Lightning struck dead pine removal cimb

moss

Well-Known Member
This lightning struck red pine said "Good luck felling me and no way you're climbing me". I looked at it for a couple days while I climbed and took out several other dead and dying pines near it, leaving it for last. I climbed out of a healthy enough red pine through a sugar maple and took a close look at the upper crown. Ended up using the line from the other pine as a support and ascended the lightning struck tree from the bottom on gaffs with an assist from the support line. On the way up I discovered that while it was hollow the remaining cylinder was strong and continued to be to the very top. Nearer to the top I set a static redirect using a sling and a Munter Hitch to control and balance the load on the tree. The top went nicely and I commenced chunking it down until the sun was gone.

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Trunk view from the ground

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Working my way up

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Inner bones of the tree's structure revealed within the hollow

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Looking up near the top

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Support line behind me


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Top gone, the rest is easier.

-AJ
 

metaspencer

Member
Location
Urbana, IL
That pic of the internal structure of the tree reminds me of this 4x4 post I pulled out of the ground last summer. Rot and decay had removed a lot of the post back to a similar internal structure of branches.
 

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