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    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

    Trees in Challenge Courses and Adventure Parks: Aspects of a Modern Use of Trees


    Adventure parks in trees offer unique experiences that are very attractive to people, and ropes courses in trees are very popular. Like any other form of activity in trees, they involve risks; using trees as anchor points raises issues of risk management, damages to trees or to the soil structure, and sustainability. This presentation demonstrates how arboricultural experience may lead to a better construction, management, and inspection of challenge courses in trees. It describes the current state of tree-friendly systems to attach ropes and platforms. Results from static and dynamic load tests carried out on trees in ropes courses will be presented.

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    Andreas Detter, Brudi & Partner TreeConsult, Gauting, Germany

    With fifteen years of experience as a practical arborist, Detter holds an engineering degree in Landscape Design. As an appointed expert court witness and co-founder of Brudi & Partner TreeConsult in Munich, Germany, his chief occupation of the past ten years has been consulting. Andreas Detter is a member of sag-Baumstatik, an international association of consultants in tree statics. He is active in the European Ropes Courses Association, promoting awareness of tree biology and tree statics in the construction of forest adventure parks. Detter has spoken at international conferences and is the author of publications on tree-statics, cabling, and physics in climbing and rigging. He was a co-developer of the educational software Rigging 1.0. He teaches at the University of Applied Sciences in Weihenstephan, and held workshops and presentations in the U.S. and several European countries. Andreas Detter has guided research projects on arborist safety and tree stability funded by the British Health and Safety Executive and Forestry Commission as well as the TREE Fund's John Hyland's Grant Program.

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