Study programmes / B-ARB Arboristics / Tree Climbing
Course code:STROM
Course title in language of instruction:Stromolezení
Course title in Czech:Stromolezení
Course title in English:Tree Climbing
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (4 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/0/3 (hours weekly/ hours weekly/ days in semester); part-time, 19/0/0 (h/h/days in semester)
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week; part-time, lectures per period / seminars per period)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:SS 2019/2020 - FFWT
Name of lecturer:Ing. Karel Mikulenka (instructor, lecturer)
prof. Ing. Jindřich Neruda, CSc. (supervisor)
Ing. Pavel Nevrkla (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
Prerequisites:Technique for Arboriculture
Aims of the course:The knowledge of theoretical bases and the practical use of current methods for climbing to tree crowns. Requirements for the occupational health and safety at work in tree crowns and searching for the evaluation of working hazards. Optimization solutions of the selection of technological procedures and personal equipment, cost, environmental and other aspects. Effective provision of the first aid and the rescue of persons from crowns of standing trees. Planning and organization of treewalking operations. If the subject graduate finishes the subject with evaluation "excellent" and obtains 90 points of 100 at a practical credit, he can obtain a certificate on the successful graduation of the subject.
Course contents:
1.Introduction into problems, basic conceptions, differentiation of possible climbing to tree crowns. History of the development of technologies of climbing to tree crowns. Limiting factors and specificities of given technologies. Legislative limitations of the work in the tree crown. (allowance 2/0)
2.Information on basic legislative regulations /rules at climbing to tree crowns and work in the tree crown. EP 2001/45/ES regulations, government order No. 362/2005 Gaz., government order No. 28/2001 Gaz. (allowance 2/0)
3.Construction and material of textile ropes. Technical properties of ropes affecting their use. Service life, care, protection and checking textile ropes. Specificities of using ropes of various constructions and material composition. (allowance 2/0)
4.The theory of using knots in arboriculture. Reduction of the lifting capacity of ropes at the use of knots. The theory of correct binding and using the knots. The classification of knots according to the method of use. Practical training in binding the knots. (allowance 2/0)
5.Differentiation of current rope techniques at climbing to tree crowns and work in the tree crown. One-rope and two-rope technique, advantages and disadvantages. Rise to the tree crown, work in the crown and safe descent. (allowance 2/0)
6.Personal protective means serving from fall. Safety harness, safety grippers and absorbers of fall, crash helmets, position equipment, pulleys, snap hooks and blocking equipment. Safety requirements and testing methods. (allowance 2/0)
7.The first aid at accidents related to arboriculture operations, particularly treewalking. (allowance 2/0)
8.Safety standards and rules at using other means for climbing tree crowns. Ladders, plateaux, methods of their use. (allowance 2/0)
9.Rescue of persons from trees. Methods of using potential climbs. (allowance 2/0)
10.Organization of work at treewalking operations. Coordination of operations and methods of communication, determination of signals. Competency and responsibility at defining endangered areas. Regulations at using tools in tree crowns. (allowance 2/0)
11.Credit test of the knowledge of safety legal rules. Credit test of knot binding. (allowance 2/0)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to make decisions
-ability to organize and plan ahead
-ability to solve problems
-quality concept awareness

Specific competences:
-Ability of safety climbing and working in tree crowns
-Ability to apply professional knowledge to climb up tree crowns
-Problem solving ability
-Specific skills neede for treeclimbing

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:Student has managed basics techniques for passing practical training. Each part is assessed by points. Maximum is 100 points, minimum for assesment is 70 points. After this, can students get on final oral exam.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendanceCombined form
Direct teaching
     lecture22 h0 h
     field work40 h30 h
     consultation8 h19 h
     preparation for exam18 h43 h
     preparation for regular assessment10 h10 h
     preparation for regular testing10 h10 h
     report from excursion, tour, practical placement4 h0 h
Total112 h112 h

Basic reading list
  • NERUDA, J. -- NEVRKLA, P. -- LADRA, D. Technika pro arboristy. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2014. 227 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-948-3.
  • NERUDA, J. -- SIMANOV, V. -- KLVAČ, R. -- SKOUPÝ, A. -- KADLEC, J. -- ZEMÁNEK, T. -- NEVRKLA, P. et al. Technika a technologie v lesnictví. Díl první. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2013. 364 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-839-4.
  • NERUDA, J. -- SIMANOV, V. -- KLVAČ, R. -- SKOUPÝ, A. -- KADLEC, J. -- ZEMÁNEK, T. -- NEVRKLA, P. Technika a technologie v lesnictví. Díl druhý. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2013. 300 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-840-0.
  • NERUDA, J. Elektronické texty – prezentace tezí přednášek a zadání do cvičení .  [online]. 2008. URL:
  • SUCHOMEL, J. -- BELANOVÁ, K. -- NERUDA, J. Analýza pracovných úrazov pri oprave a údržbe. In BLAŠKOVÁ, M. -- SUCHOMEL, J. Manažment ludského potenciálu v podniku. 1st ed. Žilina: Žilinská univerzita, 2009, p. 295--303.
  • ULRICH, R. -- NERUDA, J. -- NEVRKLA, P. Těžba náletových dřevin v ochranných pásmech železniční dopravní cesty. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2011. 57 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-564-5.
  • Baumknoten für Kletterer und Bodenleute. 4th ed. Stockelsdorf: Schlauverl., 2009. 72 p. ISBN 978-3-9810417-0-5.
  • Seilklettertechnik: Baumklettern, Geocaching, Höhlenklettern. 1st ed. Norderstedt: Books on Demand, 2011. 199 p. ISBN 978-3-8423-4949-0.
  • Seilunterstützte Arbeitstechniken in der Baumpflege: SKT-B Kursskript. 3rd ed. Kenzingen: Subtilia Verlag, 2012. 68 p. ISBN 978-3-9814061-2-2.
Recommended reading list
  • JÍLEK, J. Almanach lesního semenářství. Praha: Československé státní lesy a.s., 1951. 66 p.
  • VOSTŘÁK, J. -- NETOLICKÝ, J. Technika sběru semen ze stojících stromů. Praha: SZN, 1958. 60 p.