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Climbing trees in the rain: Dangerous, or just unpleasant?

Dee MacThomas

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4 hours ago, Stephen Blair said:

Working 1 rainy day here or there or even a passing shower isn’t much of a drama.  Day in, day out, week after week, month after month, year after year, decade after decade you earn the right to say, stuff that!  Steamed up work trucks, wet gear needing cleaned every night after being sat with a wet arse for an hour on the way home or stuck in traffic for a couple more.  Unloading your kit into a dark container or poorly lit shed on a farm after being stuck on a chip pile or forgetting the tools in the back when you tipped.  It’s all just grim, non glamorous, hard graft!

  Then there’s the trying to dry the kit out for the next day that seems pointless, sliding you arms in what you thought was a dry waterproof jacket first thing in the morning, the sludge that runs down your arm from a friction hitch with the stench of ear muff sweat and dampness like vinegar from your climbing lid as your shoving your head through a conny hedge.  Not exactly like the catalogue pics I dreamt it would be!😒😂


Your almost making me miss it 😆

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On 19/09/2021 at 06:32, Dee MacThomas said:

It's never occured to me that it would be a problem for us Northerners, but last winter my family had two arborists cancel on separate occasions due to the weather; specifically, the rain.


The job was to thin out and raise the crown on our 80 ft Eucalyptus. Two days' work for three lads, they said.


I've no idea how heavy it was tipping down, but I know that it was just raining and a bit cold. No wind.


So, is it normal for tree work to be called off in wet weather? Is it any more dangerous than in the dry? So long as my saw is not submerged in water and I stay comfortable, I'd say I'm alright.


I ended up doing the job myself. It was fun applying my rock climbing skills to tree climbing. Some of my techniques might have raised your eyebrows!

So when you did it, did was it raining?

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