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Sat, Oct 12

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The Treeist Training Facility

Tree Climbing Spurs: When to use them, How to use them & Best practices for work positioning

Tree Climbing Spurs (also called spikes, hooks, climbers and other names) are useful in tree removal and spar work. We'll cover when it is appropriate to use spurs, how to use them effectively, how to improve your work positioning on a spar & how to navigate climbing trees (spars) with funky shapes.

Tree Climbing Spurs: When to use them, How to use them & Best practices for work positioning
Tree Climbing Spurs: When to use them, How to use them & Best practices for work positioning

Time & Location

Oct 12, 2024, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Treeist Training Facility , 607 NC-54 West, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

About the event

This class is perfect for someone who is new to climbing trees & folks who've either attended our previous climbing classes OR have been climbing on their own for a bit. 

Tree Climbing Spurs (also called spikes, hooks, climbers and other names) are useful in tree removal and spar work. 

Class Structure: 

- We will give everybody an opportunity to safely climb trees using spurs 

- We will be climbing trees that have recently died, have been previously slated for removal or have been previously used for spur climbing training

- We will NOT be climbing happy healthy trees as the use of tree climbing spurs can cause tree decline and should only be used as a work positioning aid for tree removals NOT for pruning live trees. 

We will learn: 

- When it is appropriate to use spurs

- How to safely climb with spurs

- How to use them effectively

- How to improve your work positioning on a spar using spurs

- How to navigate climbing trees (spars) with funky shapes using spurs

- How to set life support climbing lines before you climb with spurs (spur climbing with tie in point ABOVE you)

- How to bring your life support climbing lines with you as you climb with spurs (spur climbing with tie in point WITH you) 

- What happens when you slip, gaff-out, spur-out, etc. 

- How to avoid common work positioning mistakes 

What to Bring & Wear:

- Water & Snacks that you may need for the duration of the class

- Closed toe shoes (ideally a hiking-type shoe that covers your ankle) 

- Clothing that can move with you (fitness, yoga, hiking, workout, etc.)

Age & Ability Range:

- Classes are designed for ages 15 and up

- Folks younger than 15 can attend the class with an adult that will help the child follow along in the class (not a "drop off" class for kiddos)

- Tree climbing tends to work different muscles than other activities (good thing!)

- You'll likely have success in the class if you're able to get up from a seated position on the floor with 1 hand or less & can walk up a small flight of stairs with little to moderate fatigue

Have a question about a class? send an email to david@thetreeist.com

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