Welcome to ArboristSite.com! Log in or Sign up to interact with the ArboristSite community.

ArboristSite.com Sponsors
 
 


  1. Please see this post Click Here Please ask questions if you have them!! I hope this is going to be great for us all.
    Dismiss Notice

big climber

Discussion in 'Recreational Tree Climbing' started by Bobby Forrest, May 1, 2015.

  1. Bobby Forrest

    Bobby Forrest ArboristSite Lurker

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2015
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    saluda, south carolina
    So I have to ask. At 6' 250 is climbing something I shouldn't be thinking about? Just as a side hobby. My wife's family lives in the mountains in south carolina, And there's some tall trees around there to play on. ThankS.
     
  2. Hoowasat

    Hoowasat ArboristSite Operative

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2013
    Messages:
    360
    Likes Received:
    162
    Location:
    Newport News, VA
    If you're healthy, why not? Go for it.
     
    HusqyStihl likes this.
  3. insane_jumper

    insane_jumper New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2015
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    USA
    I'm 6' 245 and I climb all the time. Its pretty good exercise.
     
  4. Bobby Forrest

    Bobby Forrest ArboristSite Lurker

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2015
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    saluda, south carolina
    If you don't mind my asking what equipment do you use? I've never done this?
     
  5. Peter White

    Peter White PAW

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2014
    Messages:
    123
    Likes Received:
    148
    Location:
    Newbury, MA
    You will spend a lot of dough on climbing equipment. It ain't cheap, and you probably want to buy it new. I invested probably close to $1500 or so to get all my gear, mebbe more. Nice when you get it all together, and it is GREAT exercise. You will feel it after your first few times. Really opens up your options for doing tree work, though. I got the SRT setup and the gaffs all at once, so it was a big cash outlay. Both are a lot of work and you will build strength and endurance quickly if you stay with it. You can probably get into a gaff setup for around $500, but it is nice and safer to climb witha a rope, as a backup to the gaffs, anyway. Good luck. Lots of info around - spend some time surfing and you can learn a lot.
     
  6. insane_jumper

    insane_jumper New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2015
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    USA
    There is a lot of different gear and different styles. I would suggest reading more forum posts and asking a ton of questions. Then try and find someone close to you, to go climbing with if possible. The tree climber's companion is a great book to have and is cheap. Double Rope Technique is an easy way to start. You just need a rope, a saddle and some carabiners. I should warn you, body thrust is hell for a big man.
     
  7. Overwatch

    Overwatch ArboristSite Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2012
    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    southwest Ohio
    I started climbing three years ago at age 43 weighing 255 lb at five foot ten tall....I liked it so much, it provided inspiration for me to lose 25 more lb.
     
    JBA likes this.
  8. HusqyStihl

    HusqyStihl ArboristSite Guru

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2015
    Messages:
    816
    Likes Received:
    363
    Location:
    Nyc
    I'm 6'4" weighing in at 230 or so and i'm all about it, noobie to climbing but definitely looking into getting the combo setup at around 1200 bucks tho. High need for climbers in my area (that are sober and safe) to say the least..

    DO IT! Only have one chance at life, do what you wanna do.

    ~Moose
     
  9. Wayne Wilkinson

    Wayne Wilkinson ArboristSite Operative

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2015
    Messages:
    256
    Likes Received:
    146
    Location:
    Indiana
    6'4 and 215. Been climbing for a bit now, hired a guy that is pretty slick and been climbing for a long time. I have flown a single engine plane, rode a hand full of big bikes, drove fast cars, big trucks little trucks, jumped out of a plane, and honestly think tree climbing and rigging and that goes into removing a hazardous tree is the most exciting thing I have ever taken on. I havent looked back yet and will continue to buy climbing gear to make my job and hobby safer and more enjoyable. Honestly plenty of companies sell starter kits that will get you started. I would recommend buying a kit that has the tree climbers companion. Its an excellent read and full of great information.
     
    JBA likes this.
  10. JBA

    JBA ArboristSite Operative

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2013
    Messages:
    460
    Likes Received:
    550
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pa.
    I'm 6'-3" 265#. Down from 280. All my climbing I'd on spurs for removals for friends and family. It definitely whips you into shape. Love being up in the trees. Gonna look up some SRT info and maybe give it a try
     
  11. HusqyStihl

    HusqyStihl ArboristSite Guru

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2015
    Messages:
    816
    Likes Received:
    363
    Location:
    Nyc
    Do it! Entry level Wespur Rope only kit with some switch-outs and you'll be a happy camper! In the trees
     
  12. Bobby Forrest

    Bobby Forrest ArboristSite Lurker

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2015
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    saluda, south carolina
    Another hobby. My wife will kill me.
     
  13. Wayne Wilkinson

    Wayne Wilkinson ArboristSite Operative

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2015
    Messages:
    256
    Likes Received:
    146
    Location:
    Indiana
    She can't be mad if you make money with your hobby. The only hobbies that piss my old lady off are the ones that drain the bank account. :D
     
    johnnyballs likes this.
  14. Dave6390

    Dave6390 ArboristSite Guru

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2014
    Messages:
    713
    Likes Received:
    1,555
    You've gotta get whip pin' if you're gettin' the RRunner, Buddy!


    Dave6390 in WI
     

Share This Page