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Climbing and Rigging

This ArborPod™ series offers videos that can help an arborist identify parts of a line; select and use the appropriate knots; and learn about other equipment, resources, and techniques valuable in a variety of climbing and rigging scenarios. Click on the headphones above to subscribe to this series!

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Chainsaw Safety November 25, 2016 Ken Palmer and Rip Tompkins runs through the safe use of a chainsaw, explaining reactive forces, and proper grip and body position when making a cut. Play

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Chainsaw Selection October 28, 2016 Rip Tompkins runs through what to look for when picking out a chainsaw for use in the field. Play

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Chainsaw Personal Protective Equipment September 23, 2016 Ken Palmer goes shopping for the best in chainsaw PPE, looking at chainsaw resistant pants and chaps, and how they work to stop a running chainsaw and save a workers leg, and possibly their life. Play

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Blocking with a Speedline August 26, 2016 Rip Tompkins demonstrates blocking out a piece of stem using a speedline to carry the piece over obstacles directly below. Play

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Distance of Fall and Half Hitch vs. Marlin July 22, 2016 Ken Palmer covers two topics in this month’s episode of Climbing and Rigging; first examining if placement of a half hitch in a rigging line when blocking out a stem, can affect how far a piece falls, and the advantages of using a Marlin hitch in the same situation. Play

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Butt-Hitching (Blocking) Techniques part 2 June 24, 2016 Rip Tompkins finishes the job of rigging out a large piece of stem, and shares tips on keeping the climber safe in the process. The accompanying CEU quiz covers the episodes Natural Crotch Rigging Tips, Natural Crotch Top Removal, Top Removal with Arborists’ Block part 1, Top Removal with Arborists’ Block part 2, Butt-Hitching (Blocking) Techniques part 1, and Butt-Hitching (Blocking) Techniques part 2. You can click on the titles to view these podcasts. (A,U,M,T,Bp) Play

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Butt-Hitching (Blocking) Techniques part 1 May 27, 2016 Rip Tompkins demonstrates a work positioning trick with the lanyard, and rigs an arborist’s block in preparation of dropping a large piece of stem, in this month’s edition of the Climbing & Rigging podcast. Play

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Top Removal with Arborist Block part 2 April 22, 2016 Rip Tompkins finishes the job of topping a tree using an arborist’s block, paying particular attention to safe work positioning, and any lean in the piece being cut. Play

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Top Removal with an Arborists' Block part 1 March 25, 2016 Rip Tompkins demonstrates taking the top out of a tree using an arborist’s block rigged below the cut. In this first part he sets up the rigging paying particular attention to a safe descent of the large piece once it’s cut, and safety for the climber. Play

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Natural Crotch Top Removal February 26, 2016 Rip Tompkins goes old school and shows a safe an effective method for removing the top of a tree using natural crotch rigging. Play

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Natural-Crotch Rigging Tips January 22, 2016 Sometimes all you need is a rope, as long as you rig it properly. Ken Palmer walks us through two natural-crotch rigging scenarios where getting it right can mean the difference between success and potential failure. Play

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Forces in Top Removal December 25, 2015 Topping a tree can be one of the most dangerous jobs an arborist can do. Ken Palmer and Rip Tompkins walk you through the forces at play, and tips on mitigating those forces, when topping. The accompanying quiz covers the episodes Rigging Force Experiments parts 1 and 2, Dynamometer Drop Tests parts 1 and 2, Work Positioning When Topping, and Forces in Top Removal (A,T,Bp) Play

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