COVID-19 Alert Level 3 UPDATE

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, February 14, 2021

Damn it. We are back to the start (almost)! And back to phone and web orders only. 

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2020 Christmas/New Year Hours

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, December 21, 2020

2020 - it's a wrap. I won't mention the words unprecedented or pivot; let's say we are looking forward to 2021.  

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Alert Level 2 for Treetools customers

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, May 17, 2020

We do not know what to expect when we open Treetools doors to everyone after 8-weeks of closure. Alert Level 2 offers greater freedom on the one hand and more restrictions on the other. 

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Alert Level 3 for Treetools customers

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Treetools can safely pick, pack and dispatch web and phone orders under the provisions of COVID-19 Alert Level 3, effective from Tuesday, 28 April 2020. The Trade Shop remains closed to all retail traffic until further notice. To alleviate embarrassment, please do not arrive on the site and ask us to open - the answer will be no. 

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Notch Pro Access, made for arborists

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, April 19, 2020

 

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Hand ascenders as a primary anchor - NO!

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, April 28, 2018


 

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Disruption to order delivery expected

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, April 14, 2018

When Treetools started in a garage ten years ago, we had no idea the business would expand to the size we are now. Even our move to the East Tamaki warehouse in 2011 has not satisfied the demand for space. 

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Improved heel-lock lacing system

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Boot manufacturers often change the location of the heel-lock on boots in the search for the optimal position. 

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Akimbo abseil, tested to the max!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, June 20, 2017

 

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The most exciting rigging product for 2017… so far!

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, June 19, 2017

 

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Notch Pro Gear Bag - a review

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, June 14, 2017

 

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Safety Test for 2016 ART Spiderjack 3

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, April 18, 2017

ART have announced a 'Safety Test' for owners of Spiderjack 3 devices produced in 2016 with a serial number beginning 25.16… 

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Big Launcher vs Big Shot - NZ Gear Test

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, April 13, 2017

 

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Shizll Easy Balancer put to the test

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, April 08, 2017

Sam Turner, Lead Climber with Waitakere Tree Services has used the new Shizll Easy Balancer since the beginning of the year. Here are Sam's thoughts:  

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Two more 'firsts' for New Zealand tree climbers

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, March 30, 2017


 

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Mark Chisholm hosts arb event in Auckland

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, March 25, 2017

 

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Can the Petzl Zillon and ART Positioner be used in single-leg mode?

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A technical question arose at the recent Wellington Regional TCC, leaving the Petzl Zillon and ART Positioner work positioning lanyards owners a little perplexed. 

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Safety recall for Rock Exotica Enforcer

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, December 17, 2016

Rock Exotica has issued a product recall for the Enforcer load cell. The swivel eye on some Enforcers may not be secure and in certain conditions might unscrew. Modifications to the device will improve the security of the swivel eye. 

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SpiderJack 3 and RopeGuide TwinLine: an update with Hubert Kowalewski

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Hubert Kowalewski, owner of Advanced Ropeclimbing Technology, or ART for short recently announced the development of the SpiderJack 3 and RopeGuide TwinLine. Unfortunately, the launch date for delivery has changed several times, causing some concern with ART enthusiasts. Hubert talked with Treetools about the delays and provided some background to the improved features of the new devices. 

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Reverse thinking: top of the tree rigging friction

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Top of the tree friction tools are relatively new to arboriculture. David Driver of X-Rigging fame introduced the concept, and Kevin Bingham further expanded the idea with the Rig'n Wrench (DMM Pinto Rig attached to a Rope Wrench used for light rigging). 

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Taranaki Open Tree Climbing Competition – fun-for-all

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, January 21, 2016

At the end of the day Michael Mortensen, a tree climber from over Bay of Plenty way, swung open the bin door and clambering onto the back of a conveniently parked truck. A loud whistle caught the attention of the climbers, gathered for the prize giving.  

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Akimbo development underway - and you can help

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, November 26, 2015

Here's the word from the Akimbo designer, Jaime Merritt: 

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Yale Prism with Ben Palmer

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, November 14, 2015

Yale Prism, designed by John Canning in Australia, is one of Treetools most popular tree climbing lines. The 24-strand, all-polyester construction keeps elongation to a minimum, making Yale Prism ideal for climbing SRT… and the 11.7mm diameter is a little easier on the hand. 

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James Kilpatrick’s SRT Ascent System OK’d by Petzl

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, November 07, 2015

As far back as 2011 James Kilpatrick experimented with a modified SRT Ascent System – read a previous blog post on the subject here

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2015 NZ National TCC video by Eyecloud Aerial

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Eyecloud drone video shot at the 2015 NZ Arb Husqvarna National TCC in Nelson.  

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DMM Carabiner Recall Procedure

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Product Recall Procedure for the return of potentially faulty carabiners to DMM Wales is now available on the DMM Professional website - see link here

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DMM Safety Warning upgraded to Product Recall

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The DMM Product Safety Warning issued 11 September 2015 is now upgraded to PRODUCT RECALL NOTICE (subject to User Inspection) as of 14 September 2015. 

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DMM Product Safety WARNING

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, September 12, 2015

DMM Wales have advised the market that some DMM locking carabiners have the potential to dysfunction.  

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treeMOTION harness set-up made easy

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, September 09, 2015

The first purchase for most tree climbers is their harness, and in many cases that harness will be the treeMOTION (New Zealand’s biggest selling arborist harness). 

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Rope Runner issues deeper than mis-configuration

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, August 10, 2015

Recently Treetools published some photographs on Facebook highlighting possible configuration issues with the Singing Tree Rope Runner.  

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2015 Waikato-BoP TCC Results available

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The full results sheet from the 2015 NZ Arb/Husqvarna Waikato-Bay of Plenty TCC is available now for download here

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Arborfilms wins the 2015 Peoples Choice

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, February 20, 2015

The Taranaki Tree Fest (Tree Climbing Film Festival) 'Peoples Choice Prize', sponsored by Treetools, is awarded to the film which generates the most enthusiasm from the audience on premier night (at the Kings Theatre in Stratford)… and there was no contest for the 2015 Peoples Choice Award - 'Tree Recon' by kiwi film makers Arborfilms won hands down. 

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Taranaki Open TCC and Film Fest this weekend

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, February 04, 2015

It's all on in Taranaki this Waitangi weekend - Windsor Park, Stratford.  

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Petzl respond to latest ZigZag failure

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, January 23, 2015

Petzl engineers have undertaken additional testing overnight to try and replicate the deformation visible in the photographs Treetools published Wednesday on FaceBook and again in the Treetools Blog yesterday - here are the results of those tests (ad verbatim) - make of it what you will: 

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In some cases cognitive connection defies logic

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, January 22, 2015

Marketers know all about 'cognitive connection' and 'emotional empathy' towards products - achieving this state is the holy grail for many brand owners. 

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A good tradesman does not blame his tools

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, January 16, 2015

The New Zealand silly season got underway with two major tree-climbing incidents just before Christmas. The New Year rang in two more, equally serious. 

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New 'business' features for Treetools 2015 website

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, January 05, 2015

Treetools has added a couple of new features to the website for 2015. 

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Time to take a break!

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, December 20, 2014

Yes, it's that time of year again. Time to re-charge the batteries and take a well deserved break. 

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Kiwi Klimbers debut on New Zealand market

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Harrison Rocket, designed and produced locally by Andy and Ali Harrison, proved to the world (and naysayers in NZ) that a quality New Zealand made tree climbing related product could succeed, and thrive, in the international marketplace.  

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New winch-bollard from Stein

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, September 27, 2014

Here's an interesting new rigging product designed by Reg Coates and manufactured and marketed worldwide by Stein - due for release early next year.  

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Certified? Fit-for-purpose? Or both? Who cares?

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The last decade has seen quantum leaps and bounds in the development of arb specific work-at-height equipment. 

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SRT and the working tree climber (with Rich Hattier)

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Those new to tree climbing might be lead to think SRT is restricted to competitive tree climbers and the International Tree Climbing Competitions. 

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2014 Waikato/BoP Regional TCC photographs on Flickr

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Photographs taken by Treetools at the the 2014 NZ Arb/Husqvarna Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Tree Climbing Competition, on Saturday 13 September at Mt Drury Reserve, Mt Maunganui are now available for viewing on Flickr

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Waikato Regional TCC this weekend

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The 2014 NZ Arb/Husqvarna Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional TCC is scheduled for this Saturday 13 September at Mount Drury Reserve, Mt Maunganui. 

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Christchurch to ETCC Champion in five years

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, September 04, 2014

Here's a little bit of NZ tree climbing history for you. Almost five years ago Matt Glen, won the 2009 South Island Regional TCC in Christchurch - see previous blog post here.  

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2014 South Island TCC this weekend

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The 2014 NZ Arb/Husqvarna South Island Regional TCC is scheduled for this coming weekend - Saturday 6 September in the trees off Waikikiri Drive on the edges of Bottle Lake Forest Park, Burwood, Christchurch.  

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Petzl respond to Treetools position on the ZigZag

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, July 19, 2014

Petzl has now found the causes of the potential appearance of such a crack. Technical improvements are already in progress. An updated communication will be given simultaneous worldwide release on 23rd July 2014. This communication will include a clear explanation of the causes of the potential of such cracks and a description of the actions which have been taken to prevent cracks forming in the future. (The 23 July 2014 PETZL ZIGZAG INFORMATION UPDATE is available now on the Petzl website).  

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Treetools pulls the plug on Petzl ZigZag sales

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, July 18, 2014

According to a Petzl representative, the worldwide return rate on the Petzl ZigZag is very low (1-2 units per 1000… and Petzl have sold tens of thousands around the world). The crack that appears in the top link represents NO risk to the user and all ‘problem’ ZigZags will be replaced under warranty. 

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Is vibration killing the Petzl ZigZag?

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, May 26, 2014

Experienced aerial arborists understand a climbing system must be fine-tuned for optimum performance. 

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NZ Arb WorkSafe NZ advisory group formed

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, May 12, 2014

The statement below is lifted straight off the NZ Arb Advisory Group FaceBook Page (for those of you not on Facebook - we are sure NZ Arb won't mind blatant plagiarism in this instance). 

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WorkSafe New Zealand Q&A session at Treetools

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, May 04, 2014

Up until the eighties having a drink for the road or a ‘roadie’ was standard practice - for a night out with the boys or at high society dinner parties. 

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Petzl respond to cracks in ZigZag II

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Late last month a few images surfaced on the internet showing a potential problem with the latest 2014 Petzl ZigZag. One of the units involved in this discussion was found relatively close to home (Sydney, Australia). 

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Clogger Arbormax Type-A trousers available soon

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Clogger, the New Zealand-made brand of chainsaw protective trousers, is venturing into the 'European-style' market with the launch of a new pair of lightweight Type-A chainsaw trousers. 

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A New Zealand association representing the wider tree care industry proposed by Jerry Lynch

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, April 07, 2014

As it stands, the NZ Arb Association is the official representative of the commercial tree care industry in New Zealand. For various reasons, some members within the New Zealand arborist community, and companies active in the wider tree care industry, including firewood merchants, shelterbelt trimmers, saw millers, contract climbers etc feel they are not adequately represented by NZ Arb. 

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HAAS: the Haul Ass Ascent System makes sense!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Traditional tree climbing 'frog-style' SRT ascent systems using the hand, chest and foot ascender always left something to be desired in terms of safety. 

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WorkSafe NZ assessment tool available for viewing

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, February 21, 2014

Beginning at the end of February WorkSafe NZ inspectors will switch their attention to 'forestry' tree felling work sites.  

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Please don't use a Petzl GriGri as a Grillon

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, February 13, 2014

A thrifty customer rang yesterday to tell Treetools it was cheaper to buy a Petzl GriGri and a length of rope over purchasing the Petzl Grillon adjustable work positioning lanyard system. 

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Communication technology behind the eight ball

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, February 06, 2014

Almost all the ear muffs sold into the New Zealand tree care market offer hearing protection similar in concept to putting your fingers in your ears to stop the noise. Traditional 'passive' hearing protection definitely works, its simple and relatively inexpensive to deploy against the noise of chainsaws and chippers. But… there is one major downside to this method of hearing protection - workers cannot communicate effectively with each other. 

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Top notch film making by kiwi arborists

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, February 03, 2014
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The ongoing SRT debate: enough already!

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, January 22, 2014

At the risk of prodding diehard SRTer’s into fighting mode one has to ask the question: how many more FB pages, dedicated to SRT, do we need before we reach absolute saturation?

Last November Treetools attended the by-invitation-only SRT Summit in Charlotte, initiated by the TCIA, to discuss the future direction of single line work positioning in treecare.

During the 2011-13 years, leading up to the TCIA Summit, the SRT debate held some relevance in the New Zealand market but by the time November 2013 rolled around most kiwi tree climbers considered the use of single line, as an everyday climbing tool, a done deal.

Sure, there are still questions regarding the best techniques and choice of hardware but the basic principle of climbing on single line is accepted as fait accompli – regardless of what the industry bodies might think.  

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2014 Petzl ZigZag due this week

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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TCC spot prize debacle makes NZ Arb look bad

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, January 16, 2014

First up, this post is not casting aspersions on all the NZ Arb volunteers who help make the Regional and National TCC happen each year – we know the job takes plenty of hard work and commitment … and, by-and-large, it's a pretty thankless task. 

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Petzl ZigZag 2014: a sneak preview

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thanks to some quick camera work by Sherpa Pula at the recent ETCC Treetools can show you a sneak preview of the new Petzl ZigZag due for release in 2014. 

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Treescape climbers dominate Auckland leader board

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, September 10, 2013

WINTEC might be the educational institution to produce world class aerial arborists but Treescape is the treecare company who knows how to spot winners - Treescape Auckland had three climbers in the top five (Jawand Nga Chun, David Stejskal and Shaun Hardman) at the 2013 Auckland Regional TCC in Whangarei and Callum Hay made New Arborist of the Year as Auckland representative. 

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New arborists will need Work Climb skills

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, September 04, 2013
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A new (safe) world for arb companies - are you ready?

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, August 29, 2013

New Crown Agency WorkSafe New Zealand gets underway on December 1 this year.  

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Nicky Ward-Allen promoting NZ tree climbing

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, August 23, 2013

Reigning world womens tree climbing champion Nicky Ward-Allen has stepped into the role of kiwi tree climbing ambassador with ease.  

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Heat resistance patches on new Krieger trousers gain attention

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, August 17, 2013
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A great day for aerial arb in New Zealand

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, August 04, 2013

Kiwi understatement "Nicky won. Oh and Scott won too." - that's Neal Harding's update on the Legends Foundation Blog, August 5, 2013. 

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How many wraps do I need on a rigging bollard?

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, August 01, 2013

"There is a better way, and that way is called wraps. Human flesh doesn't hold much weight. It has the tenancy to burn and bleed, making the rope slick and even harder to hold" Don Blair, Rigging for Removal presentation at the ISA Annual Conference, Vancouver, 1988 - download the full article here.  

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Be aware when using daisy chains for anchors or re-directs

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, July 30, 2013

 

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NZ tree climbing remains nondescript… for whatever reasons?

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New Zealand has two world-record-holding tree climbers; Nicky Ward-Allen and James Kilpatrick and one past ITCC winner (2011 World Champion Scott Forrest - this year representing the Asia-Pacific Region) competing in next weekends world tree climbing championship in Toronto and yet there is barely a whisper of their achievements in New Zealand. 

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DMM Rhino Belay Biner - new for 2014

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, July 17, 2013

 

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September '13: New Zealand tree climbing month

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, July 17, 2013

All of this years Husqvarna- NZ Arb Regional Tree Climbing Competitions are jammed into one month - September - see schedule below (only the Hamilton venue is missing). 

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2013 Auckland Regional TCC goes all provincial

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, July 16, 2013

 

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Petzl respond to 2013 Croll failure claims

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, June 07, 2013

Most tree climbers are familiar with the Petzl ZigZag problems and subsequent recall. Around the same time as the ZigZag issue another potential PR disaster was unraveling for Petzl.  

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Arb Climber Issue 4 out soon!

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, June 06, 2013

A quality trade journal acts as a barometer for the industry… and Arb Climber fits the bill admirably for arboriculture! 

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A Short Film: The Arborist

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, May 27, 2013

 

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2013 TreeMOTION: the same but different

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, May 18, 2013

The 'old' TreeMOTION has a new name (the S.Light) and the 'new' 2013 TreeMOTION takes over the old moniker.  

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Machine Assisted Splicing: what does it mean?

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, May 15, 2013

 

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Rope Wrench ZK2: Never Mind the Length, Feel for Stiffness

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, May 13, 2013

The ZK2 Rope Wrench has a new set of instructions and it's official; loose or supple tethers should not be used with the device - download the instructions here

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The Hitch Climbers' Guide to the Canopy Part I

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, May 10, 2013

 

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SIP Innovation II: Lightweight, Cool and Comfortable

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, May 08, 2013

The holy grail for a half-decent pair of chainsaw trousers, apart from chainsaw protection, is light weight, cool in summer and comfortable to wear. Another important feature is tear resistance in the outer fabric. And… all this at a reasonable price! 

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Tree Climbing Gear: Light Weight or Longevity?

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, May 06, 2013

New-to-market tree climbing equipment is getting smaller and more light weight by the day. A worrying end-game for this 'light weight' trend is a general lack of robustness in the equipment.  

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7 Operating Realities for Tree Climbing Equipment

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, May 03, 2013

The Petzl ZigZag debacle has proved one thing: the operating reality for tree climbing gear is a little different to other height safety disciplines - see previous 'Tree Climbing PPE Standards' blog here.  

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Single Rope Technique? The use of a single climbing line should define tree climbing. Here's why!

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Use of a single climbing line differentiates tree climbing from all other height safety/rope access disciplines. But, unfortunately for the tree care industry, acronyms like DbRT and SRT have muddled our brains! 

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Petzl ZigZag RECALL PROCEDURE

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, April 29, 2013

Spelean, the Petzl Australasian Regional Distributor, will handle the recall for the Petzl ZigZag. 

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Petzl RECALL ZigZag

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, April 25, 2013

Petzl have done the right thing and announced a total recall of the Petzl ZigZag. See notice below. 

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Christchurch Climbing Workshop: trial gear to make the job easier and less tiring on the body!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, April 23, 2013

 

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Petzl ZigZag: how the game changed in 14-days

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, April 21, 2013

Back in December 2012 Treetools offered 5 reasons why the Petzl ZigZag might change the rules of the game - see previous post here

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Safety Alert: Stop using the Petzl ZIGZAG mechanical Prusik now!

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, April 19, 2013

Petzl have issued the following Safety Alert Notice 

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5 reasons why unique tree climbing PPE standards are needed

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The UIAA have the right idea.  

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Full report on Petzl ZigZag incident due Tuesday 24 April

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Here's what Petzl have to say as of today: 

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Petzl ZigZag Caution: but let's not go all gaga!

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, April 13, 2013

Petzl have released the following statement regarding an incident involving the apparent failure of a ZigZag in Germany. 

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Certification confusion for Petzl ZigZag

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Certification surrounding the Rock Exotica Unicender and the Rope Wrench has divided the aerial arb community over the last few years. 

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Three new products for tree fellers

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Treetools has three new tree felling products currently in design phase, due for release at the end of May. 

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Healthwise: is tree climbing a viable long-term career option?

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, April 08, 2013

Regular Treetools Blog readers will have noticed a total lapse in posts over the last month. That's because a total knee replacement took a lot more out of me than I first imagined. 

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Competitor positions available for 2013 Asia-Pacific TCC

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Apparently there are a limited number of positions available to climbers wishing to compete in the 2013 Asia-Pacific TCC scheduled for March 16 at Monte Cecelia Park in Auckland. 

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Friend, tree climber, family man: Sal Hernandez 1969-2013

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A stunned international tree climbing community learned yesterday Sal Hernandez passed away overnight Saturday.  

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The 'new' holy grail in rope development; zero sheath slippage

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Following the dramatic DB Tree 'Frog System' drop-test experiment early in 2012 kiwi tree climbers started taking an active interest in ropes where the sheath and core are permanently bound together - resulting in zero sheath slippage and no 'socking' when excessively loaded. 

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NTCA Agathis Fund generates aound $2500 annually

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Back in June 2010 the New Zealand tree climbing community was stunned to hear that Matt Dallas had passed away.  

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Monte Cecilia Park for 2013 Asia-Pacific TCC

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, February 11, 2013

The Asia Pacific Tree Climbing Championship Operations Committee (through NZ Arbor) have announced Monte Cecilia Park in Hillsborough, Auckland as the venue for the 2013 Asia-Pacific TCC scheduled for Saturday 16 March (rain day Sunday 18 March). 

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Three essential digital downloads for aerial arborists

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, February 08, 2013

The internet in an unlimited resource for tree climbers.  

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Will the Petzl ZigZag become the new company darling?

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, February 07, 2013

The soon-to-be-released Petzl ZigZag has the potential to become the climbing kit of choice for many arborists - a new company darling? 

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Should a large-eye pulley be used in a remote application?

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Short answer: NO.  

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Not all PPE webbing is created equal

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Along with the bridge, the hip-to-leg webbing straps on the TreeMOTION harness are the most common replacement parts requested - the trade-off result for all that freedom of movement you get with the TreeMOTION! 

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Where is our tree climbing equipment made?

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, February 04, 2013

DMM Wales recently posted a 'factory tour' video detailing the production of DMM equipment. The passion exuded by DMM employees is almost palpable, working together as a big family of craftsmen (and women). They make the gear, they use the gear. 

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ART Spiderjack cam logic from Mr Spiderjackery

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, February 02, 2013

Further to our blog post earlier in the week, Mr Spiderjackery Joe Harris tells us the latest replacement cam for the ART Spiderjack is manufactured with a larger cross-section and lower bite-point to help reduce slippage on brand new lines - Samson Velocity and Yale Bandit in particular.  

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Recreational opportunity for kiwi tree climbing entrepreneur

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

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How long should the ART Spiderjack cam last?

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, January 31, 2013

Joe Harris has done a hell of a job for the sales of the ART Spiderjack in the Asia-Pacific Region… and elsewhere across the globe no doubt. 

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Myth busting: 5 untruths told about tree climbing lines

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Climbing ropes are getting more and more complex, often produced for very specific technical tree climbing applications where the operational expectation (of the line) is highly targeted.  

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How much force can you apply to a rope with one hand?

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ever wondered how much a person can hold or how much force they can apply to a rope when pulling with one hand? Or both? 

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Teufelberger Platinum offers up a few surprises

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, January 25, 2013

One downside of media hype is the risk of 'over promise and under delivery' for the customer. 

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Figure 8 Safety Hint from back-in-the-day

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, January 21, 2013

One method for self-rescue from an SRT Ascent system (or while footlocking) requires the use of a Figure 8 descender. 

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The 7 deadly sins of SRT Ascent

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, January 17, 2013

 

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NZ Arb Approved Code of Practice '22kN Rule' is just plain silly!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Belying its physical size (wiro-bound A5), the recently published Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Arboriculture is a significant New Zealand document - download your copy from WorkSafe NZ here.  

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Bulldog OAR - the equivalent midline attachable ZigZag perhaps?

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, January 14, 2013

 

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French Lockjack accident highlights need for product knowledge

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, December 21, 2012

Before you read this blog post Treetools can state categorically: the ART Lockjack is not unsafe when configured correctly!  

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Benchmark publication from the TCIA should dispel a few SRT myths!

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, December 20, 2012

The SRT/Single Line Work Positioning debate has raged internationally throughout 2012.  

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The TreeMOTION harness: 3 years at No:1 in New Zealand

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Treetools retails over 15 different tree climbing harnesses but there is nothing quite like the TreeMOTION by Teufelberger! 

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More from ART - who's Graham?

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, December 17, 2012

 

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Protos Integral: what value do you place on your head?

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, December 14, 2012

According to Pfanner marketing the word Protos is ancient Greek for 'first'. Those with serious helmet envy tell us Protos is the truncation of two words: Professional Tosser! On first sighting of this new helmet Treetools would have to disagree with the naysayers. 

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Whiptail sewn terminations pass SAI Global testing

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, December 13, 2012

New Zealand rope stitchers Shift 2, working in collaboration with Treetools, have concluded a series of independent tests undertaken by SAI Global in Christchurch to determine the break strengths of Whiptail sewn terminations on various friction cords and lanyard ropes.  

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Stitched or spliced climbing line terminations for Petzl ZigZag

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The latest edition of Arb Climber has an excellent Gear Review by Ade Scott featuring the new Petzl ZigZag - download the article here

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Rock Exotica Omni-Block 1.1 attracts interest from tree climbers

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, December 10, 2012

Rock Exotica are well known for their beautifully milled aluminium climbing products. When the Omni-Block swivel pulleys were first introduced back in 2005 there were more than a few rumors suggesting these pulleys would change the world! 

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New ART instructional video lifts the bar in online learning

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, December 08, 2012

 

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Care issues for Jameson Safe-Stik poles

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, December 06, 2012

NZ vegetation management regulations require pruning poles (used around electrical lines) to be “Dry” tested every six months and “Wet” tested every two years. Earlier in the year the testing level for fibreglass pruner poles was raised from 45KV to 75KV. 

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Tricks-of-the-trade: Petzl Caritool V2

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The Petzl Caritool (large and small is one of those 'can't do without' bits of tree climbing kit but it is not without its critics. 

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Rope selection for dummies: how to choose your very first tree climbing line!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Advanced tree climbers can stop reading now - this blog post is not for you! And… when Treetools refers to 'dummies' we don't literally mean 'dummies' - we are talking to readers new to tree climbing (in a kind-hearted way).  

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Petzl ZigZag: 5 reasons why this new product has the potential to change rules of the game!

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, December 03, 2012

Every now and then a 'disruptive' new product enters the market and changes the rules of the game.  

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Retail finance now available from Treetools

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, December 01, 2012

The tree removal job of the year is yours. You have quoted to cover the cost of purchasing the equipment needed to complete the job but you cannot invest in the gear until you get paid by the client. And you won't get paid by the client until the job is done! Sound familiar? 

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Caution: tri-lock carabiners can accidentally open

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, November 30, 2012

Tri-lock, triple-lock, self-lock or 3-way carabiners are not fail safe - the gate can accidentally open while climbing! 

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Work positioning harness labeling confuses 'site safe' inspectors

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, November 29, 2012

As part of the certification process all 'popular brand' tree care work positioning harnesses display some form of label to clearly identify the manufacturer, ratings etc. The serial number often includes the month and year of manufacturer.  

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Everything breaks eventually: even the ISC RP055 block

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Think of the humble wire coat hanger - bend it once and it will not break, bend it ten times and it might not break but bend the coat hanger enough times and it will finally give!  

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DbRT and SRT: what are the two most popular climbing lines?

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, November 26, 2012

It's a big call indeed to state categorically which climbing line is best suited to either climbing style; DbRT (doubled rope) or SRT (specifically single line work positioning)… so we'll resort to the sales volume through Treetools as the barometer for popularity. 

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Triple-lock aluminum crabs: how the Top 5 stack up

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, November 23, 2012

Treetools cannot quote international sales figures for triple-lock (Triact or Locksafe) carabiners but we do know our own market very well. For the uninitiated, triple-lock carabiners require three distinct movements of the barrel in order to open the gate and are considered mandatory in aerial arboriculture. 

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New Zealand UV sun strength and its affect on PPE

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, November 22, 2012

Back in 2008 IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) issued a Safety Warning about the affects of ultra-violet light on personal fall protection equipment.  

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February 2013 launch for Petzl ZigZag in New Zealand

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Petzl Australasia have confirmed February 2013 for the arrival of the Petzl ZigZag. Recommended retail price is NZ$329.95 (Treetools pricing predictions were correct - see previous blog post here

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Features to look for in a tree climbing boot

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Size, style, comfort and quality play a major role in the decision making process, but prospective owners should also look for a few key features before they invest in a new pair of tree climbing boots.  

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Petzl ZigZag update for NZ market

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, November 19, 2012

We could be facetious and say the media hype generated by the Petzl ZigZag is the result of an audience craving for some light relief from the Single Line Ascent/Work Positioning debate but that would not be doing this new product from Petzl any justice at all! 

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Hackfalls Arborcamp 2012 this weekend!

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, November 19, 2012

  

Photographs by Treetools shot at the 2011 Hackfalls Arbor Camp.

Hackfalls Arbor Camp 2011 set the bar very high indeed - now it's time for Hackfalls 2012 - the first of the summer arbor camps! (see last years blog post here). Another year has rolled around and 'Hackfalls' is on the calendar again - this weekend in fact.

A combination working bee/camping/arb camaraderie experience, the Hackfalls Arbor Camp is not to be missed.

 
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2012 NZ National TCC photographs now on Flickr

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, November 16, 2012

 

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Electronic PPE traceability one step closer to reality

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, November 14, 2012

 

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Thought planting kiwi for president

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, November 09, 2012

Thoughtplanter's director, and good 'ol kiwi boy, Mark Roberts has become the first-ever Australasian president of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).  

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115 page TCIA Best Practice SRT available by month end

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, November 04, 2012

The TCIA produces some of the best arb manuals on the market and the Best Practices for SRT in Arboriculture (with over 200 color photographs) looks like it will continue the tradition. 

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Trees are freaking awesome

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, November 02, 2012

 

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DMM Axis Swivels with Taylor Hamel

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, November 01, 2012

 

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Climb Every Thing duo chiselled into tree climbing history

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Johno Smith and Zane Wedding have positioned themselves at the sharp end of the Single Line Work Positioning debate. 

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Rock Exotica reply to Zane Wedding… and it sounds positive!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Treetools published Zane Wedding's plea to Rock Exotica on Facebook, regarding the Unicender, as part of a previous post

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Highlights from the 2012 NZ TCC

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Legends Foundation trustee and TCC chief score keep Neal Harding has provided a running commentary, YouTube clips, an excellent review and full results for the 2012 NZ tree climbing competition via the Legends blog.  

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Recall for Wild Country Ropeman III

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, October 29, 2012

Here's the word from Wild Country:  

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Zane Wedding upsets the apple cart with his Unicender antics

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, October 27, 2012

Unicender (and Single Line Work Positioning) advocate Zane Wedding felt the wrath of NZ TCC organizer Mat Palmer at the climber de-brief session this evening (see FB post below as a precursor). 

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World record holders lead day one of the 2012 NZ TCC

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, October 27, 2012

World foot lock record holders, and recognized tree climbing Legends Nicky Ward-Allen and James Kilpatrick lead the points table after day one of competition in the 2012 NZ TCC held in the Wellington Botanic Gardens today.  

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Whiptail stitched terminations produce good break-test results

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, October 21, 2012

Treetools will commence sales of locally produced stitched rope terminations next month. The 'Whiptail' terminations are manufactured in Auckland by custom rope stitching company Shift 2. Stitched terminations will compliment the splicing work currently undertaken for Treetools by DB Tree (not all ropes can be spliced). 

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Silky Japan get in behind NZ TCC climbers

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thanks to Silky Japan and a lot of leg work by Silex (Silky NZ), a number of qualifying competitors in the 2012 NZ National TCC, scheduled for the weekend of 27-28 October in Wellington, will be sporting unique 'toothless' Silky Tsurugi 300 competition saws - specially air freighted to Treetools for the occasion. 

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Hitch Hiker update

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Hitch Hiker is bit of a hard one to get your head around (at first). We all possibly felt that way about the Rope Wrench (I honestly don't recall - it seems so long ago!). 

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Re-worked Petzl Croll for 2013

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, October 15, 2012

Petzl have re-worked a couple of their old faithfuls; the Croll and Pantin, due for launch first quarter 2013 (we believe).  

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Excellent Platinum review by Ontario Climber, Cary Gibson

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, October 13, 2012

 

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Hitch Hiker trials begin in New Zealand

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, October 12, 2012

The Ropetek Hitch Hiker has landed!  

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More on TreeMOTION harness adjustments

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The TreeMOTION tree climbing harness has so many adjustment options personalization can get a little daunting for a new owner. 

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Legends Foundation provide excellent backgrounder to Nationals

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, October 08, 2012

Legends Foundation trustee Neal Harding has posted and excellent update on the Scott Forrest Legends Foundation website covering the lead-up to the 2012 NZ Arbor/Husqvarna NZ National TCC at the end of the month in Wellington. 

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TreeMOTION leg loops: how tight should they be?

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, October 06, 2012

One of the advantages of photographing the various Regional TCC around the country is the opportunity it provides to catch up with Treetools customers. 

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Teufelberger Platinum promo video

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, October 04, 2012

 

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Official 2012 Wellington Regional TCC results available

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, October 03, 2012

NZ Arbor have uploaded the full results for the 2012 Husqvarna Regional TCC held last weekend in Whanganui. 

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2102 Wellington Regional TCC photographs now on Flickr

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, October 02, 2012

 

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Amnesty for gear (from the gear trailer) thieves

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, October 01, 2012

Officials have advised an 'amnesty' for thieves who pilfered tree climbing equipment from the NZ Arbor gear trailer at the 2012 Waikato Regional TCC in an effort to stop senior tree climbers from taking the law into their own hands should the culprits be caught. 

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International experience shines in Whanganui

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, September 30, 2012

International climbers Clay Winter and Nicky Ward-Allen led the points table, placing first and second, at the NZ Arbor/Husqvarana 2012 Wellington Regional TCC in Whanganui on Saturday. Auckland climber Shaun Hardman came in third. 

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Pack a raincoat for Whanganui

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How many Wellingtonians will venture out of the city this weekend to travel North to Whanganui? And we might be in for a shower or two to boot… so pack your raincoats! 

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Mog Glen demonstrating his skills in the Work Climb

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, September 26, 2012

 

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More on the Aerial Rescue event in the Regional TCC's

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Aerial Rescue event presents the greatest challenge to TCC novices. Some newbies are so daunted by the prospect of rescuing a 'workmate' under the watchful eye of their peers they flag the event away altogether. 

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2012 Waikato/BoP Regional photographs now on Flickr

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, September 24, 2012

 

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Waikato/BoP Region tops 40 climbers for TCC

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, September 23, 2012

Earlier in the month the South Island Regional TCC attracted 32 climbers but the Waikato topped their Southern neighbors with over 40 tree climbers competing in the 2012 NZ Arbor Husqvarna Waikato Bay of Plenty Regional TCC on Saturday at Ferrybank Park in Hamilton. 

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Single Line Work Positioning is NOT BANNED! (at work)

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, September 20, 2012

 

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Can Waikato muster better numbers than the Cantabrians?

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The 2012 NZ Arbor/Husqvarna South Island Regional TCC attracted 32 tree climbers earlier in the month. 

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Stay-up-to-date with Pro Climb

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, September 17, 2012

The pace of change in the arb industry is taking many by surprise.  

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Arb quals, HT licence and experience - always sought after skills

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, September 13, 2012

Read any of the TCIA publications and you'll quickly see the challenge of finding (and retaining) good staff is universal. It's the same here in New Zealand where there is a country-wide shortage of qualified, experienced arborists particularly those with leadership skills. 

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What diameter friction cord should I buy?

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Selecting the right friction hitch cord can be a challenge.  

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Alacrity, Safety and Efficacy - new words for Aerial Rescue!

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, September 10, 2012

Scott Forrest's Legends Foundation Blog is turning out to be a real goldmine of information for competitive tree climbers! 

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Theiving mongrel bastards!

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, September 08, 2012

Spend some time around tree climbers or aerial arborists and your views on humanity will soften a little - by-and-large you won't find a better bunch of people. Salt of the earth and honest as the day is long. 

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Minimize the load size for safer rigging!

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, September 07, 2012

The Pro Climb Easy Rig is probably the smallest big bollard on the market. And its capable of lowering timber up to half a tonne in weight - Treetools knows this because we tested the Easy Rig to prove it. 

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Ferrybank Park, Grantham Street for 2012 Waikato/BoP TCC

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, September 05, 2012



Regional TCC organizer Andy Harrison has confirmed Ferrybank Park, Grantham Street, Hamilton as the venue for the 2012 NZ Arbor/ Husqvarna Waikato/BoP TCC scheduled for Saturday 22 September. 

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2012 SI TCC photographs now uploaded to Flickr

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, September 04, 2012

 

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Michael Winstanley wins 2012 SI TCC

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, September 01, 2012

Six tree climbers from the South Island are heading for the National TCC in Wellington, late October. 

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Weather looking good for South Island Regional TCC

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, August 31, 2012

Saturday looks like a beauty in Christchurch - perfect for the 2012 NZ Arbor/Husqvarna South Island Regional TCC in Abberly Park - see previous blog post for directions. Gear check is 7:30am Saturday morning. No registrations on the day! 

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Training aids for tree climbers

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, August 30, 2012

First it was one-on-one communication using the A-Kabel ArborCom Bluetooth headsets to assist trainers. These unique headsets offer crystal clear ground-to-climber communication for up to 200m, hands free and in full Duplex.  

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Sterling TriTech versus Silky Zubat

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, August 29, 2012

 

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Arthouse tree climbing video from Stihl

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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South Island Regional TCC this weekend!

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, August 27, 2012

 

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2012 NTCA Aerial Rescue and Open Forum now on Flickr

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, August 27, 2012

 

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Petzl D22 introduction at TCIA Expo

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rumor has it, Petzl's not-so-secret D22 ascender/descender might be introduced to the market at the TCIA Expo in November this year. 

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Treetools Twitter account hacked

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, August 25, 2012

If you get a Twitter message from Treetools along the lines of the one below please DO NOT OPEN. Somehow our account has been hacked and followers are being spammed with this style of link. We have closed the loop hole and everything should be OK from now on. 

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NTCA Aerial Rescue Open Forum this weekend in Whangarei

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, August 22, 2012

 

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Arborist App a real time-saver

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Almost every self-employed arborist complains about the paperwork associated with the job; quotes and invoices, job sheets, site risk assessments and tree health and hazard reports - unfortunately all this bureaucracy goes with the territory. 

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Splicing Circle planned prior to SI Regional TCC

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, August 20, 2012

The South Island Tree Climbers and Gentleman's Guild is at it again - the 2012 Splicers Circle is to be held on the evening Friday 31 August at the Riccarton Racecourse prior to the NZ Arbor Husqvarna South Island Regional TCC. 

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Only a couple of weeks until the South Island Regionals

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, August 19, 2012

 

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DMM Bat XS revisited

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, August 16, 2012

A ring is preferred as the floating anchor point on the bridge of a tree climbing harness because it is round! Roundness results in randomly spread wear over the connection point. That is, wear is not concentrated in one place on the connecting aluminum ring. 

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Single Line Work Positioning concept bedding in

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Thoughtplanter Mark Roberts, with help from Brian French (Treeverse) and Treemagineer Mark Bridge presented their thoughts on SRT at the Climbers Corner in Portland today. Here's the notes from Mark Roberts: 

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2012 ITCC official results posted

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 ITCC Portland organizing committee - by all accounts the event ran like clockwork from start to finish and the official results are already posted on the ISA website - bloody amazing! 

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Second hand climbing gear; is it worth the risk?

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Running almost in sync with the growth in the NZ 'lopper' market blogged about last week) there is a higher than normal level of interest in second hand tree climbing and rigging equipment.  

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Nine times ITCC win for Beddes Strasser

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, August 13, 2012

Treemagineer Bernd Strasser has won the 2012 ITCC bringing his ITCC title bag to nine all told (as listed by Ling Wah Ling on FaceBook: 2012, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999) - a truly amazing effort! 

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Legends Foundation blog posts bringing live information from ITCC in Portland

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, August 11, 2012

Legends Foundation trustee Neal Harding, currently reporting from Portland in the US, is loading some pretty good information about the 2012 ITCC onto the Legends Foundation website - for those of us who could not make the event. 

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New Zealand 'tree lopper' sub-market beginning to emerge

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, August 09, 2012

Visit any Australian city and you will see trucks proudly advertising themselves as 'tree loppers'. These guys are not arborists but most of them do know how to use a chainsaw and simply lop and top the tree, as and when required by the customer and charge a fee accordingly. Free enterprise at its very best. 

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Pro Climb Easy Rig - small is big!

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Launching a new piece of kit these days is a right challenge, even for non-PPE hardware like a rigging bollard. Along with all the product testing, manufacture and paperwork you have to hope you sell few of your new toys to get a return on your investment - in many instances developing new gear is simply not worth the effort. 

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International interest in The Scott Forrest Legends Foundation

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, August 06, 2012

As the highest profile, most successful, independent tree climbing team in the history of the sport its little wonder international brand owners are showing a great deal of interest in The Scott Forrest Legends Foundation. 

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Elusive Petzl Single Line Statement available for download

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, August 04, 2012

If you followed the TreeBuzz Rules and Regs thread linked in yesterdays post you will have noted several references to 'Petzl documentation' regarding the use of the Petzl Rig and I'D in SRT work positioning. 

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SRT Work Positioning allowed - only the Rope Wrench out!

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, August 03, 2012

By Treetools reckoning 'Joe' is correct in his assumption that SRT climbing (Ascent and Work Positioning) IS ALLOWED in the ITCC events. 

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Pencil in late November for the first of the summer arborcamps

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Hackfalls Arboretum Arborcamp and Working Bee is on again this year, over the weekend of 24-25 November. Last years inaugural event attracted arborists and their families from all over the North Island. 

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TCIA to intro SRT Best Practice Guideline at the ISA Conference

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Single Rope Technique in tree climbing has to be the THE hot topic for 2012!  

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'Legends' celebrates New Zealand tree climbing success!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Scott Forrest's Legends Foundation website went live this afternoon. 

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Stein Phantom chainsaw protection boots look like a winner!

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, July 30, 2012

Finding the right chainsaw protective boot is a mission by anyone's standard. Price, performance, durability, water-proofness, comfort, availability, warmth (but not too hot), weight, height… the list goes on. 

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ITCC TAC Performance Criteria one step closer to reality

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, July 24, 2012

As promised back in March the ITCC Technical Advisory Committee Performance Criteria document is now out for review. 

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Kiwi climbers woo the aussies!

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, July 21, 2012

Three kiwi aerial arborists working in Canberra have well and truly wooed the locals - making the pages The Canberra Times today. 

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September the month for TCC Regionals

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Get ready for a busy September!  

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Learn more about your rope

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A couple of years ago Jerry Lynch organized a splicing workshop in Dunedin, presented by Menno Kluiters and Jelte Buddingh, as part of a Labour Weekend climbing festival. Along with a training session, the plan was to establish some sort of 'certification' criteria relative to splicing production. 

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Opportunities abound for skilled aerial arborists

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, July 16, 2012

The limited size of our tree care labor pool is well documented. Now it appears the land of milk and honey (Australia in case you don't know) is short of experienced aerial arborists as well. 

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ArborCOM Bluetooth headphones exceed expectations

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The A-Kabel ArborCOM 'wireless' Bluetooth headphones/ear protection helmet muffs we discussed in a blog post last month have arrived in store and they are better than we could have ever imagined. 

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Spot the Difference: Pro Climb answers the base anchor riddle

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Treetools posed a question in the "Base anchored SRT Work Positioning lines cause concern" blog post last week. We deliberately did not answer the question in the hope that somebody else might take up the baton. 

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Buckingham ErgoLite harness arrives (again)!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Treetools landed a 'tester' Buckingham ErgoLite harness early last month. Before we could properly evaluate the harness a climber came into the store, slipped it on and tried a couple of moves on the Treetools 'tree'. He purchased it on the spot. 

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Treetools Blog: world famous in New Zealand

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Who is the target audience for the Treetools blog? This question was posed to us last week by a visiting international blog reader: did we blog for the world audience or was our primary focus New Zealand tree climbers? 

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NTCA to host another Aerial Rescue and Open Forum Day

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, July 09, 2012

The Northland Tree Climbers Association, headed by Joe Cooper and Troy Alderton, plan to host another Aerial Rescue and Open Forum following the success of last years effort. 

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Single line innovation ain't about to stop!

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, July 07, 2012

 

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'Human' testing for climbing configurations?

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, July 06, 2012

 

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TCIA appear to be heading in the right (SRT) direction

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, July 06, 2012

Being the first to publish a Best Practice Guideline on the use a Single Rope Technique in tree climbing should not be considered the winner of a race. 

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Base anchored SRT Work Positioning lines cause concern

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, July 05, 2012

A number of SRT Work Positioning practitioners including Drew Bristow, Rossy Ross (Pro Climb) and Johno Smith are beginning to question the 'safety' of base anchored SRT work positioning climbing lines. 

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More Rope Wrench testing data

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, July 04, 2012

The academics will have you believe these Rope Wrench static pull tests are crap. 

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Mind your language, or things will get (even more) complicated

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Before meaningful discussion can take place everyone has to be speaking the same language. Without a common, accepted lexicon the development of perfectly sound theories will be lost in translation.  

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Suspension trauma - not moving a muscle can be dangerous

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, July 03, 2012

 

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New Rope Wrench prototype on display

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, July 02, 2012

 

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Rope Wrench failure test footage

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, July 01, 2012

 

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Caution Notice for Rope Wrench users

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, June 29, 2012

 

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Is Dale Thomas onto something important here?

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, June 28, 2012

 

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2012 Wellington Regional TCC heads north the Whanganui

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, June 26, 2012

 

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Johan Gustavsson wins 2012 European TCC

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, June 25, 2012

Here's all we have to date! Johan Gustavsson, Sweden, Mens Division and Anja Erni, Switzerland Womens 2012 ETCC. (Anja was the 2009 Womens ITCC World Champion) 

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Sterling TriTech passes trial tests

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, June 25, 2012

Master splicer and contract climber Drew Bristow was dubious when Treetools told him about Sterling TriTech, the rope substitute for wire core flip lines. 

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Portable Winch useful with back leaners

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, June 24, 2012

 

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Resist using inappropriate hardware when rigging

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, June 23, 2012

 

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Rope Wrench failure proves a point

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, June 22, 2012

US-based climber Marc Powell posted the pictures below on Facebook earlier in the week. 

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LOLER-style gear testing on the horizon for NZ?

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, June 21, 2012

Kiwi arb companies are showing interest in the concept of independent third party gear 'inspection' (of tree climbing and rigging equipment) not unlike the LOLER concept adopted in the UK. 

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Muller Wood Picks on the way

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, June 21, 2012

 

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Legends Foundation makes its first big payout

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Scott Forrest Legends Foundation has made its first major contribution to New Zealand tree climbing by paying out to the kiwi Asia-Pacific TCC climbers who competed recently in Hobart. 

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Wireless communication the next big thing in tree work!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Shouting, yelling, hand waving, whistling and the tossing of the occasional chog of wood at the groundie are no longer acceptable forms of communication (apparently). 

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Power lines and trees; extreme care required

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, June 15, 2012

 

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Mini Lifts: the end of the road for tree climbing?

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, June 14, 2012

Every tree is a unique structure so its hard to imagine a piece of machinery taking the place of a climber but you can certainly see the appeal in the new arb specific mini lifts coming onto the market. 

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Legends Foundation website due for launch soon!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Scott Forrest Legends Foundation will have its very own website thanks to sponsorship from Treetools and web development work by Auckland aerial arborist David Kite. 

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Practice makes perfect - if you want to break world records!

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, June 11, 2012

 

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Production delays expected for Pfanner Protos Integral helmet

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, June 08, 2012

 

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SRT ascent goes off on a tangent!

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, June 06, 2012

 

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U-create from Stein - for the inner artiste!

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, June 06, 2012

 

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Making money in tree work - it's all about efficiency!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Most tree work today is quoted with 'time' as the major quotient. Loosely translated, the quicker you get the job done the more money you are likely to make. 

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New website for DMM Professional

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, June 04, 2012

Ever wondered which shape carabiner is best suited for the job? DMM Professional know the answer. 

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New 'Press-To-Listen' earmuff from Peltor

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, May 31, 2012

Modern ear protection is pretty efficient. But in some cases super-efficient hearing protection can be a hindrance, particularly when you need to listen to what someone is saying. For instance, a safety warning from a co-worker. 

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Market forces drive tree rigging innovation

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Homeowners undertaking tree work on their property have unwittingly helped in the development of a new 'mini-bollard'. 

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SRT tie-in points by Kev Bingham

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, May 29, 2012

There are plenty of 'urban myths' surrounding the use of single rope work positioning. One is the mistaken belief that a basal anchor must always be used for securing the access line in the tree. 

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Italian-made GriSport safety boots added to range

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, May 28, 2012

According to the GriSport adverting blurb 'comfort' was the Italian manufacturers focus when they first started making safety boots back in 1977. Treetools customer feedback to date tells us the GriSport safety boot do meet that objective. 

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Sunday afternoon lessons with Taylor Hamel

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, May 27, 2012

 

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Late breaking news: Aussie out of the ISA

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, May 26, 2012

"By order of the ISA Board of Directors, effective May 24, 2012, Arboriculture Australia will no longer be acknowledged as a Chapter of ISA and will lose all rights afforded to an ISA Component." Jim Skiera, ISA Executive Director. 

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Has NZ Arbor dropped the ball?

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, May 24, 2012

Following last weeks NZ Arbor Education and Training Committee meeting in Wellington, kiwi tree climbers were rejoicing in the fact that, finally, a reference to SRT Ascent and SRT Work Positioning would be made in the latest edition of the industries' Best Practice Guideline. 

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Tear-away chainsaw attachment from Husqvarna

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, May 23, 2012

After all the testing the Agathis boys did to ensure they had tear-away-ability on their chainsaw lanyard it might have been a waste of time. 

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Single line access for lazy bastards!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, May 22, 2012

 

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Single Line Work Positioning debate hots up

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, May 21, 2012

LATE BREAKING NEWS! Last week Treetools blogged about the progress a certain NZ Arbor sub-committee was making in recognizing the subtleties of single rope technique (remember the irritating debate at the Auckland Regional TCC regarding the use of SRT Work Positioning in the competition). 

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James Kilpatrick endorses Donaghys Cougar Blue

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, May 21, 2012

When asked by Jordan Glossop of iClimbinc in a recent interview what his current all-round favorite climbing line was, three times Asia-Pacific TCC winner James Kilpatrick answered "Donaghys Cougar Blue". 

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Why the sudden interest in Single Line Work Positioning?

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, May 19, 2012

 

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Kiwi tree climbers love making movies… and some are pretty good at it!

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, May 18, 2012

 

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SRT Work Positioning led by kiwi influence

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, May 17, 2012

According to Andy Harrison of Harrison Rockets fame, kiwi tree climbers first used SRT Work Positioning (in a TCC) back in 1996 - that's sixteen years ago.. 

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Kiwi tree climbers feature on international stage (again!)

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, May 17, 2012

 

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2012 Asia-Pacific Regional TCC results available for download

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, May 16, 2012

In this day and age its not a big ask to have tree climbing competition results posted on the net. And yet they are still pretty hard to find (apart from those provided by chief NZ score-keep Neal Harding) 

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Ox-On tree climbing gloves live up to expectations

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ox-On PowerGrab tree climbing gloves have been on the New Zealand market since March. 

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SRT to be included in 2012 NZ Arbor Best Practice Guideline

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, May 15, 2012

All tree climbers utilize a single line for climbing and yet the acronym SRT (Single Rope Technique) sends most aerial arborists into a tailspin. 

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New, improved GRCS back in stock

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, May 14, 2012

Late last year we blogged about future changes to the GRCS (Good Rigging Control System) and now the first of these new winches have arrived in store. 

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Teufelberger's scientific approach to chainsaw lanyard testing

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, May 12, 2012

A Treetools critic once told me, in no uncertain terms, that our product tests where unscientific and quite laughable! 

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Check your ground anchor!

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, May 11, 2012

 

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Agathis Chainsaw Lanyard improvements underway

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, May 10, 2012

 

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NZ arb industry desperate for skilled staff

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Treetools is on the RSS feed from the NZ Arb Association website. That means we get information from the association as soon as it is posted on the net. 

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Everything breaks - eventually!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Tall (arb) tales of true-and-bold are par for the course at Treetools! Most of the stories are hilarious accounts of on-the-job hi-jinks resulting in right royal stuff ups - work place banter you would expect to hear in an industry like arb. 

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ART Spiderjack 'Dyneema Kit' cautionary notice

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, May 07, 2012

If it can happen. It will happen! A cautionary note from Joe Harris. 

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The art of splicing - the video that had to be produced!

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, May 06, 2012

 

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Pfanner introduce Nexus Safety Glasses

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, May 04, 2012

Pfanner, manufacturers of Stretch-Air chainsaw clothing, have expanded their range to include safety glasses.  

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ART Spiderjack innovation instore now!

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Treetools alluded to ART Spiderjack 2.1 developments back in January and the new gear has finally arrived in store. 

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Tree climbing entrepreneurs - and this is only the beginning!

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Harrison Rockets, DB Tree, Climb Every Thing, Pro Climb, Kiwi Klimbers, the Northland Tree Climbers Association, the Agathis Fund and the Scott Forrest Legends Foundation are all examples of kiwi (tree climbing) entrepreneurial spirit. 

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Excellent Hobart piccies from Fisher Photo Industry

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Fisher Photo Industry (famous for the 2012 Sherrill catalog cover were on hand in Hobart to provide a photographic record the 2012 Australian National TCC and the 2012 Asia-Pacific Regional TCC.  

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Four kiwi qualifiers for 2012 ITCC in Portland, Oregon

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, May 01, 2012

 

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All in a days work for Treescape's Ross McIntyre

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, April 30, 2012

 

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Practical treework training with Pro Climb

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, April 30, 2012

 

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James Kilpatrick - three in a row!

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, April 29, 2012

Latest word out of Hobart - James Kilpatrick has won the mens 2012 Asia-Pacific Tree Climbing Competition - that's three years running! Well done James! 

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Who are the 2012 Asia-Pacific Masters?

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, April 29, 2012

Unconfirmed reports out of Hobart have Scott 'The Legend' Forrest, Joe Harris, Henk Morgan, James Kilpatrick and Mark Gistitin going through to the Masters this morning. 

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Rope Wrenching in the Lower Hutt CBD

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, April 27, 2012

 

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More pulley porn: ART rework the Cocoon pulley

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, April 26, 2012

The DMM Pinto and DMM Pinto Rig pulleys were described as 'Cocoon killers' by market pundits when they were first launched - and there is some truth in this claim. 

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This is tree climbing - let this one run, the second half!

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, April 25, 2012

 

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Wirecore fliplines due for the scrapheap?

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wirecore fliplines are about as traditional as you could get in tree work - BUT they might also become a thing of the past. 

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True legends at work!

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, April 23, 2012

 

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Treescape's Shaun Hardman jumps five spots in Top 20

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, April 23, 2012
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ArbTalk announces Arborist Apps for Smartphones

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, April 21, 2012

ArbTalks's popular knot and fungi directories are now available for download as a Smartphone Application. Once the application is loaded onto your Smartphone the data can be accessed without telecommunications reception which will be a real bonus in some areas. 

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More on the Rock 2 Tree filming project

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, April 20, 2012

 

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New team members sought for 'The Best Small Business in the World'

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, April 19, 2012

Being the Best Small Business in the World is no easy task! Just ask the team at Beaver Tree and Landscaping in Christchurch… and they should know, they picked up the prestigious Action Business Coaching title of 'The Best Small Business in the World' back in 2011. 

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There is always a market for quality: Tom Yale, Yale Cordage

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, April 19, 2012

 

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Tree climbing harness market due for (another) shake up

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Poor old Buckingham! Once upon a time (in New Zealand at least) Buckingham dominated the tree climbing harness market. Now, they are barely on the radar screen. 

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Petzl Vizir preparation for clear, un-distorted vision

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The long-awaited Petzl Vizir, the clear, helmet-attached eye protection for Alveo and Vertex helmets has been a bit if a fizzer for some customers.  

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Wellington Botanic Gardens for 2012 National TCC

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, April 16, 2012

The trees in the Wellington Botanic Gardens, off Glenmore Street, are confirmed as the venue for the 2012 New Zealand National Tree Climbing Competition, October 27-28. 

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Palm pruning USA stylz

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, April 16, 2012

 

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Why do smart arborists do dumb things?

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, April 13, 2012

The Treetools store is akin to arb central in Auckland: climbers, groundies, contractors and company owners often gather at the end of the day and on the weekend to swap stories.  

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Treescape climbers dominate kiwi 2012 Asia-Pacific TCC team

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, April 12, 2012

Three of the six qualifying 2012 Asia-Pacific Regional TCC climbers work for Treescape: Jawand Nga Chun, David Stejskal and Zane Wedding. Treescape invests heavily in their tree climbers and the results speak for themselves. 

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Milverton Park makes excellent venue for Open Masters Challenge

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, April 11, 2012

 

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We don't know how lucky we are!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Numerous international tree climbers have graced the doors of Treetools over the last few weeks. Most of them have spent at least a couple of hours in the shop (which is very easy to do). While at Treetools they have had the opportunity to catch up with working arborists who happen by. 

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Pencil in Monday 9 April for the Milverton Park Open Masters

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, April 04, 2012

 

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New iclimb.inc filming project underway - more soon!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, April 03, 2012

 

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More on 8mm Armor-Prus Polyester

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, April 03, 2012
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Petzl RIG for aerial arborists? Yes… BUT!

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, April 02, 2012

According to the Petzl RIG User Instructions and the supplementary Product Experience sheet the RIG is certified to EN 12841-C but must be used in conjunction with a Type A back-up device attached to a second line to comply with the standard.  

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The Scott Forrest Legends Foundation tops $1000

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, March 31, 2012

Scott Forrest's Legends Foundation is less than a month old and it has already generated $1000 in contributions. The Legends Foundation, established by current world champion tree climber Scott Forrest, is a sponsorship mechanism designed to provide financial support to kiwi tree climbers who qualify for international TCC events. 

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Duck Oil carabiner lubricant surpasses graphite powder

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, March 30, 2012

Graphite powder was commonly used by New Zealand tree climbers for re-lubricating the barrel on sticky carabiners. Until the visit to NZ by Treemagineers Chris Cowell and Mark Bridge back in August 2011 graphite powder was the only option available. 

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Class I splice on 8mm Armor Prus Polyester good-to-go

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, March 29, 2012

New Zealand rope manufacturer Donaghys has been market testing 8mm Armor Prus Polyester since July last year. 

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Delay on New England Ropes at Treetools

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, March 28, 2012

 

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Don't rely solely on ratings and certification when configuring gear

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, March 27, 2012

You have dreamed up the latest and greatest gear configuration: all the components have certification or ratings clearly displayed, and the system appears to work - so it must be good-to-go! 

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Central Districts hosts another Open Masters

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, March 25, 2012

Central Districts Tree Climbing is planning another Open Masters Challenge following the success of the River City Open earlier in the year - if you are passing through Palmerston North during the Easter break set aside Easter Monday, April 9 for a climb in Milverton Park. 

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Drew Bristow: in the news again!

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, March 22, 2012

There's no stopping this guy! Check out the latest story in today's Otago Daily Times featuring Drew Bristow, of DB Tree and Climb Every Thing fame, tackling NZ's tallest (known) tree, the 80m Orokunui eucalyptus in Dunedin. 

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2012 NTCA Otaua Tree Climbers Gathering photographs now on Flickr

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, March 20, 2012

2012 NTCA Otaua Gathering  

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NTCA have the right formula

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, March 19, 2012

Anyone who has organized a tree climbing event can understand the apprehension before the big day (or weekend): will anyone actually turn up? Have we got enough food? Will they enjoy themselves? Will we be able to keep them amused? Will they leave saying 'that was the best weekend I've had in ages'? 

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DMM gear appeals to tree climbing innovators

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, March 16, 2012

Shiny new climbing hardware always attracts attention but there is something about the DMM product that brings out the innovator in tree climbers - maybe the DMM designers planned it that way! 

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ITCC TAC Performance Criteria should be a real step forward!

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, March 15, 2012

A number of high profile, international, height safety manufacturers have visited Treetools, in Auckland, over the last week.  

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Legends Tour excites competition tree climbers

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spending a few hours, one-on-one, with the world champion is a dream most competitive tree climbers would give their eye teeth for! Thanks to Treetools they don't have to go that far! 

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Hard Head felling wedges due soon

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How much innovation can go into the humble felling wedge? Quite a bit apparently. 

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Weather looks good for being up trees, up north, this weekend!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The weatherman predicts a fine Saturday and Sunday for the second annual NTCA Tree Climbers Gathering at Otaua in Northland. 

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Climb Every Thing Zane Wedding in action

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, March 12, 2012

 

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(Auckland ) Tree Rules - the full story!

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, March 09, 2012

Auckland's new tree regulations, relative to the Resource Management Act, which came into effect on January 1, 2012 were designed to streamline and simplify the city's tree management process.  

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World champion, Scott Forrest, launches Legends Foundation

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, March 08, 2012

 

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When does SRT Ascent become SRT Work Positioning?

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Prior to the NZ Arbor/Husqvarna Auckland Regional TCC last Saturday the ITCC advised all Head Judge(s) and Technician(s) that Single Rope Work Positioning was not allowed in ISA TCC sanctioned events. 

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2012 Auckland Regional photographs now on Flickr

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, March 05, 2012
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Donaghys Cougar Blue debuts on New Zealand market

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, March 05, 2012

Treetools should have Donaghys much anticipated 11.7mm climbing line, Cougar Blue, available for sale by the end of the week. 

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Rob Fisher plays in the big league

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, March 04, 2012

Ex-pat kiwi arborist, turned professional photographer (with a little help from Treetools Rob Fisher has one of his photographs featured on the front cover of the 2012 Sherrill Catalog. 

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Jawand Nga Chun lifts the Auckland crown for 2012

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, March 03, 2012

Saturday's weather bomb turned out to be a fizzer in Western Park - it was just another day at work for the tree climbers in the 2012 NZ Arbor/Husqvarna Auckland Regional TCC. 

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Weather bomb may dampen spirits for Auckland TCC

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, March 02, 2012

WeatherWatch head analyst Philip Duncan is predicting a potential 'weather bomb' to hit Auckland tomorrow morning, right about the time Auckland tree climbers commence their annual regional tree climbing competition. 

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Climb Every Thing promo video on YouTube

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, March 01, 2012

 

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Self rescue: vital skill for SRT ascent

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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Masters event planned for 2012 Auckland Regional TCC

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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Important announcement from ITCC: to those less informed!

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, February 25, 2012

Talk about a public relations nightmare! The ITCC Safety and Advisories department seems to have an uncanny knack for stuffing things up! 

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Unsung NZ champion: Nicky Ward-Allen

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, February 25, 2012

Go out and buy a copy of today's Weekend Herald.  

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'Complete and Utter Hypocrisy' rant on Tree Buzz

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, February 23, 2012

As an addendum to yesterdays Rope Wrench blog post, interested parties should put aside half an hour to read the Complete and Utter Hypocrisy thread on Tree Buzz. 

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Dramatic tests for Singing Tree Rope Wrench

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Treetools has seen a couple of very dramatic 'tests' recently which demonstrate how easily the Rope Wrench can be pulled down onto the friction hitch, in theory sending the climber plummeting to the ground.  

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Treetools visitor and pageview numbers continue to rise

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, February 21, 2012

After reading about the Nick Pott arbjobs.com visitor numbers today (a very respectable 12,000 visitors per month) we thought we'd take a look at Treetools web traffic as a point of reference. 

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Popular Silky Gomtaro has a new competitor… from Silky!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Silky Gomtaro and its curved blade brother, the Silky Zubat dominate the NZ handsaw market for arborists - to date nothing else has come close to knocking these two saws off their perch. 

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UK-based website helps New Zealand arb employers

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Last weeks 'Asplundh' blog post regarding labor shortages in the NZ arb market has sparked a flood of comments from Treetools customers both in the store and over the phone - it appears every tree company in New Zealand is looking for staff! 

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Friday 13 ATRAES Tree Climbing Masterclass

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, February 20, 2012

You have to admit, a tree climbing masterclass held on Friday 13, featuring two of the world's greatest practical jokers, Joe Harris and Scott Forrest, sounds like a piss take but Brad Bowden tells us this West Australian masterclass is for real!  

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Craig Webb needs a helping hand

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, February 18, 2012

NZ Arbor Husqvarna Auckland Regional TCC organizer Craig Webb is looking for help with judging, set-up etc at the 2012 event scheduled for Saturday March 3 in Western Park, Ponsonby – if you can lend a hand, get hold of Craig Webb or Matt Palmer and let them know your intentions. Every little bit helps! 

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Buckingham Ergovation EN ratings questioned

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, February 16, 2012

Since posting the Petzl Sequoia lanyard attachment point blog earlier in the week Treetools has fielded numerous calls from Buckingham Ergovation owners telling us their harness is OK (EN 813 certified) for 'suspension' from the lower D's as we described in the Treemotion 'sit' test. 

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Register now for 2012 Auckland comp!

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, February 16, 2012

NO ON-THE-DAY WALK UPS! That's the word from this years NZ Arbor/Husqvarna Auckland Regional TCC organizers so register now. 

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Petzl Sequoia 'rings' OK for lanyard attachment; well…kind of!

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Treemotion harness has many features that other harness manufacturers like to copy (if possible). One such feature is the use of the lower D-rings for work positioning lanyard attachment. 

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Arb staff shortages cause concern

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Treetools has blogged about arborist staff shortages in New Zealand on numerous occasions. 

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More tests required on toothed-cam ascenders

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, February 13, 2012

 

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Treework hazards beyond height safety

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, February 10, 2012

 

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Petzl approves use of top hole on hand ascenders?

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, February 09, 2012

To date there has been no official documentation (from hand ascender manufacturers at least) endorsing the use of top holes on these devices for life support connection. 

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The Oakwood boys should be in the movie business!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, February 07, 2012

 

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Guy Clark enters kiwi TCC history books

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, February 06, 2012

Asplundh Auckland aerial arborist Guy Clark is the first competitor to use the Rope Wrench climbing single line in an 'official' New Zealand Tree Climbing Competition. Generally speaking single line work positioning is frowned upon in kiwi TCC events so this is certainly one for the history books! 

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More on Rope Wrench/ART Lockjack combination

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, February 05, 2012

Click on the Ian Flatters comment above and re-read the previous blog post before you have a look at the YouTube clip below. RAD refers to Rapid Ascent/Descent is case you are wondering. 

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Everyone a winner at the 2012 Taranaki Open TCC

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, February 04, 2012

2012 Taranaki Open TCC  

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Inside information regarding Taranaki Open Aerial Rescue

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, February 02, 2012

Knowledge is power… so they say! 

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Log Weight Calculator smart phone app required!

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, February 02, 2012

The ubiquitous smart phone is taking over the world!  

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Don't forget - WINTEC open day this afternoon

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, February 01, 2012

 

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Weather looks promising for the 'naki

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The first tree competition for the year - the Taranaki Open - is on this weekend (Saturday February 4) in Stratford and the weatherman tells us the sun will be shining! 

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European Norm 1891 from A-to-B

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Yale Blaze is a very popular climbing line - tree climbers who acclimatize to the 11mm diameter remain very loyal to the rope and virtually always replace like-for-like when their Blaze climbing line finally does give up the ghost. 

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New England Ropes coming your way soon

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, January 28, 2012

Ropes from New England, including Tachyon (the US version), KM III, HRC Thermashield and the new ascent line Escalator will soon be available in New Zealand. 

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Tree Austria 3.1: evolution never stops!

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, January 27, 2012

The Franz Kreuzeder designed Tree Austria harness was one of the first ultra lightweight European aerial arborist harnesses available.  

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Singing Tree Rope Wrench with ART Spiderjack?

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, January 26, 2012

 

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Open Day for WINTEC Wednesday, February first.

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WINTEC Arboriculture in the Waikato have produced some of the best aerial arborists in the world. 

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Aerial rescue: vital training for arborists

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, January 24, 2012

There is an excellent Aerial Rescue (Part 1) article in the latest edition of Arb Climber written by Jo Hedger and Ade Scott.. 

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NTCA 2012 Otaua Tree Climbers Gathering begins to take shape

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, January 23, 2012

 

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Taranaki Open on facebook

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, January 19, 2012

Event organizer Nicky Ward-Allen has posted the Taranaki Open on facebook - if you are planning to attend click the 'going' button now! 

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Renewed interest in Beal Uni Core following 'frog' drop tests

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, January 18, 2012

 

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ART innovation for 2012

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Treetools touched on the subject of ART innovation late last year but many readers managed to overlook the detail, preferring instead to get lost in Joe Harris's Spiderjack instructional video (and we can understand why). 

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First issue hard copy of Arb Climber available now

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The first issue of Arb Climber arrived this afternoon instore - there is nothing like the smell of fresh ink! Copies of Arb Climber are available now for immediate delivery. 

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DB Tree drop tests confirm Rope Wrench grip-ability

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, January 16, 2012

 

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Zip lining: nice 'n easy with Wouter

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, January 13, 2012

 

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Climb the tallest white gum in the world with Matt Glen

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, January 13, 2012

 

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More on the Petzl Shunt caution

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, January 12, 2012

 

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Full time arboriculture lecturer position, Otago

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, January 12, 2012

Arboriculture Lecturer, School of Architecture, Building and Engineering 

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Important blog post from iClimbinc

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Singapore-based tree climber/blogger Jordan Glossop from iClimbinc has blogged about the January 10, 2012 caution notice from Petzl regarding the Petzl Shunt when used in rope access as a backup device (towed by a cord). 

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Rope Wrench popularity gathers momentum

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Kevin Bingham's Singing Tree Rope Wrench tends to polarize opinion - you either love it or hate it (or are ambivalent towards the subject of SRT altogether). 

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PulleySAVER retrieval shackle revisited

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, January 09, 2012

When you are familiar with a product it can be very easy to (almost) forget some its idiosyncrasies.  

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Young guns hold key to future

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, January 06, 2012

Travel around New Zealand and you'll appreciate the depth of talent we have in this country for tree climbing.  

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Cranes and trees: what's the problem?

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, January 05, 2012

Our sympathies go out to the family of this poor bugger but what the hell is going on here? 

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River City Open Masters now on Flickr

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, January 05, 2012
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Open Masters: a success formula

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The Open Masters event has proved to be an excellent formula for competitive tree climber training and development. 

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2011 - a big year for New Zealand tree climbing

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, December 24, 2011

2011 is almost over and what a fantastic year it has been for the New Zealand tree climbing community! 

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2012 ITCC volunteers needed

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, December 24, 2011

If you are planning on attending the 2012 ISA Conference in Portland, Oregon (USA) it is not too early to get your name on the list of volunteers to assist with the 2012 International Tree Climbing Championship at Laurelhurst Park on August 11-12. 

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Kowhai Park for River City Open Masters, early January 2012

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, December 23, 2011

 

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Excellent first issue for Arb Climber magazine

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, December 22, 2011

Arb Climber publishers didn't quite meet the October deadline for their first issue but the wait has not diminished the quality. The digital copy of Arb Climber is available now for download from their website and Treetools will have magazine hard copies available in-store early next year. 

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Pack your bags for Tassie - Hobart likely for 2012 APTCC

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, December 22, 2011

Its definite! Next years Asia-Pacific Regional TCC will be held in Australia for the third time since its inception in 2008. Hong Kong is now off the radar for the 2012 event. 

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ART Spiderjack lessons from the maestro: Joe Harris

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, December 21, 2011

 

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The secret to treeMOTION longevity revealed by Mark Bridge

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, December 20, 2011

For the second year in a row, the treeMOTION is the most popular tree climbing harness sold by Treetools. In an effort to knock the treeMOTION off its perch, competitors have fueled the notion the harness might be too lightweight and not capable of standing up to the rigors of tree work but… history has proved them wrong! 

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TreeMOTION 'Comfort' back pad instore soon

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, December 20, 2011

New Zealand tree climbers had first glimpse of the new TreeMOTION 'Comfort' back pad during the WEL sponsored Treemagineers workshops back in August … and they have been hanging out for them ever since. 

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Taranaki climb will test tree climbers

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, December 19, 2011

 

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Temporary winch-head upgrade for GRCS

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, December 19, 2011

The standard configuration GRCS (Good Rigging Control System) utilises the Harken 46 self-tailing winch. The number 46 in the moniker refers to the power ratio of the winch. This means the Harken 46 has a power ratio of 46:1 in its final gear. For every kilo of weight put into the handle there is 46 kilos of output (or lifting/pulling power). 

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Auckland Tree Rules update from the Auckland City Council

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, December 17, 2011

There were a number of Auckland City Council/arborist meetings conducted last week in an effort to clarify the situation regarding the new Auckland City Tree Rules effective January 1, 2012. 

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A taste of Paradise from Marlies Laser

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, December 16, 2011

 

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Phoenix Palm meets Englishman (or is it the other way round?)

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, December 16, 2011

Effervescent Englishman Gareth Wood, famous for the Tree Botanics section on his website ArborTechniX, found out first hand the brutal nature of sub-tropical plants while dead-fronting and reducing a Phoenix Palm on Tuesday. 

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NTCA Agathis Fund reaches $4000 milestone

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, December 16, 2011

One year since inception, the Northland Tree Climbers Association Agathis Fund has raised just over $4000. The Agathis Fund was established by NTCA founders Joe Cooper and Troy Alderton in November 2010 and is administered by the association. 

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Jawand Ngau Chun leads new climber rankings

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, December 15, 2011

The NZ Arbor Top 20 climber ranking system, devised by Neal Harding, has had an overhaul. Essentially, the revised climber ranking system is based on potential points gained in achieving the 'perfect climb' consistently - the final ranking is calculated on the highest points gained over the previous six preliminary TCC climbs.  

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Tentative dates for TC activites early in the New Year

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Below are listed the tentative, some unconfirmed, dates for tree climbing activities planned for the New Year. Craig Webb told Treetools the 2012 NZ Arbor Husqvarna Auckland Regional TCC would probably take place in Western Park, Ponsonby on Saturday 3 March but he suggested checking the NZ Arbor website closer to the time. 

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Fancy Jerry Lynch's polytech job for 2013?

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Otago Polytechnic are looking for someone to take over Jerry Lynch's arb tutoring position in 2013.  

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Busy start to the year for New Zealand tree climbing

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The 2011 year is almost over but climbers are already well into planning for next years events. There are a number of tree climber gatherings taking place during January, February and March - lets' hope your weekends are not double-booked. 

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The Open Masters Challenge for those who couldn't make it!

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, December 12, 2011

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Single rope work positioning: the official ITCC statement

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, December 12, 2011

The term SRT (Single Rope Technique) is widely used in tree climbing. But the acronym has two different meanings relative to tree work and this often results in poor communication. 

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Jensen chippers now available in New Zealand

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, December 11, 2011

A tracked German-made A530 6-inch chipper has been doing the rounds in Auckland over the last few weeks as part of a promotional effort by the NZ Jensen distributor, Tauranga-based Alfa Contracts. 

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Hamish Fraser takes home the Cougar Blue

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, December 10, 2011

Cambridge climber (kiwi, ex-Melbourne) Hamish Fraser won today's Open Masters Challenge in the oaks at Monte Cecelia Park, Auckland taking home the Donahys Cougar Blue kindly donated by event organizer Matt Glen. Other prizes were provided by Treetools. 

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Caution advised when using the Singing Tree Rope Wrench

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, December 08, 2011

The Singing Tree Rope Wrench is slowly making its presence felt in the New Zealand tree climbing market following extensive promotion out of the United States. 

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Open invitation from Auckland City Council to arborists

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The Auckland City Council Consents Department wants to get the message across: CHECK BEFORE YOU CHOP! 

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Monte Cecilia Park for Saturday's Open Masters Challenge

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Open Masters Challenge organiser Matt Glen has announced Monte Cecilia Park in Mt Roskill as the venue for this Saturday's (December 10, 2011) Open Masters Challenge. 

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New, cheaper rigging lines add to complexity

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, December 05, 2011

Most arborists would agree: tree rigging is a complicated business. 

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BPG for Tree Climbing launch photographs now on Flickr

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, December 03, 2011

WINTEC BPG for Tree Climbing Launch 

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Pencil in the weekend of March 17-18, 2012

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, December 02, 2011

 

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The first (and last) Open Masters Challenge for 2011

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, December 01, 2011

 

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ISC extends popular triple-action snap hook range

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, November 30, 2011

ISC Wales have taken the triple-action snap hook to the next level by adding a swivel eye as the base connector, similar in style to the current ISC Twister

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Knowledge 'gaps' apparent in tree climber education

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The WINTEC Best Practice Guideline for Tree Climbing was launched in Hamilton on Saturday 26 November 2011.  

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More lessons with aussie No:1 Joe Harris

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, November 28, 2011

 

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Tree consents: it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings!

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, November 25, 2011

Auckland arborists planning to make hay while the sun shines (in January) may have to re-think their marketing plans: the Auckland City Council has advised arborists and property owners that resource consent may still be required for tree removal and/or severe pruning. 

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Kong woos tree climbing professionals with new gear for 2012

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, November 25, 2011

Kong is positioning itself to woo back tree climbers following a couple of years in the marketing wilderness (remember the Kong ring saga. 

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Falteimer rules in the cube wars

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, November 24, 2011

For years now climbers have complained about the price of the Faltheimer throwline cube. Every new offering to enter the market is received with great enthusiasm by climbers, especially the less expensive options… but none seem to be as robust as the original. 

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2012 Hong Kong Asia-Pacific TCC too hot to handle

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It appears regional ISA politics has led to a change in venue for the 2012 Asia-Pacific Tree Climbing Championship - the 2012 event was planned for Hong Kong but it is now likely to be held on the east coast of Australia instead.  

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It's the WINTEC BPG for Tree Climbing (not Arboriculture)

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Yes, it was a typo after all! There is only one BPG for New Zealand Arboriculture (thank goodness). 

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Scotty Sharpe's Rope Rocket revisited?

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, November 22, 2011

 

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DMM show their support for New Zealand

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, November 21, 2011

DMM is one of the first tree climbing gear manufacturers to start showcasing product for 2012. DMM, Teufelberger and the Treemagineers donated a pile of 'demo' gear to the Association back in August following the Treemagineers successful tour down under. 

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Here's some crane work for you

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, November 19, 2011

 

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'Circle of death' Advisory Notice from NZ Arbor

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, November 18, 2011

NZ Arbor released an Advisory Notice today regarding lanyard compression on problem trees. 

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Victorian TCC pics now available from Fisher Photo

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rob Fisher from Fisher Photo Industry has uploaded a series of excellent photographs taken at the 2011 Victorian Tree Climbing Comp (VTIO) held last weekend at the Commonwealth Reserve in Williamstown, west Melbourne.  

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Two Best Practice Gudielines for NZ arboriculture?

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, November 17, 2011

The NZ Arbor BPG saga continues… or is it just a simple typo? 

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Rope nerds bible from Samson

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The latest Arborist catalog from Samson will become the rope nerds bible - it's packed with vital rope data in an easy-to-digest format. 

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Inaugural Hackfalls Arborcamp a huge success

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hackfalls Arborcamp 2011 

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Treework: if it can happen; it will happen!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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What's the tensile strength of your rigging rope?

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, November 10, 2011

Quality arborist blocks have the Minimum Break Strength (MBS) and Safe Working Load (SWL) or Working Load Limit (WLL) clearly visible to the user. The SWL or WLL figure for rigging hardware is typically based on a 5:1 safety factor relative to the MBS. 

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Escalator: New Englands latest ascent line

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Someone at New England Ropes deserves a kick in the pants! The company has gone to all the bother (and expense) of producing a new ascent line and all Treetools can tell you is exactly that: New England Ropes have launched a new ascent line called Escalator: why struggle to the top? Just take the escalator! 

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Hackfalls arborcamp/working bee this weekend in gizzy

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Break out your camping gear for the first of the summer arbor camps (it's always summer in Gisborne) - the Hackfalls Arboretum arborcamp and working bee is this coming weekend in Tiniroto, Gisborne. 

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Samson Ropes: one size does not fit all

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, November 07, 2011

The metaphorical ink has barely dried on the page since our 'Rope innovation required' blog of October 14 and Samson Ropes have launched the new 24-strand, 12.7mm Vortex climbing line onto the international market. 

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pulleySaver mods solve Pinto Rig sheave damage issue

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, November 05, 2011

The load-bearing becket on the DMM Pinto Rig is both a blessing and a curse. The blessings are obvious but the curse only manifests itself in certain situations. 

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Labour woes continue for NZ arb companies

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, November 04, 2011

The New Zealand labour market for aerial arborists began to tighten earlier in the year. The trend first became apparent in the provinces but today even the larger urban companies are beginning to feel the pinch. 

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A victim of our own success!

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, November 03, 2011

Treetools is an advocate for climbing (and rigging) education: through official providers like WINTEC, Otago Polytech, Pro Climb or Thought Planters. Or through the unofficial 'retail education' channel Treetools provides in store. 

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Stein setting the pace for gear development

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Your average, everyday hard working arborist is very thankful the Stein brand exists. Real value for money is a sort after commodity and that is what Stein is all about. 

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Scheduled server maintenance might cause issues

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, October 31, 2011

Treetools will update the database and server infrastructure for our website and blog between 31 October and 2 November. There may be some disruption to service, possibly up to one minute, generating a '404 page Not Found' message when you visit. It's nothing major, so please bear with us. 

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Beal Dynastat a move in the right direction

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, October 29, 2011

Second place-getter in the Work Category of the 2011 Treephoto Competition and regular blog reader Laurent Pierron sent us a link to 10.5 mm Beal Dynastat, suggesting this new rope as a possible solution to the access line innovation we blogged about earlier in the month. 

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Into Trees, Joe Harris features in new ISC Catalog

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, October 28, 2011

Photographs of popular aussie climber Joe Harris feature on the new, still under construction, ISC website and in the arborist section of their 2012 catalog. 

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James Kilpatrick's SRT set-up under the microscope

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, October 27, 2011

James Kilpatrick and our other 'international' tree climbing stars are probably blissfully unaware of the fact their climbing set-ups are picked over with a fine-tooth comb following every Masters climb… and this year was no exception. 

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Chrissy Spence retires from competitve tree climbing

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Three times woman's ITCC winner and reigning woman's tree climbing champion Chrissy Spence has announced her retirement from competitive climbing. Chrissy will not compete for the world title at the 2012 ITCC event in Portland. 

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Nationals photographs ready to view on Flickr

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, October 26, 2011

2011 NZ Arbor/Husqvarna NZ TCC  

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Singing Tree Rope Wrench launches new website

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Singing Tree Rope Wrench is possibly the least understood bits of kit currently available on the market! Only die-hard SRT (Single Rope Technique) proponents seem to have any idea as to its application and benefits. 

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DMM Rigging Hub discussion underway on TreeBuzz

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, October 24, 2011

US-based Treemagineers promoter Taylor Hamel has started a thread on TreeBuzz dedicated to the DMM Rigging Hub - large and small (and it is worth visiting for rigging ideas). 

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Nicky Ward-Allen and James Kilpatrick win the 2011 NZ Nationals

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, October 23, 2011

Nicky Ward-Allen and James Kilpatrick took top positions in the Masters event at the NZ Arbor/Husqvarna National TCC in Masterton this afternoon. Nicky and James will join fellow kiwis Chrissy Spence and Scott Forrest at the ITCC in Portland, Oregon, USA in July 2012. 

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Day One 2011 NZ Arbor/Husqvarna TCC hard to call

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, October 22, 2011

There were a few frustrated tree climbers following Day One of the National competition in Masterton today with a number of Throw Line DQs for high profile competitors including James Kiltpatrick, Shaun Hardman and Toby Kenneally. 

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Big weekend for New Zealand tree climbers

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Labour Weekend, Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton, 2011 NZ Arbor/Husqvarna Tree Climbing Championships - only a few days away now! And the weather looks like it will hold out. 

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Worn alloy rings and carabiners: how bad is bad?

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The question has been asked regarding visible wear on anodized tree climbing hardware, particularly alloy rings and carabiners - how bad does the wear have to be before the decision is made not to climb. 

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An interview with Jo Hedger

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, October 17, 2011

 

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Dirty rope plays havoc with ringed cambium savers

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, October 17, 2011

With all the talk about counterfeit product and unmarked rings, climbers a taking a closer look (than usual) at their equipment and the wear apparent on ringed cambium savers is causing some concern. 

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Gumpy (the legend) piss-take - a moment of truth!

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, October 16, 2011

 

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Zane Wedding qualifies for 2011 Queensland TCC Masters

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, October 15, 2011

Climb Everything Zane Wedding has qualified for the Masters event at the Queensland TCC held today at Brennan Park in Dongaree, Queensland. According to reports coming in to Treetools, Zane placed third in the Work Climb, along with fellow kiwi (and Climb Everything compatriot) Matty Smith first in the Throwline event. 

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'How to' for Treemagineers/DMM Rigging Hubs

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, October 15, 2011

 

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DMM by design: no sacrifice to safety

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, October 15, 2011

 

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Access ropes: innovation required!

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, October 14, 2011

 

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Open Masters competition planned for early December

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, October 12, 2011

 

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Innocent Facebook comment causes international furore

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ahhh… the joys of Facebook! You can say pretty much say whatever you like and not have to worry about it (too much). 

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SRT ascent lessons with Joe Harris

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, October 10, 2011

 

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Petzl, Jared Abrogena and iClimb work together

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, October 09, 2011

 

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Counterfeit product continue to cause concern for aerial arborists

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, October 07, 2011

Most of the major tree climbing equipment manufacturers have already begun making noises about counterfeit (and low quality) product entering the market.  

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Tree climbers experiment with the Sterling ATS

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, October 05, 2011


 

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Benchmade Rescue7 tactical cutters make it to Treetools

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, October 04, 2011

 

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2011 Wellington Regional TCC now on Flickr

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, October 03, 2011

 

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Training buddies lead Wellington competition points table

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, October 02, 2011

On-form Clay Winter and a determined Nicky Ward-Allen scooped the top spots at the 2011 Wellington Regional TCC on Saturday. 

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More fun from the westies (Australian that is)

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, October 01, 2011

 

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Spiderjackery II - high risk viewing!

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, September 30, 2011

 

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Last NZ Regional TCC this weekend in Wellington

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wellington will host the last New Zealand Arbor regional tree climbing competition for 2011, prior to the Husqvarna nationals in Masterton next month (22-23 October). 

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Keep your eye on the dynamic lanyard debate

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, September 28, 2011

World champion tree climber Scott Forrest has raised a couple of questions regarding the heat resistance of dynamic lanyards - see the comments below - this blog post is worth following. 

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More confusion regarding pulley MBS, WLL and SWL

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cynics will say "tree climbing equipment manufacturers deliberately publish conflicting figures to confuse the market" but it is doubtful that is the case. 

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'Dust and Sweat' by Ewan Marshall wins the Work Category

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, September 26, 2011

The magnificent photograph titled 'Dust and Sweat' by Ewan Marshall, Sydney has been judged the winner of the Work Category, Treephoto 2011 Competition. Ewan picks up the large DMM Impact Block from Treetools. 

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Matt Glen says YES! to technical tree removal

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, September 25, 2011

 

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2011 Treephoto Competition winners announced tomorrow

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Treephoto Competition organizers, Joe Harris and Jeremie Thomas, will announce the 2011 winners on Sunday 25 September - we'll keep you posted! 

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Dynamic lanyard/Trango Cinch debate revisited

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, September 23, 2011

Treemagineers Chris Cowell and Mark Bridge opened the dynamic lanyard debate at their Hamilton workshop early in August when they suggested the Trango Cinch was not suitable for use with either tree climbing lines or ultra-static Armor Prus. 

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Kiwi opportunities abound to 2012 ITCC, Portland

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kiwi tree climbers should be making the very most of the 2011 round of regional tree climbing competitions, since we have six opportunities to attend the 2012 ITCC in Laurelhurst Park, Portland, Oregon, USA.  

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International judging for 2011 Treephoto Competition

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The final results for the 2011 Treephoto Competition are to be announced soon. The 2011 Treephoto judging panel is truly international. Competition organizers Joe Harris and Jeremie Thomas should be congratulated on bringing together such a widely dispersed group, glued together by a passion for tree climbing. 

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NTCA Aerial Rescue update by Johno Smith

Andy Mundell, Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hopefully the work by the NTCA inspires other tree climbers and individuals to do more in their communities and for the kids. 

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More on the Treemagineers CELanyard with Taylor Hamel

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, September 19, 2011

 

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2011 Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional photographs now on Flickr

Richard Tregoweth, Sunday, September 18, 2011

2011 Waikato/BoP Regional TCC  

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WINTEC student packs his bags for Masterton

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, September 17, 2011

Following in the footsteps of WINTEC alumnus Scott Forrest and James Kilpatrick, 2011 student Noel Galloway has won a spot at the 2011 Husqvarna/NZ Arbor National Tree Climbing Championships scheduled for Masterton in October. 

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Carabiner side-load complacency not good for your health

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, September 15, 2011

You would be surprised at the number of tree climbers who claim carabiner 'side-loading' is not common in tree work. 

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Battery power preparing to take on the world!

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, September 14, 2011

 

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Both tree climbing events this weekend likely to be damp!

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Due to unfortunate scheduling there happens to be two important New Zealand tree climbing events planned for this weekend: the NZ Arbor/Husqvarna 2011 Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional TCC in Hamilton and the NTCA Aerial Rescue Practice Day and Open Forum in Whangarei. 

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DMM Pinto Spacers now in stock

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The DMM Pinto spacer saga started back in March with the release of the Pinto Rig. Kiwi's, impatient for the launch of the genuine spacer, milled up their own versions from aluminum and Nylex. 

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New 'hybrid' climbers from Stein set to shake up the market

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, September 12, 2011

 

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NZ Arbor/Husqvarna National TCC - call for volunteers

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, September 08, 2011

The following is a Husqvarna National's update from Neal Harding: 

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Jump-cut lessons from Murphy Trees

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, September 07, 2011

 

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Short arms made long with the Stein Mini-Reach!

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, September 06, 2011

 

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Stein AB Descender suitable as basal anchor lowering device

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Petzl certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons when they suggested the Grigri was not appropriate for treework. 

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Parana Park Hamilton East for this years Waikato/BoP TCC

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, September 05, 2011



Regional competition coordinator Andy Harrison has confirmed Parana Park off Memorial Drive in Hamilton East as the venue for the 2011 Waikato/BoP.  

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2011 South Island Regional TCC photographs now on Flickr

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, September 05, 2011


Photographs taken by Treetools at the 2011 South Island Regional TCC, Burnside Park, Christchurch on Saturday September 3, are now available for viewing on Flickr.
 

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Confirmed venue for NTCA Aerial Rescue practice day

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, September 05, 2011



The Northland boys have scheduled an Aerial Rescue Practice Day and Open Forum for Saturday 17 September, Awa Glade, Tikipunga -  the physical address is 56 Boundary Road, Tikipunga, Whangarei. 

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Toby Kenneally back with a bang!

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, September 03, 2011

After a four year break from competitive tree climbing, Christchurch arborist Toby Kenneally made up for his absence by winning the mens division of the 2011 South Island Regional TCC in Christchurch today. Dunedin climber Elena O'Neill won the womens division. 

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Comments facility censored due to abuse of the system

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, September 02, 2011
Regular readers of the Treetools blog will be familiar with the 'Comments' facility we provide.   Read More
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Weatherman says 'good to go' for South Island Regional TCC

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, September 01, 2011

The MetService forecast predicts improving weather for the 2011 Husqvarna NZ Arbor South Island Regional TCC at Burnside Park this Saturday in Christchurch.  

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New England Ropes USA steps up their game

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, August 31, 2011




Here is latest 'commercial' from New England Ropes. Note the references to Tachyon and the Treemotion. New England Ropes is the American arm of Teufelberger, Austria hence the crossover products.  

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Pulley ratings: it's like comparing apples with pears

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Equipment ratings, in general, can be confusing at the best of times but the information laser etched on the plates of the   Read More
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NZ arborist company voted the best small business in the world

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, August 29, 2011

Beaver Trees and Landscaping in Christchurch has been judged one of the best small businesses in the world. Well done guys - another world record for New Zealand arboriculture! 

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Test 'climbing system' impossible to break

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, August 29, 2011
Testing the break-strength of equipment is commonplace at Treetools. It's quite normal for us to pull rope tools and/or hardware apart until they break - all in the name of tree climber safety.  Read More
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Husqvarna NZAA 2011 NTCC info available from NZ Arbor

Richard Tregoweth, Monday, August 29, 2011



Where is Masterton exactly? No more excuses please, just download the flyer. The 2011 National Tree Climbing Championship start in Masterton on Friday 21 October with the main event on Saturday and Sunday (22-23 October).  

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Tree climbing product development continues apace

Richard Tregoweth, Friday, August 26, 2011

Dutch-based Shizll is a new manufacturer of tree climbing hardware. Their marketing strategy is based on simplicity - tree climbing without all the bells and whistles… and there is something to be said for that sentiment in this 'recall' world of ours.  

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Tree climbing boots - another option already superceded

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, August 25, 2011

"Which boots are best?" is a common question asked by tree climbers. The most popular tree climbing boot to date is the Scarpa Pro Ascent. But this boot may have reached its peak in popularity with tree climbers.  

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