lurking women, care to introduce yourselves?

Merle Nelson

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Location
SF Bay Area, CA
Welcome Kristin. I am male and don't see a ton of female activity on TreeBuzz, sadly for that segment of the population. But, I find this site to be respectful to all that approach it in the spirit of love of climbing and learning.

Keep coming back, search out the topics that most interest you - there are years of education on any given thing in the form of archived conversations.

I will incourage a woman who works with me to sign up and jump in. She happens to be close to your age, loves tree work, and is newer to climbing too.

Again, welcome.
 

KristinL

Member
Location
Tahlequah
I had no idea about this site when I got into tree care but unfortunately my first experience in my small area was a group of hacks so my first year of learning has been a little stunted lol. I didn't learn anything of significance, other than from the tree climbers companion, until I met Jim a few months ago and he has since then shown me these amazing avenues of learning.
 

Merle Nelson

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Location
SF Bay Area, CA
Hello good to see more women out there

Ha, well welcome Amber Jones. With your thirst for knowledge and more understanding I suspect you will absolutely love this place.

For both you and Kristin above (as well as all of us) you may not have someone right around with your same focus for learning at one particular time but with TreeBuzz it is much easier to be in touch with someone. And this goes all the more for opportunities to learn from others and opportunities to share what you're good at with others.

Congratulations on beginning a whole new adventure.
 
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Treelimbjim

Member
Location
Dallas, Texas
Hello, my name is Kristin Hammond, I'll be 30 this year. I'm from Tahlequah. I'm fairly new to tree care, have been in it a year now but I've been hooked since day one. I've started climbing now and couldn't imagine doing anything else.
And she's a darned good climber for her skill level!
Hoping to see her grow her experience and skill, as a teammate as well as part of the 'Buzz family!
 

TimBr

Official Well Known Greeter
@KristinL; @Amber Jones; A big welcome to both of you to the TreeBuzz forum! I think you will both really like it here! I know I do!

Be sure to use the search utility to find a bunch of great old threads on any subject relating to tree work. The library of older threads is just sitting there, waiting to be explored. Best wishes.

Tim
 

jacnewton

Member
Location
Newton
Hello, I'm Julie. I'm new to the forums but not "new" to Arboriculture. I've been doing PHC, climbing, removals, etc with a few companies since 2013. I've been an assistant instructor with the Women's Tree Climbing Workshop since 2017 and am currently the Arboriculture Manager at Newton Cemetery & Arboretum in Newton, MA.

I'm looking forward to more discussions on the forums! Hi everyone
 

Serf Life

Well-Known Member
Location
Maine Island
Hello, I'm Julie. I'm new to the forums but not "new" to Arboriculture. I've been doing PHC, climbing, removals, etc with a few companies since 2013. I've been an assistant instructor with the Women's Tree Climbing Workshop since 2017 and am currently the Arboriculture Manager at Newton Cemetery & Arboretum in Newton, MA.

I'm looking forward to more discussions on the forums! Hi everyone
Welcome!
 

TimBr

Official Well Known Greeter
@jacnewton, Welcome Julie! I think you are going to like it here! Congratulations on making your first posts to the forum, and on doing so well in such a short time in your chosen trade. I look forward to reading much more from you. Take care.

Tim
 

B_Strange

Well-Known Member
Location
Simmonsville
Hello, I'm Julie. I'm new to the forums but not "new" to Arboriculture. I've been doing PHC, climbing, removals, etc with a few companies since 2013. I've been an assistant instructor with the Women's Tree Climbing Workshop since 2017 and am currently the Arboriculture Manager at Newton Cemetery & Arboretum in Newton, MA.

I'm looking forward to more discussions on the forums! Hi everyone
Howdy Julie!
 

Marie Muma

Member
Location
Port Townsend
I turned 70 on March 7th of this year and soon thereafter stumbled on the sport of Recreational Tree Climbing. I contacted David Stice of Wesspur as well as my local arborist here in Port Townsend, WA. By early September, I had a climbing line in our garage rafters and had purchased a recommended set-up for RADS/YoYo technique: CMC clutch, Petzl Left Hand Ascender, carabiner with pulley (for extra mechanical advantage), New Tribe Twist Saddle (after trying about 8 other ones), Petzl Dyneema foot loop as well as 300 feet of climbing rope (basal anchor with Petzl I’D Belay).
We had our local arborist install a Buckingham Friction Saver 70 feet up in our chosen Douglas Fir Tree (giving us a water view from our 3.5 acre mostly forested home). Finally on Oct 24, we were able to hire a certified arborist trainer (recommended by Dave Stice) to come out for one full day of training. By then, we were already making partial ascents and Tyler “tweaked” our technique and took us up to the very top where we were finally able to see Protection Island for ourselves!!!
We now climb every 2 days, weather permitting. We have a permanent Chain Friction Saver that Tyler replaced for us. We have one other tree with a similar set up that awaits us when we feel like it.
Our purpose for embarking on this sport is exercise, nature viewing, and mood-enhancement. We also plan to install a series of zip lines in the future, finding a great device that has a brake on it and is sold by a guy out near Portland, Oregon.
The climbing rope and retrieval line are both stored on our little deck. We take the climbing rope down after each climb.
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Merle Nelson

Well-Known Member
Location
SF Bay Area, CA
A book that I was attracted to a long time ago was, Growing Old Is Not For Sissies. In there, and a lot of other places, I have always noticed people over 65 - sometimes well over, doing sports activities that relatively few do.

Swimming in the ocean near San Francisco, a woman starting into mountain climbing in her 70's was interviewed at 89 or so, 70 year old male body builder that was building muscle and bone as well as 30 year olds and looked the envy of most men.

Doing tree work through life I have always enjoyed hearing peoples personal stories. One thing I have noticed is that people who keep using their bodies - putting demand on it, keep in pretty good working order right up close to the day of their death.
 

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