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ATOMIK HOW-TO-SERIES #12
12.1
Attaching Climbing Holds to a Tree
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Turning a tree without merit into a safe and awesome climbing structure.

ATOMIK - Attaching Climbing Holds to a Tree
12.2
DISCLAIMER
Just because it's there does not mean you should climb it
- If you are not proficient in setting up a top rope belay and belaying, you should stop right here and consult a professional. Being in a tree is dangerous unless you know what you are doing.
- Attaching holds to any tree can kill them. The tree in the How-To has to be removed so we are making the most of it while it is still up.

ATOMIK - Attaching Climbing Holds to a Tree
12.3
MORE SAFETY NOTES
- Ropes and harnesses must be removed from the tree every time. They will not withstand the elements of nature.
- Consider public access to the tree. It is important to not let anyone get up the tree without being roped in; therefore we removed the bottom 8 feet in this example.
- We use a ladder to gain access when in use.

ATOMIK - Attaching Climbing Holds to a Tree
12.4
THE TOP ROPE ANCHOR
- Install a chain anchor with two points of protection.
That means if one system fails, there is a backup system.
- This anchor has 3/8" chain wrapped around a 12" limb.
It is backed up using 4" lag screws through the bolt hangers.
- NEVER use lag screws as a primary anchor.

ATOMIK - Attaching Climbing Holds to a Tree
12.5
PREPARING TO WORK IN THE TREE
Safety first!
- Now that you have a climbing rated rope through your top rope belay, you can work off of that or off of a ladder.
- Always be attached to the tree when over 8" off of the ground via a daisy chain.

ATOMIK - Attaching Climbing Holds to a Tree
12.6
ATTACHING THE HOLDS
Small footprints work best
- The key to choosing holds for a tree is for them to be screw-on and to have a small foot print.
- Small foot printed holds gives you a better change to the hold laying flush against the tree.
- The larger the foot print of the hold; the harder it is to get the hold to lay flat.
- You do not want climbers to be able to get their fingers behind the base of the hold and the tree.

ATOMIK - Attaching Climbing Holds to a Tree
12.7
ATTACHING THE HOLDS
And the right spot
- Move the hold around the tree to find a flat spot.
- Look for a different hold if the one in your hand is not lying flat.
- Remove any bark that may keep the hold from lying flat.
- Use 3" to 4" Self Drilling Deck Screws with a drill driver to install the holds.

ATOMIK - Attaching Climbing Holds to a Tree
12.8
CLIMBING THE TREE
Safety first. Belay always.
- Safety first. If you don't know how to belay, seek a professional.
- Always be tied in using a climbing rated rope and harness.
- Always use a rated belay device, no matter the weight of climber.