This morning arborists or more simply put, professional tree climbers, were up high at oak park.
Yesterday about a dozen arborists were taught new climbing techniques with new equipment.
Arborists used to use spikes to scale oaks and mighty redwoods... now they don't even need to touch the tree while climbing.
Today they were using-- or practicing a Single Rope Technique to climb and clean up the trees in oak park.
The hosts and guests agree, learning and using techniques like S-R-T can add years to a career which is usually 'old' at 10 years.
(Sylvia McNeill, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist) "Body parts start wearing out; if they're in their thirties, they're talking about changing and going to a different profession or about going into bucket truck work or some crane work. Something that doesn't require the physicality. And SRT allows that extension of climbing. My husband loves to climb, has been climbing, as I said, he's been doing it for 45 years. The only reason he is still climbing is single rope technique."
Host, Bob Underwood hopes to turn this conference into a more regular occurence, where arborists come together to help clean parks all over the country.