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Climbers' Corner

Climbers' Corner

Pssst, It’s all Single Line Technique! But is the Climbing Line moving or stationary?
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
9:55 AM — 10:40 AM
Trade Show Floor
A, T, L, Bp

Modern tree climbing techniques and equipment have been steadily evolving since the early 1990’s. This is probably truer today more so than ever. ISA’s Tree Climbing Competitions have been one of the major catalysts for innovation and creativity as climbers from all around the world interact and compete against one another. That coupled with the growth of the internet and smart technology has greatly accelerated the exchange of information amongst climbers everywhere.

  Unfortunately, when things change so fast, terminology can often be very confusing. In this presentation we will attempt to clarify some of the confusion, especially around the use of the term ‘Single Line Technique’ as well as look at some of the pros and cons of modern tree climbing systems.

Presenter Information

    • Rip Tompkins
      Rip has been in the Tree Care Industry for the past 29 years. He is co-owner of ArborMaster, a company specializing in safety, skill and productivity training for the tree care industry. Rip is an MCA (Massachusetts Certified Arborist) and ISA Certified Arborist and past president of the MAA (Massachusetts Arborist Association). After winning the International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) in 1996, he was the Head Judge and Chairman of the ITCC for the next 12 years. He remains a member of the ITCC Rules Committee and a Special Advisor to the European Tree Climbing Championships (ETCC) Operations Committee. He is a researcher and innovator of climbing, chainsaw, rigging and rescue systems, author of numerous articles and training videos and a member of the ANSI Z-133 Committee. Rip has conducted training programs extensively across North America as well as Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. 

      ArborMaster, Little Compton, RI, United States