Qualities That Successful Tree Climbers Possess

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There are many misconceptions about what tree climbers do and how they go about their work. Here are things you probably didn’t know about tree climbers. If you didn’t know them already, they’d hopefully answer your questions about what tree climbers do. And if you did know them, be sure to pass this article along to your friends who love trees and climbing. These facts might make you appreciate tree climbers even more than you already do.


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If you want to climb a tree, you’ll need good upper-body strength. However, flexibility will help you get into some of those hard-to-reach places. So, spend some time stretching out your arms and back before you start climbing. This will keep your muscles limber when you are in tricky positions. Also, it’s important to be strong in both body and mind when coming down! Having someone spot you when descending can make all the difference in an emergency.


Training is critical to tree climbing. Training teaches you how to move up, down, and around trees safely. Without training, it is possible to hurt yourself even with years of experience. A good training program will take you from climbing your first tree to becoming a climber with an industry-recognized certification. Not only are classes free, but they are also helpful in increasing your knowledge about tree care and health so that you can continue with your career or expand into other areas within the arboriculture or horticulture field.


The natural, inherent strength of people who climb trees professionally is astounding. Arborealists are known for climbing up to 300 feet into trees. At that height, there’s no harness or safety net—just their muscle power and balance. But even at ground level, they frequently carry heavy equipment and tools on their backs.


It takes a lot of courage to climb trees. Tree climbers aren’t afraid of heights, and they don’t fear falling. One day, your life will depend on whether you were scared. It’s good to do something risky now and then if you know how to control your risk-taking behavior. There is no such thing as safety in business.


The word courage can be traced back to an Old French term, courage, which meant heart or spirited. While that English meaning remains today, we use it more often as a synonym for bravery. The courage and bravery of tree climbers are what allows them to scale tall and sturdy trees. It takes a strong heart to climb these giants! Tree climbing has been depicted as a form of bravery since ancient times – who else could conquer such obstacles?


While it’s possible to learn a lot from the school of hard knocks, climbing has traditionally been a vocation passed down from father to son. Countless factors make for a great tree climber, strength, balance, technique, among others. But if there’s one thing that stands out above all else, it’s resilience. When you get knocked off a tree, you need to know how to get back up and keep going.

Final One: Endurance

The tall pine and spruce trees that tree climbers work in can be 100 to 1,000 feet tall. That’s a lot of standing and walking on narrow platforms, and tree climbers routinely work for 10 hours or more at a time. Being able to endure that level of physical exertion is important for any professional tree climber.

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