(Disclaimer: This presentation does not advocate, endorse, guarantee, imply nor infer any person can safely climb utility poles based solely on reading its content. It is for informational purposes only.)
The purpose of this page is to offer a summation of the key points of the presentation. If you are seriously pursuing pole climbing instruction, then you may want to refer here only with some fundamental knowledge of the subject.
Do lots of calisthenics before starting your training; especially leg exercises.
Buy a new pair of climbing boots. Half-shanks are more than adequat.
The climbing mantra is: Hand, Charlie, Stroke!
Keep your knees locked! (Remember: Toe down, you go down!)
Always be cognizant of the 3-Point Rule and 30° between you and the wood!
When you safety on, "Be a pro, look and know!"
To maneuver up:
Stand up, lock to Charlie,
Step and Stroke into the wood,
To maneuver down:
Strap down to approximately 0°,
Aim with heel; drop on locked knee about 12 inches,
To maneuver laterally:
Shift in the direction of lateral move,
Take a wide, shallow step,
Power straight up and lock to "Charlie",
Aim with heel; drop on locked knee 4 to 6-inches.
6 to 8-inches for normal ascent,
4 to 6-inches for maneuvering,
Inspect your equipment each time before use.
Wear work pants without rivets.
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