Remember when you were a kid and you would see the telephone man or the electrical lineman climb up the telephone pole like he was a super hero of some kind. Remember how cool you thought that would be. Well, now you find yourself needing to be the super hero, you find you have to be able to climb the pole or scurry up the tree. But now you know it is not done with super hero powers, it is done with tree climbing spikes.
And since you will be the one now doing the climbing, you need to know exactly what to look for. There are a couple of things you will need to consider when you set out to buy your tree climbing spikes. First, just what are you going to be climbing. Will it be power or telephone poles, or will it be trees?
This is an important question, because tree climbing spikes come in short spikes,and long spikes, and each have a purpose. That purpose is to climb a particular type of obstacle, and you want to be sure you have the correct spike when you go climbing.
If you are going to be climbing power or telephone poles, you will probably want to chose the shorter spike. They are designed for climbing a smoother surface. A surface, like a power pole, that is smooth and without the bark and branches a tree has.
They are also good for climbing trees with softer, smoother bark on them. They are also geared more for the climber that is not spending a great deal of time aloft. Shorter trips and working times are better for these short spikes, as well as the surface that you are climbing.
Now, if you are going for longer work time or you are tacking jobs in trees with thick bark or lots of limbs, you will want to go for the long spikes.
The longer spikes allow you to climb where bark is thicker, and the longer spikes allow you better bite and leverage when working aloft. The deeper bite also allows you to be more stable for a longer, safer work period aloft.
But wither you are climbing poles or trees, you will need to be sure you have quality, well made tree climbing spikes, and that your pads and straps are all in tip top condition at all times. After all, you want a safe climb up that tree or pole, and you want a safe climb down that tree or pole. And you want to come down when you decide to.