forest canopy
safety harnesses
fishing lines
tie lines

How to Cite

Dial, R., & Tobin, S. C. (1994). DESCRIPTION OF ARBORIST METHODS FOR FOREST CANOPY ACCESS AND MOVEMENT. Selbyana, 15(2), 24–37. Retrieved from


Arborist methods and equipment are described for climbing trees. Equipment lists and sources are provided and techniques illustrated. Many arborist methods of non-injurious access, ascent, within-crown movement, and descent are applicable to certain tropical forest situations. Arborist methods of access are most appropriate for trees with lowest limbs below 25 m above ground level; however, methods of ascent and movement within crowns are useful for any trees, including those with lowest limbs above 25 m, that can support a climber's weight. Problems presented by limbs with heavy epiphyte loads are addressed. The advantages of arborist techniques include low cost of equipment specifically designed for climbing trees; increased safety using ropes manufactured for tree climbing; greater mobility and availability of ropes for re-use within the crown; and minimum exertion for ascent and descent using the limb as pulley.


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