Lanyard use for positioning and life support

    Hitch-pulley climbing system

    Movement in a tree

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    Carport Branch Walking Practice

    Practicing branch walking in the Clubhouse carport:"Start low, then grow."

    Climbing System

    Students learn to put together both these systems for climbing.

     

    Learning Lanyard Set Up

    Learning how to set up a lanyard in the Clubhouse carport.

     

    Preparing Redirect

    Preparing a redirect.

    Redirect with Pinto Pulley Lanyard

    Getting around a branch using a pinto pulley lanyard.

    High Climb

    Climbing with a rope walker system.

  • DAY 4:  Application of Climbing Techniques

    On day 4, students practice what they learned on day 3.

    (Download the full pdfTree Worker Program outline for details.)

    Advanced line setting with the Big Shot and APTA

    Hitch pulley climbing practice

    Branch walking practice

    Double-crotch climbing technique

    Lanyard practice

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    Big Shot Practice

    Practice with a Big Shot.

     

    Preparing Line Gun

    Powering up the APTA (air powered tree access) tool.

     

    Air Gun Practice

    Getting a feel for an APTA (air powered tree access).

    Concentrating

    Preparing for a traverse in "Double-up."

    Tree Traverse

    Travelling from one tree to another using double rope end climbing (DREC).

     

    Double End Lanyard Practice

    Branch walking with a double-ended lanyard provides safety and balance.

    Branch Walking

    Practicing branch walking techniques learned on the ground.

     

  • DAY 5:  Rigging

    Day 5 is dedicated to rigging techniques and related information. Download the full pdfTree Worker Program outline for details. There will also be  a short discussion about leg spikes and other gear.

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    Learning Running Bowline

    Learning the running bowline knot for tying off branches.

     

    Setting Up Portawrap

    Setting up a Portawrap.

     

    Rigging Call And Response

    The rope handler is telling the climber he's ready for the climber to cut the branch.

     

    Practicing Portawrap

    Practicing lowering a load (Treeman, in background) using the Portawrap.

     

    Learning to set up a "negative rigging" system.

     

    Fiddle Block Set Up

    Setting up a fiddle block for raising loads.