What Climbing Harnesses Do Professional Tree Surgeons Use?

What Climbing Harnesses Do Professional Tree Surgeons Use?

What climbing harnesses do professional tree surgeons use? Most climbers are familiar with the harnesses used in rock climbing. These are lightweight, minimalist harnesses designed to support your frame in the event of losing balance and provide support for relatively brief periods. They have narrow straps, which are designed to stay out of the way as you climb but provide support when you need them. However, if you were to suspend from a rock climbing harness for long periods of time, you would quickly experience circulation problems and discomfort.

Climbing Harnesses Professional Tree Surgeons Use

Professional tree surgeons usually use a completely different tree climbing harness, emphasising support and padding. They feature wide, well-padded thigh straps and thick pelvic support. These allow you to hang from a height on the harness for long periods of time. They are also designed to accommodate the weight of tools and equipment, which may also be suspended from the harness. For example, the Teufelberger treeMOTION Essential which features thick hip bumpers and thigh padding. As well as side and bridge rings for rope and equipment. This format is what most professional tree surgeons use for the most part. However, on occasion, when they are not planning to suspend, they may use a more simple fall-arrest harness which is more similar to that of a rock climber. An example of this is the Petzl NEWTON.

Carrying Tools and Equipment

The Petzl Sequoia harness is built for arborists working at height. It facilitate the carriage of tools and equipment with nine separate loops and five slots. There are also two dedicated retainers for carabiners to hold heavy-duty equipment such as a chainsaw, as well as space for a first aid kit. It also allows for an additional seat to be attached for increased comfort if a professional needs to suspend for extra-long periods.

Tree Climbing Harnesses

Tree climbing harnesses are generally more expensive than that of rock climbers. They are designed to be used for hours a day, five days a week. As such, they have different features to add to their durability and resistance. Many models have replaceable parts which can be re-ordered when the old ones begin to wear out.

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