When used in conjunction with a saddle and flipline, a good set of tree climbing spurs allows you to essentially walk up a tree. Although other gear can certainly be incorporated, you really can climb a tree using just these components. Typically, spur climbing is done when a tree is to be removed as the sharp spur gaffs will cause damage to the tree. Spurs are also acceptable for use in emergency rescue situations, or when climbing a tree that is already dead. Once you've decided that spiked climbing is for you, the next task is choosing a pair of climbing spurs. And now, we offer more spurs to choose from than ever before!
Tree Spikes vs Pole Spikes
Something we're asked fairly often by customers is whether they should buy tree-length spikes or pole-length spikes. Well, it's really pretty simple. Tree spikes have longer gaffs (usually 2.5" - 2.75" in length) and are designed to penetrate trees with thick bark, such as redwoods, Douglas firs, cedars and pines. Pole spikes have shorter gaffs (usually 1.5" - 1.75" in length) and are designed for climbing utility poles, or trees with little-to-no-bark, such as palm trees. Here in the Pacific Northwest, most of our customers are buying tree-length spikes, but in other parts of the country, pole-length spikes are more popular. It really just depends on what and how you plan on climbing.
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