THIS is a dream come true. I (and other rock climbers) could literally climb this enormous tree without ropes which most people would deem impossible since the first branch is 45 feet high. Don’t believe me? Here is my proof:
I have dreamed about face climbing to the summit of an enormous old tree for a very long time. I attempted this same climb already but did not climb past the first branch because it was way too freaking cold. So I waited patiently for warmer weather, I went back, I ascended into the canopy via rope ascension, and I set up an anchor point for my dynamic climbing rope.
My original plan was to invite my rock climbing friends to join me which would allow us to belay each other up the face. HOWEVER, after lots of begging NOONE wanted to join me! I have so much passion for this yet no one to share it with! So I made a video. Maybe that will show my friends how exciting climbing trees can be?
Either way, check out the video! I ended up building a self-feeding solo-belay system and it worked great! I simply tied a figure 8 on a bight at the middle of my dynamic rope and anchored this at the summit then I used my grigri on one side and my hand ascender (extended with a sling) on the other side. I had to weight the bottom end of the rope for it to feed freely through my grigri so I tied my backpack to the bottom with a small prusik loop.
EDIT: I originally climbed into the tree by climbing arborist-style on my static line (PMI E-Z Bend). I then built an anchor out of static cord and rigged up my dynamic rope (Edelweiss Flashlight) to the anchor via a figure 8. I faceclimbed and self belayed myself using the dynamic rope. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BELAY YOURSELF WITH A STATIC ROPE. If you fall onto a static rope you could die.
I will be going into more detail about this in future posts but I hope you enjoyed the video and my boring/loopy narration skills!
Disclaimer: This article is for entertainment purposes only. If you attempt any of this you will be severely injured or die.
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