Beginner Tree Climbing certifications

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eliahd24
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Beginner Tree Climbing certifications

Post by eliahd24 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:09 pm

Hi NTS,
It is with great pleasure that I announce my completion of the Tree Climbers International Beginner's Tree Climber Course (BTCC)... and it was AWESOME! Patty and Peter Jenkins (TCI owners/operators) have long insisted that I get officially trained and I'm so glad they pushed me to do it. It's such a wonderful, unique, liberating, and calming experience to be dozens of feet up in large tree. I can't even imagine what it's like to be in a 192' Tuliptree like Will's crew did in the Smokies or 300+ feet up in the redwoods like Dr. Sillett and his crew. 50 feet seems pretty dang high to me!

At any rate, the course was amazing and I highly recommend it to any NTS interested in getting trained. No experience or equipment is necessary and TCI has a great "clubhouse"/hostel/guest house here in Atlanta where you can stay during your course. It's quite nice.

Check them out for yourself: http://www.treeclimbing.com

Cheers,
Eli

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Re: Beginner Tree Climbing certifications

Post by AndrewJoslin » Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:00 pm

Nice going Eli, looking forward to climbing with you some day.
-AJ

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Re: Beginner Tree Climbing certifications

Post by Will Blozan » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:17 pm

Eli,

Very cool! The highest I have been able to climb in the eastern forests is 175' in the Fork Ridge Tuliptree (actual tie-in point). This is likely to be unmatched anywhere since taller trees are likely to be skinny-ass second-growth. Out west I have tied-in at 305 feet in the second tallest sequoia (311'). For the record I have maximum tie-in points for a few eastern species;

Eastern hemlock 167'
Tuliptree 175'
Eastern white pine 165'

It is unlikely that these numbers will be broken.

Will

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Re: Beginner Tree Climbing certifications

Post by Joe » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:35 pm

do you guys ever get a bit nervous up there? or even panicky? just wondering....
Joe

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Re: Beginner Tree Climbing certifications

Post by eliahd24 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:51 am

Will- how high did you get in the Boogerman Pine before the top blew out? Those numbers are incredible btw!

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Re: Beginner Tree Climbing certifications

Post by Will Blozan » Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:49 pm

Eli,

I never climbed the "Boog" before the top blew out, unfortunately. I probably could have reached 170' before the critical sphincter pucker-point was reached...

Will

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Re: Beginner Tree Climbing certifications

Post by pdbrandt » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:13 pm

Hey Eli,

Congratulations on getting certified with TCI. It is a beautiful thing to hang out in the crown of a gentle giant! I look forward to hearing how you merge your climbs with your NTS interests.

Patrick
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