This hickory was fundamentally compromised. As climbers we are generally assured that if nothing else, the roots of the trees we ascend are strong. Today, we knew that sentiment to be false. This tree was critically damaged during the construction clearing phase on this property, and was partially uprooted. I demonstrated for my team the use of a satellite tie in point i.e. my life line attached to a separate tree. While this sounds like a very simple solution, it comes with its own unique challenges and risks. I also demonstrated the use of the Dutchman and sizwheel techniques. We were successful, our team grew both in skill set and in fundamental cooperation during operations of the high tension variety. The successful removal of this tree was not the only victory today."
Over 25 problem trees were removed from two neighboring properties, not only am I proud of the work our team put in, but that we accomplished the task safely and with almost zero impact to the turf which was a phenomenal accomplishment considering the saturated conditions.