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    5 Days Ago
    One of my readers asked me to write something about my own personal philosophy of arboriculture. Intrigued by the idea, I decided to keep it short and sweet, since my philosophy is actually very simple: 'An arborist's career is centered around maintaining the health and beauty of trees.' In my opinion, our role as arborists is to be committed to all aspects of tree conservation, preservation, and environmental stewardship. I believe that the benefits of trees to the urban landscape are unmistakable, yet trees take so long to grow that they cannot simply be replaced if damaged or removed. I believe that any 'tree service' can cut trees down, but it takes a true professional to provide for the long-term health and well being of our cherished landscape trees. Our role as 'Green Industry' professionals is to help educate homeowners on how best to preserve and protect the natural heritage of our modern urban ecosystem. Since finishing my own apprenticeship, my business has been built around helping my customers make more informed decisions about their trees and landscape. Nowhere is this more evident than in my own commitment to helping customers visualize solutions to tree issues and being able to provide workable compromises to tree removal. Yes, sometimes trees will be need to be removed, but in my experience, pruning and other measures can often be used systematically to save trees from removal. In this way, we both, accomplish the goals of those involved, while also acting as good stewards of the urban environment, our natural heritage. Look, let's be honest. I do a lot of removals. That is just part of the trade. There is a very real concept of 'wrong tree, wrong place'. I get it. All I'm saying, is that our primary focus as professional arborists, ought to be on trimming and preservation, rather than on removals. There are untold numbers of 'tree guys' out there, who go around cutting trees down for cutthroat prices, with no consideration for the future of the neighborhoods that they operate in. But the reality is this: trees take an incredibly long time to grow. You can lose your entire lawn, call a sod guy, and within a few hours, you can have a brand new lawn. It just doesn't work that way with trees. Trees are a long-term investment. Trees are the elder statesmen of the urban landscape. They are unlike all man-made structures, and different than all of the other aspects of landscape design. Trees are unique, and they deserve our utmost respect and admiration. I love trees, but I'm not a tree-hugger. If you can understand that contradiction, then you can start to understand how I see our unique role in the community at large, both as professional arborists, and as business and thought leaders. So, there it is. Thoughts? Opinions? Let's continue the conversation.
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    1 Week Ago
    TreeMuggs replied to a thread EducatedClimber in Climbing Forum
    Thanks for the kind words everyone. The site is not about me, it is not ego-driven, I simply want to create an online resource where beginners can go and learn things the right way. As you can imagine, this idea is incredibly overwhelming. But, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. With that being said, I am always looking for guest contributors to the site. Just this morning I got permission to use Soren Sattelit's fantastic animated video on the basics of rigging. I'm sure many of you have already seen it on YouTube. I also have Professor Ed Gilman's amazing video lecture course on tree health, biology, structure, pruning, etc. I have no problem putting top-notch material up from other contributors. If anyone is interested in helping the cause, please email me directly at patrick@educatedclimber.com. Thanks TreeHouse!
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    2 Weeks Ago
    TreeMuggs replied to a thread EducatedClimber in Climbing Forum
    Nice! Wish I could have been there...
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    Hi everybody, I just wanted to invite you all to check out the new and improved homepage at EducatedClimber.com. There have been a ton of changes and additions to the site over the past few months, with much more in the works! There is a very large and growing community forming around this mission to educate the younger generation of climbers with a solid foundation in the basics. If you have a spare minute, check it out: www.educatedclimber.com. Thanks for all the support so far, I really appreciate it! All the best. - Patrick
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Thanks Burnham. I am going to PM Dave.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    K, Thank you. I know I'm late to the hitch hiker party but I'm hungry for knowledge. Someone told me to consult JB Holdway. Any other resources I should be checking out?
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Do you mean that you can clip your terminal end to the holster and go back into DdRT? I thought it was just a clip in point for rope walking...
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Loving my Hitch Hiker... thanks for the link to the holster
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    4 Weeks Ago
    TreeMuggs replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    Good eye Sean. That is a little tether that I bought about 9 years ago for lanyard adjuster cams to help them swivel. I don't think they make them anymore. I figured it would work as a clip in point for my chest biner in a rope walking setup. It has an eye on either end, loads in the middle, works real nice...
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    4 Weeks Ago
    TreeMuggs replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
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    4 Weeks Ago
    TreeMuggs replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    Oh, on the ring, not on the HH, I get it. Smooth?
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    4 Weeks Ago
    TreeMuggs replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    No I haven't, did you have to bend the side plates of the fixe? Mine doesn't fit on there.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    TreeMuggs replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    I don't see how the termination changes the construction or classification of the knot. To me it is a 4, 5, or 6 wrap, 1 braid VT, 'tis all.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    TreeMuggs replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    I would count where the 2 legs cross in front as a single braid. The way I tie my Valdotain (what I refer to as a French Prusik) the legs do not cross at all. It's tough to explain without pictures. Not looking for an argument, just clarification...
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    4 Weeks Ago
    TreeMuggs replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    I see, I didn't know the back story. I guess I would just call the HH knot a 6-1 VT, agreed?
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    4 Weeks Ago
    TreeMuggs replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    I'll be ok Stig. It wasn't from a yard sale, I had a buddy who wanted to get rid of it and try something else, I told him to just have both but he was strapped for cash, plus I had been wanting to try one out for years, so I pulled the trigger. So glad I did, this thing is amazing. I actually have a really big audience online, I want to get the word out. Paul, you've turned me into a raving fan!
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    4 Weeks Ago
    TreeMuggs replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    "But you still went the cheap way and bought a used one. Couldn't handle the thought of Paul making a profit from his invention, I guess." Wow, really? I had just been thinking of all the ways I could help spread the word, and sell tons of these for Paul.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    TreeMuggs replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    Thanks Dave. The main reason that I didn't get one years ago was because I assumed that it would put my hitch much further away from me. There are times with a floating bridge saddle that I can barely reach my hitch when I am turned hard away from the rope, so I assumed that having something between my bridge ring and hitch would just make it worse. I thought that you just used the same hitch and cord with the HH as you did in DdRT. I didn't realize was that there was a specifically recommended knot that would alleviate the problem. I really wish I would have found out about this sooner, this thing kicks ass... Also, I have always used the name French Prusik for a minimum 7-wrap hitch with no wraps. This is my standard way of attaching a fiddle block to a pull line, for instance. What do you guys call this HH knot?
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    TreeMuggs replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    That's ok, I found it. http://rope-tek.com/hitch-hiker/instructions/ This thing is currently blowing my mind.... Hitch hiker, where have you been all my life....
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    4 Weeks Ago
    TreeMuggs replied to a thread HH 2 in Gear Forum
    My HH2 came in yesterday. I've been meaning to get one for quite a while. This may be the best piece of kit I have ever seen! I got mine used, so I'm just wondering if there is a website that has the manual or any written documentation available. Thanks.
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - Leonardo da Vinci
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    4 Weeks Ago
    My HH2 came today! Super stoked to try it out!
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Can you post a pic of the helical knot that you are using with the HH. I have one coming in the mail, should be here any day. I'm itching to try it out.
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    This is how I have seen the Knut. I have been meaning to play around with this one for a while. Thoughts?
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    10-14-2017
    Thanks Sean, it's surprising how much of a difference it makes to bring the top leg underneath the bottom leg, it really makes the hitch far more reliable, without sacrificing much in the way of smoothness. It's a win-win. Try it out!
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    10-13-2017
    Nice, short and sweet!
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    10-13-2017
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    10-01-2017
    TreeMuggs replied to a thread The Snap Cut in MBTV
    Hey Mick, 4 minutes at a time, you'll be through it in less than a week! But seriously, my whole point with this is just touching on the very basics, there are way more things that I didn't mention or address than those that I did. My apprentice just wanted to know how to get started with this cut, he has tried it many times after watching me do it and has gotten frustrated. So hopefully I hit enough of the beats to get him started. Thanks for the feedback fellas!
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    09-30-2017
    TreeMuggs replied to a thread The Snap Cut in MBTV
    Garden was interesting, we had a really cool summer actually. Tomatoes, peppers, peas, beans, all loved the chips. Zucchini, not so much. We'll see next year, this stuff takes time to compost down. Jim, this technique is species dependent to a degree, can be inconsistent on brittle wood. Usually works well for dead wood. Only time I prefer a face cut is with a big drop zone where I can take a really big chunk of wood. Red Wings, well I grew up about an hour from Detroit in Chatham, Ontario. We used to watch the Wings on the French CBC channel on the aerial with the sound turned down, with WJR on the radio for the play by play. Aaah, childhood memories. Good times.
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