Climbing rope, climbing saddles and a throw line or throw weights are among the most basic and essential of climbing supplies. Climbing rope can be used to help you to get to higher branches and can help you to ensure you don’t tumble down as you climb. Throw lines and throw weights are used to help ensure you can direct the line where you need it to go and that it will go over the branch securely.
When you choose climbing rope, you want to pay attention to how durable and strong it is. Pay attention to the material it is made from- is it a high quality polypropylene polyester, or some other synthetic material. The strength and material of throw lines is also an important factor. In addition, making sure these tree climbing supplies are snag free can help make them easier to use and- by extension- safer to use.
Beyond climbing rope and throw lines, there are many other categories of tree climbing supplies to consider as well. For instance, you may be interested in purchasing spikes or spurs for tree removal. These help you to get to the top by allowing your feet to have a better and firmer grip on the trunk of the tree and its branches. Avoiding slipping and getting a good grip is essential to being able to make it successfully up the tree. Ascenders and descenders can also be used as part of this effort to ensure a successful climb to the top as well.
Climbing saddles come in a wide variety of styles, functionality and prices. First, you must select one that fits securely, yet is comfortable to climb and work in. The material the saddle is made from not only dictates weight, but also how much gear can be “hung” from it. Lightweight recreational saddles are not for tree work. Gear loops, central tie in points, lanyard attachments are necessary for tree work, but do add weight. Add-on shoulder straps (suspenders) will help keep your climbing up on your hips, but are not for life support. Full body harnesses with integrated) shoulder straps should be used for fall protection if working out of a bucket.
As with any tree climbing equipment, frequent inspections ensure your safety. Before each climb, inspect all stress points for wear; climbing ropes, saddle buckles, snaps, straps, and bridges. Cuts, frays, abrasions and other wear factors should be noted – retire equipment or take out of service if necessary.
Run slower than you normally would. You want to shorten your stride to reduce your risk of slipping and falling. This will make you run slower – be OK with it. If this was a day that you planned on a faster run – put it off to another day. Also, if you want to cut your run a little short – that’s OK, too. You’ll be putting out more energy when you run in the snow.
Watch out for icy spots. You need to watch your footing while you are running in the snow. There could be some icy spots under the snow. Stay aware.
Plan your route and let someone know it. Also, let them know approximately how long you plan on being gone. Remember to allow extra time for running slower.
Watch out for traffic. Snow affects you as a runner – remember it affects cars, also. It’s always important to run facing traffic – when the road conditions are less than ideal – it’s even more important.
Wear appropriate clothing. As with all running, dress as if it’s warmer than it really is. With the extra exertion in the snow, you may even find yourself sweating more than usual. Remember to wear your moisture-wicking layers. Also, if it is a wet snow, you will want to wear a waterproof jacket and possibly pants. And, don’t forget the hat and gloves.
You may be sore the next day. Running in snow requires more out of your leg muscles to keep you going – and from slipping. So, the next day you may feel it in muscles that you’ve never felt after a run before.
If you have to run in snow many times – you may want to invest in what I call running shoe spikes. They strap onto your running shoes and have little studs on them like car tires. I’ve used them before and they really work.
The reality is that the hiking of Kilimanjaro requires dedication and determination. It is not like a Sunday hike in the Magaliesburg! You need to make sure that you get the appropriate training, as well as that you have all of the appropriate gear and documentation. Once you have booked the trip and you have all of your documentation in order (which may include a visa), you can begin the training process.
In order to train properly for Kilimanjaro, you will need to equip yourself with hiking poles and proper hiking boots. It is also important to train with the day pack that you are planning on taking with you. Once you have all of the essential gear, you can begin your walking sessions. At first, you should start out with care, choose easy nature trails to walk on and remember that the hiking of Kilimanjaro will be a slow process. You do not need to push yourself in terms of speed. Once you feel confident in your hiking ability, you can plan an all day hike as well as an overnight hike on more difficult trails. As soon as you are able to hike for a minimum of 6 hours without feeling out of breath or ill, you will be ready to tackle hiking Kilimanjaro. It is advisable to start the training process a few months before you go on the trip, especially if you are not an experienced climber. Remember, anyone can climb Kilimanjaro! It is not only for the experienced or the super-fit.
When hiking up the mountain, there will be a few obstacles that you will need to overcome. This will include the weather and the potential altitude sickness. Kilimanjaro does have snow, which is thicker during certain times of the year, thus making it more difficult to climb. If it is your first time hiking Kilimanjaro, try to go during the spring time, where the weather will be at its most mild. Altitude sickness can affect anyone regardless of their fitness level. It will normally begin to occur at 2000 feet above sea level. Some of the symptoms that you might experience will include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, stomach illness and lack of sleep. Unfortunately, if you do get altitude sickness from hiking Kilimanjaro, you may not be able to continue with the climb depending on the severity of your symptoms.