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Tree climbing has come a long way since it was done by adventurous young boys building tree houses. Now there are a raft of professions from aborists and tree surgeons and a collection of tree climbing enthusiasts who can be seen scaling the heights. In order to satisfy this need a wide range of specialist tree climbing rope has hit the market. Originally arborist rope would have simply been appropriated from climbing shops, but now with more accurate length and safety, rope for tree climbing can be specially bought. Tree climbing rope is without doubt the single most important piece of kit you will buy before setting out and up some trees. The best quality rope is important because it may be the difference between life and death if a rotten bough snaps on your ascent. Once you have bought ropes always check them carefully with eyes and hands before you rely on them. As a rough guide tree ropes come in diameters of 13mm or 11mm and should be at least twice the length of the tree you intend to climb. This means that if you plan to scale a fifty-foot tree you will need a hundred feet of rope. The ropes you choose should be non-elastic, so there is no stretching while you use them and should also be braided. It is important to avoid 'twist constructed' rope as this will spin you around when you are in the air and may cause you to hit the tree.