Tree Climbing Rigging

For more athletic individuals, it may be very easy to climb up a tall tree with their bare limbs. This is not the case with everyone. So, what should one do if he is not athletic and does not have the courage to conquer the tree all by his own? A decade ago, it would have been difficult to answer this question. However, in the modern day still very few people know about tree rigging. It is a new term introduced into the tree world.

Tree rigging is the process of mounting up equipment and gear on the tree to make it easy for anyone to climb up a tree. Not only this, it means to perform some maintenance tasks such as lowering already cut heavy tree branches loaded on some ones shoulder. The gear is almost similar to the equipment used by mountain or rock climbers and the term rigging came from the mast system of a sailing ship. The pulleys and ropes used are similar to the ones in the mast system of a ship.

It is important to know that there are a number of methods for rigging a tree but mainly three types of riggings are very popular. Single rope rigging is the most simplest of riggings with a strong nylon rope wrapped and tied around a very thick and strong branch of the tree. The climber can then use mountain climbing harnesses that have the feature of using a metal belay which the climber uses to tighten the rope with. As the rope gets tighter, the climber moves up higher on the tree. The belay prevents the rope from losing grip and unspooling. The climber can use a lever to unspool the rope and lower himself down from the tree.

Another kind of rigging is the drift line rigging. This is quite a complex type of rigging but once done it even provides the climbers with the facility of walking over a rope tied between two trees just like a bridge. It is usually done by tying two very strong and durable ropes between two trees that are a few meters apart. The ropes are tied to the trunks and branches of the two trees very securely. The climber wears a safety harness belt hooked to the upper rope and tries to walk on the lower rope.

The pulley system rigging is most useful in raising or lowering materials and tools. It simply employs a pulley fixed on a top branch of the tree. Then a nylon rope is passed through pulley with both ends reaching the ground. The rope is pulled from one end to raise the materials or a climber attached to the other end of the rope.

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