This 'Climbing Arborist podcast' is hosted by Dan Holliday who is joined by various guests to talk about all things arboriculture. In this time of social media, comments and sentences can be misconstrued, along with peoples opinions and thought process, this podcast is a way to have an in depth conversation with people on important and relevant subject, and go into detail on subjects we feel strongly about, as well as hearing stories and experiences. Topics we will often discuss in some form or another are equipment, techniques, safety and training and much more...
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Episode 18 - with Rachel Brudzinski
Rachel Brudzinski joins us for this podcast. Rachel tells the horrific, scary, unbelievable, sad but also motivational story of the terrible incident she suffered while working in a tree. Words can not describe what Rachel has been through, all I can say is, listening to her story is a must. Every single person will take a lot away from listening to her story and how she tackled and dealt with her recovery, and how she will always be battling the physical and mental stresses of what she went through.
All I can say is, Rachel is an inspiration!!!!!
Episode 17 - with Derrick Martin
Derrick Martin is a tree climber from Pennsylvania, Derrick talks about how he started in the industry, and he recaps his first few climbs and his first removal. He talks about the various companies he has worked for upto the current day and now taking on training and safety roles in his current position.
Derrick is also a huge fan of competition climbing and will be competing for the third time at the ITCC this August. He talks about being heavily influenced by watching Mark Chisholm in the New Jersey Chapter, and since his first comp has really refined his climbing skills to enable himself to win the PennDel chapter 3 times.
Derek shares a story of how complacency crept in on what was viewed as a simple job which lead to an incident and a few days off work.
Episode 16 - with Mark Przekurat (Fids & fibres rope splicing)
Mark Przekurat is most well know for running the rope splicing workshops 'Fids and Fibres', Mark also runs his own tree service and is currently working on a great project he calls 'The growth ring' all of which we talk about in this episode
Episode 15 - with David Anderson of Canopy watch international
David is an Ornithologist, biologist and tree climber. David explains how the thought of some tropical birds never being visible from the forest floor gave him the passion to learn to climb trees. David talks about how he was first introduced to tree climbing and the mehtods he used, setting lines with a crossbow and using ascenders to access the canopy of tropical trees in the 90's. He talks about meeting the guys from 'Ascending the giants' in Portland, Oregon, and how they taught him many modern day tree climbing techniques. David now teaches other biologists and scientisits the art of safely and efficiently accessing the canopy of tropical trees in the hope this will be huge for the study of plants and animals in the canopies of the tropical rainforest.
Episode 14 - with Sam Smith (@sam_treesmith)
Sam Smith joins Dan for this episode of the podcast. Sam is an English arborist that lives and works in New Zealand as a contract climber. In 2018 Sam competed in the Red Bull branched out tree climbing competition where he finished 2nd out of 100 climbers. We chat about getting into the industry, his choice to take a position in New Zealand, life as a contract climber and of course competitions and Red Bull branched out.
Episode 13 - With Kevin Bingham, inventor of the rope wrench
Kevin Bingham is most well known in the industry for the invention of the rope wrench and then the rope runner that followed. It can be argued that Kevin single handedly evolved tree climbing as arborists know it today with the invention of the rope wench. Before the wrench arborists would use SRT for accessing the tree only (with the exception of a few using the Unicender for SRT). The rope wrench has certainly changed climbing for the masses, and many products & techniques have come about because single rope work positioning is now possible.
In this episode Kevin talks about how the idea of climbing on a stationary rope came about, and seemed more efficient for a specific job, and how this got him thinking about how to create a device to solve the problem (7:10), Treemagineers giving Kevin the idea for the stiff tether attempting to use it in competition climbing (41:50), inventing the rope runner and using the local makerspace (54:50), climbing on 2 separate climbing lines simultaneously (1:14:45), using a lanyard for good work positioning and not being lazy by using 1 hand on the chainsaw (1:28:55), climbing at the 2019 ITCC in Knoxville (1:35:25).
Episode 12 - With Mark Bridge of Treemagineers
Mark Bridge is an arborist from Switzerland that is most well known for his product development of industry equipment for his company Treemagineers who designed the Treemotion harness, hitch climber pulley, the captain hook and much more... Mark makes up one third of the company ‘Treemagineers’ who ventured into product development because they could see improvements were possible. With joint objectives of improving safety and efficiency in professional tree care, the products they create are the result of close innovative cooperation with hardware manufacturer DMM and fibre specialist Teufelberger. Treemagineers have designed the Treemotion harness, hitch climber pulley, the captain hook, multisling and much more... Mark is also the founding member of the tree care co-op 'Baumpartner' and the training company 'Baumklettern Schweiz'. Member of BSB and ISA work safety committees. Previous ITCC Competitor and two time ETCC Champion. In this podcast Mark talks about how he was introduced to the arb industry, his mentors, climbing on 3 strand rope and getting his first 16-strand rope (5:45), the evolution of climbers and how climbers today may miss out on a lot of valuable ‘older’ techniques (22:30), starting his tree care co-op company ‘Baumpartner’ and as a co-op they have made it work over the long term (34:40), time pressures in tree work coming from the top down (45:00), how Tremagineers began, and it’s journey over the last 15-20 years (59:00), rigging research and rigging to points of failure (1:25:00), ETCC (1:55:00), A funny experience in Finland (2:06:00).
Episode 11 - With Dan Holliday
Dan goes solo on this podcast after giving a couple of presentation on the topic of safe use of chainsaws in the canopy and good work positioning. This subject is one that Dan is very passionate about, and is also one that causes many disagreements among arborists, employees and employers. Arboriculture as an industry has an extremely high incident and injury rate compared to most other industries. The reason being is, there are so many risks that we are faced with in the industry, but the majority of these risks can be mitigated. So why is it that when it comes to see of the more serious risks like cutting ourselves with chainsaws or falling from height, that many people are willing to take chances and expose themselves to more of a risk than is necessary. There are so many people that can and will be affected by an injury, family, friends, co-workers etc, some of these people depend on you, would you really want to put them in a situation were you depend on the for physical, emotional and financial support? Once you have listened to this podcast, please take my challenge of trying 2 hands on the chainsaw and 2 Tie in points for 6 weeks, I promise you, you will make huge strides in the way you climb, and become a much better, safer and more efficient climber because of it. If you like this episode, please tell a friend, colleague, employer, share on your social media, and even send me an email letting me know what you think and if you have any questions (email can be found on climbingarborist.com). Thank you for listening, you can subscribe to us on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and of course keep up to date with the industry on ClimbingArborist.com . Climb safe….. Work safe……..
Episode 10 - With Educated climber Patrick Masterson & Dan Holliday
Talking trees and Educated Climber podcasts meet for an excellent conversation between Dan and Patrick. Dan talks about how his career began, the motivation behind creating ClimbingArborist.com, Dan's Lyme disease, Patrick's winter work in Ontario & more
Episode 9 - With Marten Penrose & Tiger Devine
On this episode of talking trees Dan is joined by Marten Penrose (@1_armed_arb) a one armed arborist, splicer and tree equipment enthusiast, and Tiger Devine (@tigerdevine). Marten talks about being a one armed arborist (2:00m), Marten talks about his love of splicing and how that came about (11:00m), Tiger discusses breaking his heels and how that lead him into splicing (17:00), Dan brings up the topic of using a closed system and what the guys thoughts on it are (24:30), the guys talk about the different ways they climb and different pieces of kit the use (41:00), arborists reading user manuals (49:50), what college teach as far as training goes and if they should change (55:30), the Petzl Chicane (1:19:00), Sena headsets (1:27:50), Tiger talks about the guys he works with (1:34:20), Tiger talks rope runner and Teufelberger Xstatic (1:40:00), the 'John's climb podcast' (1:46:45), climbing a tree barefoot (2:03:00), the Husqvarna power pole battery chainsaw, and other battery powered saws (2:09:30)
Episode 8 - With Ryan Senechal and Aidon Pyne
The guys talk about the Internationl Urban Foresty Conference 2018 (IUFC) that they were attending while recording this podcast (00:01:30), they discuss women in Arboriculture and how there are still so many old fashioned mentalities even in todays world (00:23:30), they talk about the importance of education for arboriculture and specifically the struggling ITA program they are running in British Columbia and how it needs more support for local companies to put there staff through it (01:04:20), learning from others mistakes and experiences to make a safer industry (01:21:00), Ryan talks about the changes he is making to the BTCCC that he organizes.
Episode 7 - Dan talks about recoving from chronic Lyme disease
Dan shares the story of the past 18 months where he was suddenly taken extremely ill, and pretty much debilitated at his worst point. He discusses diet, nutrition, lifestyle changes. People need to be familiar of Lyme disease and ticks, especially in this industry as we have more exposure than most. Please help spread awareness amoung you circles of friends and work colleagues about this horrific disease.
Episode 6 - With Aidon Pyne
We are back with episode 6 of the Talking trees podcast. In this podcast Dan is joined by his good friend Aiden Pine an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist. Aiden gives a little background on himself & his current work (0:03:09), topping trees and pressures from other climbers and bosses to climb unsafe trees (0:16:45), how fun and how much is to be gained from climbing competitions (0:32:25), experiences and benefits of the husqvarna battery powered chainsaw (0:51:10), efficiency in the tree and how it can extend longevity of your career (1:02:41), Dan talks about slideline Hemlock job and the rigging setup (01:10:50), Aiden becoming a BCMA (1:28:10), Aidens experiences with Coquitlam search and rescue (1:39:15), the ITA certification for arborists in B.C and how important it as and training in general (1:51:40)
Episode 5 - With Justin Temple & Joel Spooner
Dan is joined by fellow arborists Joel spooner and Justin Temple. They go in depth on the discussion of on using a chainsaw with one hand, having two tie in points while using a saw in a tree, Dan talks about how great the Sena bluetooth headsets are, and Justin shares a close call from the past few weeks. 1 or 2 handed use of a chainsaw discussion @ 3:20, Close calls (Justin) @ 1:13:35, Tool of the week - Sena Bluetooth headsets (Dan) @ 1:23:10
Episode 4 - With George Keays, Mat Fernandez & Joel Spooner
Dan is joined by George Keays, Mat Fernandez and Joel Spooner to catch up on the last few months. Dan gives us the run down on a wildlife habitat creation project he worked on, and also a scary close call he had while on that job. George talks about Meindl Airstream boots in 'Tool of the wek', and Joel explains why he was asked to write a monthly news letter for his company.
Episode 3 - With Stuart Witt & George Amos
Dan is joined by Stuart Witt, an arborist of 18 years, well known on the competition scene and has previously competed and the European TCC, he has recently started a Canadian Arborist supply company Tree North industries. Also joining this weeks podcast is good friend George Amos, owner of George Amos treecare in Vancouver.
Episode 2 - With George Keays & Matt Beatty
Geroge Keays and Matt Beatty join Dan to chat about current topics within the industry, and Mat talks about an awesome old growth tree climbing project he has just been involved in.
Episode 1 - With Mat Fernandez, George Keays & Joel Spooner
In the very first episode of Talking Trees, Dan is joined by friends and fellow arborists, Mat Fernandez (from the 'Mat Fernandez project'), George Keays and arborist/photographer Joel Spooner. They chat about the Sherrill/TreeStuff deal, the B.C Tree comp, favourite tool of the week, close calls and much more...