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rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 4, 2013 - 10:04am PT
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Credit: rincon
Killer Tree!
Killer Tree!
Credit: rincon

Saw this next to a road near The Needles last summer.

I'm curious what it means...anyone know?
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Feb 4, 2013 - 10:06am PT
Land management agencies and loggers use that tape to cordon off trees that could kill people. I still have a roll of it. . . it always cracked me up!

:-)
rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 4, 2013 - 10:23am PT
Aha!

Thanks for the info.

Pretty funny considering all the objective hazards in the mountains...and they think a downed tree needs caution tape.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Feb 4, 2013 - 10:26am PT
We used to joke that the entire frikken forest needed to be wrapped in the stuff - especially considering our target market!

:-)
Hardly Visible

Social climber
Llatikcuf WA
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:46am PT
Credit: Hardly Visible

My mistake I thought ya said tree killer
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:54am PT
Strange ..... So did you see the tree kill?????
Norwegian

Trad climber
Pollock Pines, California
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:55am PT
this one almost killed me.
spilled my f*#king oatmeal,
it was the day that i become a logger.
Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 4, 2013 - 12:48pm PT

Norwegian,

When did that happen? Must have woken you up!
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Feb 4, 2013 - 01:24pm PT
Wow, Norwegian. Goes to show that most accidents happen close to home.

"it was the day that i become a logger'


I've had to lumberjack my way out of my own driveway a few times. This one was the worst. About half a day to chew my way out.



philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Feb 4, 2013 - 02:01pm PT
Wicked, wicked trees.
Norwegian those are some wicked killer tree pics.
How nice to get free airconditioning though.

About ten years ago I was up around 4 in the am putting the last touches on packing for a trip to the High Sierra. My wife and I were just futzin' around and chatting while waiting for A friend (wbw on the taco) to pick me up for a ride on his way to Yosemite. It was a dark and stormy night (hehe always wanted to say that) in Boulder. The Bubble was a bluster with hard swirling winds. All of a sudden there was a tremendous house shaking whoomp. The lights flickered off and on a few times and I looked at Julia like maybe we were in Kansas Toto. At first sight everything was pitch black outside. But I came to realize that I couldn't see any lights out side because our house was engulfed in once rooted tree. The 100+ MPH swirling wind gusts had ripped one of our big trees right out of the ground and slammed it all over our house. Every door and virtually every window was completely blocked. I had to cut my way out to survey the damages. It was remarkable. There was a huge mess but almost no real structural damages. The swirling wind must have provided some lift that mitigated the damage you would expect from a full grown tree slamming into a roof. Big branches were impaled through the flagstone patio and even into the basement window wells but not a single pane of glass was broken even though branches and leaves were jammed up against them.
The main trunk lay sprawled completely across the house but worst of all one big branch was pressing down hard on the overhead power feed coming into the house. I have pics somewhere I will look for. At the time all three of my kids were under ten and I couldn't in good conscience leave them in that precarious state. I had to call wbw and cancel. Spent the next several days lumberjackin' instead of climbing. Bummer, bummer, bummer. My hammock was tied to that tree.
crock

Trad climber
The Windiest Mountain, Wyoming
Feb 4, 2013 - 03:15pm PT
The tape is used to indicate a potentially lethal hazard you might not otherwise notice.

In this case, the hazard is probably some trapped branches or trunks in a metastable configuration leaning against each other. Eventually, probably in a breeze, this material will release.

You need to look up when you see that tape!
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Feb 4, 2013 - 03:47pm PT
If a tree kills in the forest and there was no one around to see it did it make a sound?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 4, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
I got hit by a falling pine cone. It made my day.

I looked up in time to avoid the falling branch.

Downhill from the Glacier Point road on the way in to Starr King.

Philo, the answer is yes. This is the modern era, in which waves exist and we are cognizant of them.

Ask, rather, do the waves exist.
(It's just sooo rhetorical around here today.)
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Feb 4, 2013 - 04:28pm PT
A warning shot ah a tree with manners.
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Feb 4, 2013 - 04:37pm PT
But not ALL the trees are killers,

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The Call Of K2 Lou

climber
Squamish
Feb 4, 2013 - 04:40pm PT
Wayne LaPierre just called a press conference to propose putting armed guards in every forest in America.
dave729

Trad climber
Western America
Feb 4, 2013 - 04:59pm PT
Trees are known killers and only fools would ignore the danger. Falling on
homes, cars, people from prehistoric times. So why will not the government
do something to stop the carnage! Let the tree jihad begin!


http://articles.dailypilot.com/2011-09-15/news/tn-dpt-0916-tree-20110915_1_eucalyptus-tree-massive-trunk-towering-eucalyptus


Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 4, 2013 - 06:32pm PT
DOOD! You are so double-parked!
Credit: Reilly
Meagher

Trad climber
Reno, NV
Feb 4, 2013 - 10:23pm PT
As a professional arborist I must say some of these pictures are really good. I agree that in some ways that whole forest should be wrapped in that! The reason that we do it however is that if the tree can't be dealt with immediately, but we have acknowledged that it is a hazard, by wrapping it like this, it reduces the liability to whoever was notified of the situation.

Sadly its fairly ineffective in my opinion because most people see the tape and act like nothing is different. One of the scariest incidents of my life occurred at our local university when I was topping out an 80 foot or so elm tree and a girl wearing head phones walked through our cones, ducked under our caution tape, ignored the caution signs, stepped through all the brush that was on the ground, and right into my drop zone. I didn't see her down there because whenever you're falling a top you look up to make sure that things are going good, and that YOU are safe. My ground man was screaming at her from over by our brush chipper but because of her headphones she didn't hear a thing. The top popped off the cut and as it fell to the ground i watched it miss her by no more than 2 feet. She seriously must have felt it brush past her, but she continued on like nothing had happened.

To this day I still wonder how it was possible that she saw the cones and warning signs, ducked the caution tape, walked past our truck and chipper, through the brush, ignored the sound of a chain saw and my ground man yelling, and was narrowly killed without ever acting like anything had happened. Its good to know that she now probably has a degree and is considered by society as "educated".
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Feb 4, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
I think that honda needs better suspension.
john hansen

climber
Feb 4, 2013 - 10:36pm PT
Thats why they call them "Widow makers"
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