Tree climbing techniques is an art that is achieved over the years of practice. All the trees are of different architectural structures. As a climber, this is challenging as well as adventurous. Just like any other sport or activity this also requires proper technique and guidelines. The range of equipment has increased over the years. However, the traditional approach is still practiced and has low risk too if done with proper guidelines. Climbing trees without any equipment is another level of fun and excitement. The entire no equipment tree climbing techniques can be compiled into two basic techniques.
Double Rope Tree Climbing Techniques
Other than the modern gears available for climbing, the double rope technique is widely used as a training method. This technique is simple and safe. Hence it makes it more preferable to beginner climbers. It is usually used to climb trees that grow up to 100 feet in height. These trees include oaks, maples, pines, and the likes.
The process begins with a long rope doubled in a way to pass through the crotch (junction of two branches). Make sure that both the ends of your rope fall parallel to the ground without any branch hindering in between. Now, both the ropes descending from sides of the branch are given knots at regular points. These knots help the climbers to ascend and descend. When the climber pauses during the climb, Blake’s knot helps them to stay locked in one position. This is of great help when you want to take a break to enjoy the view. Stopping in mid-air is a different kind of thrill which comes with safety while using a double rope technique.
Single Rope Climbing Techniques
A single rope technique which is now also called static rope technique (SRT) is known for climbing taller trees. Trees like spruce, first and species with a height taller than 300 feet can be accomplished using this technique. The climber throws one end of the rope on the crotch of the tree branch. The other end is left loose to reach the ground. The climber uses this end to climb the tree using an attached mechanical device. You can attach an ascending-descending device to the rope and the climber can literally walk on the tree. Thus, this method eases the strain on climber’s legs but also uses some equipment to balance the challenge. You also need to focus on the clothing that you must wear.
Safety Should Always Be The Priority
Remember that climbing a tree requires a lot of patience and alertness. You can not compromise these even if you are using the best climbing gear. Although the methods mentioned above are pretty safe, small precautions are always advisable. Never be without rope protection when hanging aloof. Also, never try to climb the tree with leg spikes and avoid pruned branches.
Tree climbing techniques are as challenging as any other climbing method. But with proper protection and training, this can be done with a lot of fun. Knowing the tree and your equipment is very helpful.