Tree Climbing Class, March

The weather was threatening, (The weatherman said it was going to rain) but as it turned out we did not get wet.

Jose arrived early Saturday morning and we got started on the “basic tree climbing class”

Jose was familiar with climbing techniques and had no problem remembering the knots and handling the throw line. By the time that we stopped for lunch had made made 6 in tree transfers and was feeling very confident in his newly learned climbing techniques. After lunch we got back to work tree climbing and Jose made another 6 transfers. By the end of the day he had made it to the top setting of over 85 feet in a white oak. We spent another hour or so talking about equipment selection and maintenance before wrapping it up for the day. We started out Sunday morning with a discussion of tree risk assessment before going back out to start climbing again. After a bit of tree climbing to get warmed up and to make certain that the lessons from the previous day had all been retained we went into “Rescue mode”. We always teach our students some basic rescue techniques for getting a stuck or injured DRT tree climber down to the ground safely.

Here are a few pictures from the Basic Tree Climbing Class

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Basic Tree Climbing class, October 2015

We had a great group of students for our Basic Tree Climbing Class this month. All six students showed up enthusiastic and ready to climb! We keep our classes small to assure that each student receives plenty of individual instruction, since most of our class time is spent climbing we don’t have large classes. We first allowed the students to climb on settings that we had established, just so that they would get a feel for how to go about climbing. New students often expect that they will require a great deal of upper body strength, in fact when done properly most of the climbing energy is derived from the legs. From there we began showing them the knots so that they will have a general idea of what the system looks like. We accomplished this on Friday afternoon, this way when the students came back refreshed and ready to climb on Saturday they already have an idea of what we would be doing all day long. By showing them on Friday and then Saturday having them climbing and tieing the knots we find that people are better able to retain those skills and will continue climbing long after they have left the class.

This class formed some strong friendships as they went thru the strenuous exercise and excitement of learning a new set of skills that would allow them to go to places that no other people had been.

Here are some pictures from the class:

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