Many of you may have observed how cats, squirrels, leopards and even bears can climb up a tree so fast. It is because they have claws which humans don’t have.
But there is one piece of tree climbing equipment that can use to help you climb up a tree just like the cats. The answer is the tree climbing spikes. As its name implies, this accessory has a metal protruding from the inside of a booted leg and it is this spike that penetrates the bark and even the pulp’s inner layers. With this spike, a person’s weight is supported as he or she ascends the tree and this prevents the occurrence of a dangerous situation.
Spikes come in different material, brands and sizes. Spikes made from steel are the most durable as it ensures your safety up on a tree. The longer ones that measure about two inches are aimed at penetrating a thick and wide bark while shorter spikes about an inch long are ideally used when climbing up a tree with a semi thick bark. People working in a nursery for plants and trees as well as those involved in trimming and cutting of trees are those conscious of the spikes they use to avoid damaging the bark of sapling trees.
Now perhaps you’ve seen in real life or even just on TV how male climbers or utility workers go up a tree with ease. You’re right, they’re using spikes and if you’d like to know how they do it, it actually takes practice.
First off, you will need a high cut boots and make sure it has a solid heel. This is because the spikes will be attached to your shoes specifically to the lower side of your leg. To do this, you will have to get the length of your leg’s lower side and the width of the area where the spikes will be attached.
As you prepare for your climb, first attach your rope to yourself before putting on your boots with the spikes. Once you’ve worn your spikes, check the trunk of the tree up to the top and find out if there are loose barks or soft spots. Remember the parts with thick bark and ensure that there are no harmful insects or animals around.
Now it’s time to put on your harness and begin your climb. Just take one step at a time and always start with your strongest leg. As you ascend, get the feel of your spikes and make sure that they’re deeply penetrating the tree to keep your balance. It’s important to remember not to stab the same area several times as doing so will only soften the bark and may endanger yourself.
Avoid going to the sides but your direction should rather be towards the face of the tree. Also, your chest should be away from the tree and you should be adjusting your line as you go along.
As in any new activity that you get into, practice makes perfect. The base of the tree is the proper place to practice standing on your spikes. This is good for your balance and improving your confidence.