Category: Climbing arborist

Discussion on techniques, equipment and methods for the climbing arborist

Tie, Dress and set: The mechanics of successful knot tying

By Sylvia McNeill © 2020 McNeill’s Tree Service Do your shoes stay tied? Or are you having to retie them throughout the day. This was a revelation to me after several years (yes, I am a slow learner) of noticing my husband’s shoes never… Continue Reading “Tie, Dress and set: The mechanics of successful knot tying”

SINGLE ROPE SYSTEM (SRS) – Techniques and tips

By David McNeill © 2020 McNeill’s Tree Service Previous blogs, Tools of the Trade and Single Rope System (SRS) Components itemized the tools I have found suitable for our jobs and my climbing style. In this blog, I would like to point out some… Continue Reading “SINGLE ROPE SYSTEM (SRS) – Techniques and tips”

Single Rope System (SRS) Components

By David McNeill © 2020 McNeill’s Tree Service As mentioned in my blog, Tools of the Trade, I now climb using Stationary Rope Technique (SRT) with very rarely utilizing Moving Rope Technique (MRT). This blog will describe the components within my system. A quick… Continue Reading “Single Rope System (SRS) Components”

Tools of the Trade

David McNeill This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all the tools available in arboriculture. Frankly, that would be well beyond the scope of this blog. Nor is it intended to be a comprehensive history of the development and progression of… Continue Reading “Tools of the Trade”

overuse injuries; the necessity of working smart

Recently, within the last year, my husband, David, started playing the transverse flute. For those not familiar with musical instruments, that refers to flutes held horizontal to the body. I know, most are probably thinking “aren’t all flutes held horizontal to the body?” Which… Continue Reading “overuse injuries; the necessity of working smart”

the climbing arborist

As noted in our introduction, David McNeill, founder of McNeill’s Tree Service, has been working as a residential climbing arborist for over 50 years. He began this career as a teenager in the California Bay Area and gained valuable, on-the-job experience through his mentor… Continue Reading “the climbing arborist”