Tree climbing has become a fast-growing recreational activity either at home or as an outdoor sport. Climbing trees with spikes are popular for the sense of security, mobility and quick climbing ability it offers you. For most of the part, you will not feel uncomfortable or hesitant to climb a tree since you will be up and down sooner than you realize it.
We are focusing on safety tips and the best ways to use spikes. Make sure not to miss out on any key points. Learning how to put on tree climbing spikes is as essential as proper usage of other climbing gear.
Know Your Tree Climbing Spikes
Find the perfect size
The tree climbing spikes are available in medium, small or large sizes depending on your leg and foot measurement. A spike that is too big for you will interfere with your mobility raising your chances of getting hurt. The same case applies to one that is small for you; you will feel uptight and uncomfortable to climb in them.
Use efficient and quality ones
You need the best spikes to create a full effect when climbing. After all, the whole time this is the gear that will help you to hang on the tree without tripping. It should be built of standard quality that lasts long.
A comfortable cushion pad
Ant tree climber must receive unbeatable comfort whenever doing your thing. The best way to make this possible is monitoring the cushion pads; how thick or thin they are and the surface coverage. The material should be preferably leather with comfort pads. They should also have long-lasting sustainability.
The legs have to be strong, durable, moderately light and straight. You do not want to feel like you are lifting a stone off the ground instead of having fun. You can all support me by saying fun is relaxing and addictive. Just like any other product, quality in terms of durability is a priority. We have to use the spikes for as long as we need them to without degenerating. Ensure that the height of the legs is corresponding to yours.
Finely made straps
Straps are the parts that fasten the tree climbing spikes on your leg. The best way to do this is by ensuring that you are well constructed to offer you support and comfort. This is where your footsteps on for support.
How to Properly Wear Your Tree Climbing Spikes
When wearing the spikes ensure that the legs are facing the right direction. They should face one another after wearing them on both legs. This means that you should have the spikes on with the spike legs resting on the inner side of your legs. The cushion pad should also rest on the front side of your leg. This can be either below the knee or atop the knee.
Buckle on the cushion pad
As we have said, the cushion pad has to rest on the front side of your leg. The spikes have screws to adjust the cushion pad to your desired height. I like mine below the knee. Buckle the pad not too tight in your leg to ensure comfort. It does not have to be super tight to the extent that can strain blood flow. Your version of being tight is enough.
Rest your foot
Before resting your foot, make sure that you have worn strong boots that fit you perfectly not to fall off when climbing. The bottom part of the tree climbing spikes has extra-long straps that are adjustable to suit your foot size. Take the strap and run a loop on the spike leg and pull; this is for extra safety. The remaining part of the strap is fastened on the buckle attached to the leg. Make sure that it’s not too tight or too loose for mobility purposes.
Now that you know how to put on your tree climbing spikes properly together with how to identify the best ones, you are close to pro ability. Make sure you use them on pruning activity only and remember to have fun. Anyone can learn tree climbing and cultivate it in your lifestyle as part of an exhilarating adventure.