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  1. Mark De La Cruz

    Maple Center Branches

    Many times when a tree experiences die back in the center of a tree there's a good chance it could be a root problem. Looks like the mulch around the tree could be up to high on the trunk. You might want to check for girding roots. That's something that is easy to look at. Edward Gillman talks...
  2. Mark De La Cruz

    Getting back on top of a limb

    There are many ways to set up retrievable redirects. I have tried many of them and I love having them in my mental tool kit, however you will find certain ones that fit your climbing style and you will use them more than others. It's a fun journey as you learn and experiment which ones work best...
  3. Mark De La Cruz

    Getting back on top of a limb

    When confronted with this scenario, I use My lanyard or other short climbing line to tie into a friction hitch that is above my last redirect. My redirect on the branch is set to be retrievable. I then can slack of my SRT and drift back to towards the trunk. Once there I pull the retrievable...
  4. Mark De La Cruz

    Dead Wood

    On the subject of dead wooding or crown cleaning. There are a lot of tree services in my area that will just grab on to the dead branches with a pole saw and snatch them out. I have even seen some You Tube videos where the climber just can not get to the tip because it will not support the...
  5. Mark De La Cruz

    Two seperate lanyards

    Hey Jan, For me it totally depends upon what kind of tree I'm climbing or the type of work that I need to accomplish. The size of the tree and how thick or sparse the canopy is helps me determine what length of rope I'll need. For instance, say your limb walking or, limb crawling. Two points of...
  6. Mark De La Cruz

    Any suggestions for climbing 'drills'/practice-routines? Am new & want to improve techniques!

    My suggestion would be to always be observant when setting redirect angels so, you can learn which ones give you the more comfortable work positions for the task at hand. That includes your work triangle when using two points of attachment while on pruning jobs. A good line angle can make a...
  7. Mark De La Cruz

    Rope Wrench - Hitch/Rope compendium.

    All that detail and I forgot to list hitch! I use a Michoacan Sorry for not listing it.
  8. Mark De La Cruz

    Rope Wrench - Hitch/Rope compendium.

    My Weight: 212lbs Rope: Yale Blaze 11mm Set Up: Hitch Climber Pulley SRT Device: Rope Wrench W/ Rope Logic Stiff Tether Friction Cord: 28" 8mm HRC Friction Cord 5 Wraps Hitch Used: Michoacan The hitch works smooth, sets well and releases great also...
  9. Mark De La Cruz

    What’s your favourite lanyard set up

    Like many others have stated, the length of my lanyard depends on the tree. My go to lanyard consist of a 15' length of Orange 11mm Yale Blaze with a Hitch Climber Pulley set up. I use Rock Exotica Oval Biners. I have a prusik installed between the Hitch Climber and the lock off biner so I can...
  10. Mark De La Cruz

    Foot ascender riding up on ankle

    If your not wearing some type of boot that comes up over your ankle "6" you won't ever be able try to adjust the sweet spot for you. I like to have the device located right at my ankle, maybe even just a tad bit higher because I do a lot of branch walking where I sometimes have to shimmy out to...
  11. Mark De La Cruz

    What Size Climbing Rope Do You Prefer

    I'm looking at purchasing Blue Moon 11.7mm by Yale.
  12. Mark De La Cruz

    What Size Climbing Rope Do You Prefer

    I climb on hitch cord "HRC". You are right 12.7mm is .50" they 11.7mm .46". I will edit my comment. Nice to know that thicker line is kinder to the hitch cords!
  13. Mark De La Cruz

    What Size Climbing Rope Do You Prefer

    My SRT, DRT and lanyard are all 11 mm. It's time to replace my ropes. I like the idea of going to 11.7 mm rope but haven't made up my mind yet. I know the 11.7mm line is easier on the hands but my thinking is bigger termination knots which need a little bit more crotch if your going to pull them...
  14. Mark De La Cruz

    How do you store your gear at-home? (textiles / not tools&equipment)

    Gear storage is important! I myself like to keep all gear gathered in kits. I store all gear in Rigid Tool Boxes. I have the boxes that are on wheels and on top of each box, I have the open crate type storage bin. They are also made by Rigid Tool. I keep climbing gear separate from rigging gear...
  15. Mark De La Cruz

    oak tree identification

    Sure does look like a Black Oak.
  16. Mark De La Cruz

    Did You Know That Goats Can Climb Trees

    Check out these goats in Morocco! Its unbelievable!!!!
  17. Mark De La Cruz

    Climbing groups/meet-ups in New Jersey?

    Welcome To The Buzz Mike I started climbing in 2013 and still love the sport. I would suggest searching with local tree climbing clubs on the web. You may even wanna check with clubs in near by states. Who knows, now that your here on the Buzz you may find others that are in your neck of the...
  18. Mark De La Cruz

    The Shultz Effect

    Yes sir, I have not been able to access the video file all afternoon!!!! Just now I was able to log on. give it another try on your end.
  19. Mark De La Cruz

    Evaluation of current rigging and dismantling practices used in arboriculture

    I love sharing great information, and I am always looking to learn and grow my skill set. There really is great information out there but, sometimes it takes effort and persistence to find. Thats what makes Tree Buzz so awesome. Together we have many, many years of knowledge and experience. I'm...
  20. Mark De La Cruz

    Wise Critter Gives Climbing Advice

    Looky........Looky.......... I was making my way out on a branch and caught this little guy watching me as I advanced out on the limb within just feet of him. He was sitting there with his brother........or sister. His advice to me was don't throw your lanyard up around my branch that I'm on...
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