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    I went out hunting for some chaga today and found quite a bit but cant figure out a way to harvest it. the nodes I have found are between 15 and 25 feet up. any ideas on how to harvest this?

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    I'd probably use a short pruning saw mounted on a pole.

    It'd be hard work but worth it. Chaga is good trade material!
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    im not sure if it would reach all of them. Im thinking about trying to rope climb up to them

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    Telescopic aluminum handle of sorts. Something similar to the nets people use to dip shad or other baitfish?

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    borrow a climbing stand?
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    chop the tree down with a beautifully restored old axe

    Then post pics of the axe in question.

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    A guy I work with and I have found a stand of birch that is loaded with chaga. We're not worried about it getting taken, as there isn't anyone else that we are aware of that looks for it. Is there a market for this stuff anywhere, non-processed, other than as trade material? We haven't taken much out yet, only a few pounds. I know of it's use as herbal alternatives and fire tinder, but not sure about it's worthwhile longevity once removed from the tree. Is it like any other fungus, dry it out?

    I stopped into one of the "herbal alternative" type stores and asked if they had any interest in it. They were familiar with it but showed no interest in having it in its unprocessed, straight from the woods, form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DHags View Post
    I went out hunting for some chaga today and found quite a bit but cant figure out a way to harvest it. the nodes I have found are between 15 and 25 feet up. any ideas on how to harvest this?
    Sometimes I use a long stick other times a rock but that's risky as what goes up must come down.

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    I was out collecting some chaga today and had this problem, I saw large amounts of it out of reach as well! I was lucky and found some closer to the ground but there a lots of birch trees in my area, so finding chaga is not too difficult if you are willing to hike around for a few hours (the lack of foliage this time of year makes them easy to spot from a distance).

    I have used a rock, handsaw, knife, and axe to remove chunks off from the tree.

    I hope you get your chaga!

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    Is chaga hard on the outside when it's still attached? Does it tend to grow where limbs once were or in damaged parts of the tree?

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