Application field:
Tree care

From the Roots to
the Trunk to the Crown

Innovative equipment for a complex field of work

Tree care is a complex field of work! Whether crown care, dead wood removal, pruning, or crown bracing, perfectly-timed professional care measures enable trees to enjoy a long, healthy life and people and nature to live together in harmony. Tree felling and capping also fall within the scope of tree care and must be performed correctly and at the right time.

The right equipment plays a key part in tree-friendly rope climbing techniques. It enables arborists to climb up and down trees efficiently, move freely, and even reach tricky outer branches.

The passion, our inquisitiveness, and our desire for sophisticated, high-quality products drive us to constantly improve our equipment. We want our range of tree-care equipment, which is certified to European and international standards, to make your everyday working life easier while also offering comfort, reliability, and the highest level of safety.

Basic equipment for tree climbing: what do you need to climb trees?

The basic equipment includes a rope system, a tree climbing harness, an ascending system, and rope clamps as well as various carabiners, pulleys, and slings. In some cases, tree climbing spurs are also required. You should also always have a pair of work gloves and a protective helmet. Additional gear like a cambium saver, throw bag, and throw line help install the rope from below.

Tree climbing harnesses

Tree climbing harnesses are classed as personal protective equipment (PPE) and usually certified as sit harnesses and restraint belts (EN 813, EN 358). Many tree climbing harnesses can also be converted into full body harnesses according to EN 361 through the addition of a chest harness. As arborists often spend their entire day wearing a harness, we pay particular attention to ergonomics and comfort. Tree climbing harnesses also generally have one or two movable tie-in points (sliding D) to guarantee the greatest possible freedom of movement so that you can move in all directions in trees without hindrance. The additional eyelets on the sides are used to attach a lanyard for work positioning.

EDELRID tree climbing harnesses offer impressive innovative details and set new standards in terms of support and comfort.

Products for rope installation

Throw bags, throw lines, and cambium savers are all basic items of equipment for any arborist. The outstanding flight properties of our gear enable ropes to be smoothly installed, which in turn makes it possible to climb high trees. Our cambium savers prevent abrasion damage to the tree and enable ropes to be efficiently removed without leaving any marks.

Tree climbing spurs

If it is acceptable to damage a tree while working, e.g. in the case of removal or felling, climbing spurs are used to climb it and move around on the trunk.

The EDELRID TALON tree climbing spurs are among the lightest models on the market. With a sophisticated design based on the shape of the human lower leg, they offer maximum ergonomics as well as outstanding flexibility and comfort.
 

Protective helmet

The helmet is an indispensable part of the personal protective equipment required for tree climbing. It reliably protects the head against impacts and falling branches. Depending on the task at hand, climbing helmets should also be supplemented with ear protectors, a neck guard, and/or a visor.

PPE vs. oak processionary moth caterpillars

Contact with the oak processionary moth’s caterpillars (or more specifically, their hairs) causes serious health damage. Certain control measures are therefore required when working in a tree where contact is possible as well as when performing particular measures to combat the caterpillars. All personal protective equipment (PPE) contaminated with toxic hair from oak processionary moth (OPM) caterpillars should be thoroughly cleaned. We have consolidated all the key information about how to handle your PPE after contamination by an OPM caterpillar in our Knowledge Base article.