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Dan Holliday

What's up Climber Nation! So stoked to have Dan Holliday of on the podcast. This was a fantastic conversation, we had a lot of fun. We dive deep into Dan's backstory, how he ended up living in Canada, his take on the value of online teaching materials in the trade, apprenticeship, building his website, climbing competitions, and much, much more. This is gonna be good! Visit me at Climb high, Work smart, Read more. - Patrick


World Champion Tree Climber: Krista Strating

Today I'm joined on the podcast by the reigning North American and International tree climbing champion, Krista Strating. We dive deep into what it takes to compete at a high level, how she got into the trade, why tree climbing competitions are so important, the changing role of women in arboriculture, teaching the younger generation, and much, much more. This is gonna be good! Climb High, Work Smart, Read More. - Treemuggs Connect with me at


This Too Shall Pass

I’ve seen it time and time again. We get started on a big tree, we get going at a good pace, working away steadily for a couple of hours, and then we have the tendency to sort of extrapolate out the day based on the current pace. But inevitably we hit the wall. It’s a physical wall, you are tired and sore, but more importantly, it’s a mental wall. Now, for his part, in this particular tree, I don’t think James knew he would hit that wall. He had never climbed that long before in one...


The Perception of Value

Today on the podcast we explore some fundamental aspects of how we price our services in this industry. This is a very complex topic, and there is a lot of disagreement out there, so I want to start off by saying that I am no expert. I haven’t “figured it all out”. But I do have some thoughts. Pricing is serious business, seriously. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, “Pricing is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” The truth is, the biggest companies in the world struggle with...


August Hunicke

In this episode, the original MonkeyBeaver himself reveals some of his secrets for filming and editing tree work, and storytelling on Youtube. We dive deep into just how much grit and determination is required to stick with it, when you're part-way through a tree job and it seems like it would be so much easier to just put the cameras away and get the job done! We also talk about his backstory, where his work ethic and passion for tree work came from, how he dealt with having all of his...


Origin Stories: The Rope Wrench with Kevin Bingham

This is the behind-the-scenes story of the development of the Rope Wrench, from the godfather of SRT himself, Mr. Kevin Bingham. From the initial idea that led to the F8 Revolver, to online collaboration that produced the ZK-1, to licensing the Wrench to ISC and refining the tool to produce the shiny ZK-2, this is the inside scoop that few have heard. We also dive deep into the backstory of how Kevin got into climbing, where innovation comes from, Kevin's ideas for bike-based tree care...


Subcontracting 101

In this episode, we explore some of the basic aspects of subcontracting/freelancing, one of the easiest and best ways for an up and coming arborist to transition from being an employee to being self-employed. We start with the basic concepts and then go on to explore equipment, expectations and responsibilities, money, liability, choosing your customers, and promoting your skills. This is gonna be good! This episode is brought to you by The Schultz Effect. Documenting Pfannerman's...


Telling Your Story

Good day friends! Today we are looking at harnessing the power of the internet and social media to create an online presence for your tree service or tree care company. We explore what I consider to be the 5 essential elements of online marketing for your business in 2018: 1. a website 2. an email list 3. a Facebook page 4. an Instagram account 5. a Youtube account The concept is this: how can I take everything that I have learned from promoting my side hustle, EducatedClimber, and...


Podcast Introduction and Manifesto

Welcome friends! So excited to get the new podcast out to the world. No set format, no set length, opinionated and raw, the podcast will explore primarily the business side of the industry, with interviews from innovators and entrepreneurs who make their living in the canopy. This is gonna be good! In this first episode we explore a little bit about my background in both audio recording and tree work, and we set out the framework for what you can expect from the podcast in the future.