Wednesday, October 13, 2010

How to Rig Aerial Apparatuses from Trees

This is not a recommended method of rigging according to professionals because of the potential danger from not knowing how strong the tree is, etc. Aerial Empowerment is not liable if you attempt to rig from trees.

I personally rig my apparatuses (Aerial Silks, Hoop, Trapeze, Hammock, etc) from trees.
AllI use is:
*Climbing/Arborist Rope: A minimum of 60ft or longer, high tensile strength rope (Rock climbing rope, I personally am using an arborist rope which I prefer for trees because they have a tough outside layer that is abrasion resistant which is ideal for trees).
*Smaller rope: tied to one end of the thicker rope, this one should be lighter weight to throw over the branch, trust me, you're not going to want to throw over just the thicker rope unless you don't have to throw very high.
*Heavy Object- attached to smaller rope to throw over the branch. Should be heavy enough that it will come back down to the ground on the other side of the branch so that you can grab it and pull the rope over. You can use scrap metal, horse shoe (though I don't personally recommend incase it gets stuck on a branch.) You can use rocks, one of my students used her shoe, etc just get creative but beware whatever you throw can potentially get stuck in the tree.

I had a video but I had quite a few professional riggers get very upset about my method so I took it down. It is not the safest method to rig according to them, but I personally have been doing it for over 3 years and have not had any problem, failures, or have harmed any trees in the process they are all still growing and blossoming every year. Note that if you leave a tree tied up over time it could kill the tree so NEVER leave the tree rigged when not in use.

48 comments:

  1. Do you still have the video on private? I'd appreciate if you could share it with me. I personally don't have anywhere to set up my silkd in my house and don't have money at this time to purchase a rig, so I will tree hunting come spring. My email is jnybeth@gmail.com and on youtube my user name is jnybeth. Thanks!

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    1. I would like to see the video as well. I figure, it would be a lot safer watching someone who's done it probably thousands of times, rather than me trying to wing it. My email is jessacawillis@yahoo.com

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  3. Hello. I'm also wondering if you could send the video. I'm in a town with no aerial outlet and am trying to use the tree in my backyard. Please email me! nashvegasoboe@gmail.com.

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  4. Ditto here too! asilverwillow@gmail.com :)

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  5. if you could email me too! tessburow@aol.com :)

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  6. I guess if she isn't posting the video, someone let us on here know.. so we can stop asking :P Otherwise PLEASE send me the video.. I am going to rig up my tree as best I can! Thanks! hzperez@gmail.com

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  7. hello please emil me the video if you can, thank you! chianajj@comcast.net

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  8. Hi there, I am also interested in this video, if you could email or share your rigging technique that would be wonderful. Greatly appreciate your help. Thanks! Email is yanniebananie@yahoo.com

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  9. Please send me the video as well. Thanks so much for sharing your work.
    amanda@aetherseed.com

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  10. Hi, would you mind sending the video to ndrajh@gmail.com as well, THANK YOU!

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  11. I would love it also: elaynemorrison@gmail.com :)

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  12. I would also really appreciate this video. thanks! Agentlmiller007@gmail.com

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  13. Hi there, Would also love to be able to see this video would be a great help. joecrippscollege@gmail.com

    Thanks Joe

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  14. i'd love to get this video... please send if you can :o) kristashows@gmail.com thank you :o)))

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  15. Anyway I could get the video as well? My email is ammaniphone@gmail.com. I have a tree in mind. Thanks a lot.

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  16. If you are sending this out I would love a copy. Appreciate you. I live in the woods. :)
    jdavis7367@aol.com

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  17. again, if you are showing id love to see the link... jsa095@hotmail.com

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  18. Please also send the video link to Jantenorcruz@gmail.com!!

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  19. hi could you send me the video! I would like to see how to put one up! thanks! jennifer.dyble@mytwu.ca

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  20. i would really love this video, have been looking for info just like it for forever it seems... bburton614@gmail.com

    thank you! <3

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  21. I would also love to see this video

    katwriting1 at gmail dot com

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  22. please send me the video too! Thanks so much
    nikkidodson1981@gmail.com

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  23. Hello! I'd love to see the video too please. girlportmanteaued@gmail.com

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  24. what to i do if my silk gets rained on?!?! :(

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  25. Hello. I've seen your (great) video before it had been taken down. Please send the link to me at: otaku.ooo@gmail.com--I want to take another look. It's a pity you took it down; there's no perfect way to rig, and the way you showed works especially well for quick rigging--while traveling, etc, for static work, conditioning, when there's no access to facilities. The "professional riggers" are all about sucking money from people, that's the only reason for their complaints--they want us to pay for their portable rigs--at the same time, NOT ONE rigger (all the well-known ones) was able to quote me either breaking load or working load for rigs they sell--which speaks volumes--most of them are very unprofessional in general. I'm an engineer by education and don't buy into their boo-hoo, basically. I recommend you put the video back up; it's better than people will just rig in whatever way their mind comes up with. If any riggers complaint: ASK THEY FOR BREAKING LOADS ON THEIR JUNK AND DATA TO BACK UP WITH, A SINGLE ACTUAL TEST CONDUCTED. They got none.

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  26. Hi ! same request: could you email me the video link please? thank you! aparnasarkar92@gmail.com

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  27. Hi there - please could you send the link to me: cathy@good-vibrations.org.uk Many thanks!

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  28. Can I please get a copy of the video? toddy.fiend@gmail.com

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  29. I would like to see this video as well. Thank you! emnikitina1@gmail.com

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  30. Would like video too PLease!!!
    smokahontass@gmail.com

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  31. Hey! could you email this video to me by any chance? Thanks!

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  32. Can you email me the video as well? I would also love to look at the video, I don't plan on practicing higher than around 10-12 feet off the ground anyway! yoganess@msn.com, thank you in advance!

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  33. Hi, may I get linked to your video too please? hau_cindy@yahoo.com

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  34. Hello, may I also get the video please? mrsknitt@gmail.com.

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  35. Would also very much appreciate and love to have this emailed :) guimaracy@gmail.com

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  36. I would also like to see the video.

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  37. I would love to see: portia.dipasquale@gmail.com

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  38. Hi - could you please send the video? Thanks. r.murray08@gmail.com

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  39. Hi,me too please, Jonnyphoenix@hotmail.com , thank you,my gf will be so happy!

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  40. Hi, could you please email me the video too!
    mslydiakoh@gmail.com

    Many Thanks!!!

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  41. Could you please send the video? alegv06@hotmail.com
    Many thanks!

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  42. Are you still sending out your video? I would love to see it. My email is donedin.jackson@gmail.com

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  43. I would also love to see the video. I just received my lyra today and I'm trying to rig it to my tree outside. Thank you!

    little.death.howl@gmail.com


    -Erin

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  44. Hey can you please email me the video. luongolauren@gmail.com I've seen it before i just wanted to double check how you knotted the rope around the tree..
    thank you so much
    lauren

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  45. could you also send it to me aswine3e@yahoo.com

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  46. I would love the video as well
    michellelenhart1@gmail.com
    thank

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