Booboo, NewYork: “We recently did a removal of a large silver maple with two climbers working different parts of the tree at the same time. I can remember doing it once, maybe twice, before for removals. We do it at least once a year on pruning jobs, and frequently work in closely adjoining trees on both pruning and removals.
“The scenario was basically this: silver maple with seven main leaders splitting into about 12 total leaders. Seventy-five to 80 feet high, 80 to 90-foot spread, over two neighboring yards, two hedges, a fence and a garden. No crane/bucket access, but we were able to get a skid steer in for the logs. After we crashed two leaders into the yard, I took two leaders going over one neighbor’s yard, the other climber took the other larger leader going over the other neighbor’s yard. We were each able to climb and rig out of leaders that were a reasonable distance from each other’s gear. Each of us had one groundman handling our ropes exclusively, and we basically took turns taking shots (one climber rigged while the other cut, and vice versa).
“The whole thing was super smooth. When we got it back to the center leads; the other climber came down so I could finish them. It was like doing two separate trees with a lot of communication between the climbers about who was going where, how big the pieces were and where they were going. We had to stay very aware of where the other guy and his ropes were, but other than that, it was pretty much like doing two different trees at once. Anyone else doing this?”
Boo, NorthCarolina: “I have done this many times, particularly when training a new climber. Not only does it make the new guy more comfortable by having another climber close by in the tree, but it also makes things move along a little better for him by seeing a good example of the how-tos and being able to communicate without having to yell up to him … and letting anyone around know he is a rookie climber. Always good to have another climber on the job site close by anyway.”
Thillmaine, Massachusetts: “Personally, I love another climber in the tree if for no other reason then to bullshit with. I don’t know about removals, but typically, on a pruning job, it helps out big time. One person to one side and the other to the other side. Simple enough. On removals, unless it was a huge tree as in the situation you said, then I wouldn’t feel comfortable with lots of ropes and big pieces being rigged down and whatnot. Lots of spread seems like it would be the key to make it work to keep each other far apart.”
PTS, Iowa: “On removals of large trees with climbers, we often use two climbers. It saves from constantly going up to hook your rope and then coming down to make the cut and back and forth.
“I can see how this scenario could be dangerous if the climbers have their head somewhere it shouldn’t be, but if everyone is conscious of the process and communication is good and PPEs are in place, it is a great deal in my opinion.”
Nailsbeats, Wisconsin: “We use two climbers whenever we feel it will get the job done faster. Definitely need two groundmen and good communication or somebody will always be waiting. We have an ash tree to take down where I am going to attempt my first speed lining, two climbers will be used to power through it.”
JohnPaulSanborn, Wisconsin: “We call it tag teaming. I may be working on a side where the bucket cannot reach, or doing the rigging while the other guy is just bombing stuff out away from the ground crew.
“When using the GRCS, it sometimes helps to have one guy setting the rigging on tip ties, and a lower man cutting. On trims it helps when only occasional pole saw work is needed, then you can pass it back and forth.”
Blakesmaster, NewYork: “As long as there’s at least two ground guys and both climbers are good communicators, I say keep it up. My bro and I work in the tree together all the time. I’m still a bit new to climbing, so it’s always good to have experienced perspective right on hand. It also makes most jobs go much quicker. Especially no-hauls.”
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