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Old 09-05-2012, 08:18 AM   #1
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Tree Climbing or rock climbing suggestions?

This might be weird.... but ...thought I'd ask....this is about geocaching (treasure hunt)

There's a multiple stage geocache and the first stage is 45' up a tree that requires climbing gear. I wouldn't mind climbing up if I had the proper gear & knowledge. However - I'm not going to go out and buy gear and/or take a class just for this one geocache. That's expensive shit....and I really don't see myself doing this again anytime soon.

So - my question to you guys would be...... and because I'm clueless about the whole tree/rock climbing deal anyway - Are there 'outfitters' and/or guides you can pay for a day to take you places and climb things? Or do they only go to certain locations?

I don't really know anyone who climbs....or if there are other ways of tackling this sucker. It's out in the middle of State Game lands somewhere, you can't get a crane back there (laugh).

Any other thoughts? Wonder if I could find a lumber jack who could shimmy himself up there....(laugh)
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Not only is climbing gear expensive, climbing is very dangerous especially if you don't know what your doing and double if its unsupervised. You need to have a good solid base knowledge for tying knots and how to use your body for leverage. I have heard of people offering seminars on how to learn to climb but I Imagine they are very expensive and time consuming. Tree climbers are work-a-hollics because they make a lot of money and you could probably find one to come climb this tree for a nominal fee on his off day. But at the same time they can also be really flaky. If it were me I would just buy a sling shot/wrist rocket and try and shoot what ever it is your trying to get out of the tree down from the ground.
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Not only is climbing gear expensive, climbing is very dangerous especially if you don't know what your doing and double if its unsupervised. You need to have a good solid base knowledge for tying knots and how to use your body for leverage. I have heard of people offering seminars on how to learn to climb but I Imagine they are very expensive and time consuming. Tree climbers are work-a-hollics because they make a lot of money and you could probably find one to come climb this tree for a nominal fee on his off day. But at the same time they can also be really flaky. If it were me I would just buy a sling shot/wrist rocket and try and shoot what ever it is your trying to get out of the tree down from the ground.
I wish it were that simple....but the item is probably 'tethered' to the tree and can't be removed. Plus - you have to put it back exactly where you got.
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I am a climber and highly suggest taking classes. It is extremely dangerous if you don't know what you are doing. oh... and I have about 2k invested in to climbing gear. I know a few guys that are arborists and climb trees every day. If it is a live tree, you don't want to use spikes because of how much it damages the tree. This means there are a bunch of knots and roping techniques you would use to get up to where you need.
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I am a climber and highly suggest taking classes. It is extremely dangerous if you don't know what you are doing. oh... and I have about 2k invested in to climbing gear. I know a few guys that are arborists and climb trees every day. If it is a live tree, you don't want to use spikes because of how much it damages the tree. This means there are a bunch of knots and roping techniques you would use to get up to where you need.
I would never go out there and do it without an experienced person and/or lessons. I don't plan on making this a hobby in itself....

I just need a 'GUIDE' whom would have the equipment, the knowledge, would be there the entire time, get me setup, navigate me to do it properly...

I only ever plan on doing this ONE TIME..... Unless of course, the GUIDE does an excellent job and gets us interested in becoming climbers. I wouldn't know if we like it without trying it first.....
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