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Can't help as I'm not a climber but I spoke to someone doing a chimney survey on a 3 storey house, using a tiny camera upon a v lightweight telescopic pole. Just a thought.

 

I'd use a ladder and an endoscope in that scenario.

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Cheap option is to buy to maths sets and get the compasses from them and put your legs in the pencil holding bit.

Do you climb trees that aren't being taken down?

 

I'm not that small but good innovation there!

 

We climb trees that will probably be taken down at some point. If it's only 'probable' I don't spike as if the layout/design of the road/pipeline/housing development is altered, the tree may be retained.

 

Only spike when the tree is definitely coming out, i.e. there is someone with a chainsaw impatiently waiting for me to check the tree!

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Yes....

 

This is radical and a bit outside the box and probably a bit of a sacrilege but I did once come across a climber that cut a set of Bashlins down.

 

Not to be done lightly but if you ran out of other options??

 

Glad you aren't a troll:laugh1:

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i hope these arevdead specimens you are spiking up!

 

Only spike up trees that are definitely being felled/lost due to development. I am an ecologist. I appreciate that jabbing bits of steel into tree has negative consequences.

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Your best bet would be to try a few on at your nearest dealers.

 

Failing that I've heard nothing but praise for the Distel Geckos.

 

Do you climb with spikes to check for protected species?

 

Think I will have get to a shop....

 

Only spike immediately prior to felling - once checked for protected species (mainly bats). Initial check or if tree is not certain to be felled would be done with ropes only.

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This is radical and a bit outside the box and probably a bit of a sacrilege but I did once come across a climber that cut a set of Bashlins down.

 

Not to be done lightly but if you ran out of other options??

 

Glad you aren't a troll:laugh1:

 

Not a troll - no! I probably should have mentioned that spiking was a rare occurrence in my line of work.

 

Cutting them down did cross my mind and I'll do it if needs be. I was just hoping a vertically challenged person would say "yes! These are what you want!"

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We did a spiking test on an Ash and a H / C Nut both healthy trees . Years later they are both in excellent fettle / condition and 99 % of the gaff wounds have healed up a treat . Bloody myth I tell thee . Spiking in my opinion does no more damage than a simple branch removal . The tree itself is a living thing and therefore is used to change and copes well with it .

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