Wow! Thanks! I’ll be back :0)!
Paxton House ~200+y.o English Oak (~11.00hrs 2nd Sept 2018): You don’t need to have kids with you to do this! You dont need to be super fit or slim either! High BMI, no problem with this rope ascend technique! Great day out solo or as a group of adults. A refreshing view of Paxton House and the mature trees this day!
Looked like a huge Bur Oak (~200+y.o.) next to this English Oak. Never seen a planted one! Good equipment/safety, expert climbing advice, friendly and focused group tuition! 1 hr generally enough time for able-bodied people to ascend (20m) and decend two or three times safely and slowly.
Double rope technique with prussiks. Rigging method is intrinsically safe. Instructors monitor and adjust belay system consistently. Instructor can automatically belay client from the tree in the event of emergency. Different line heights to choose from (~8m to ~20m this day). Main instructor line was always kept available for rescue situations. All equipment (lines, carabiners, slings etc…) seen on the day were branded and rated. Adequate personal protective equipment provided. Take your own gloves and safety specs if preferred. Careful during the decent if wearing gloves. Pocketed items not advised. Take lanyards for these if absolutely necessary.
Had a great chat with Tim on the day! Lines rigged to minimise risk of falling objects and poke injuries. Tim is well qualified and easy to talk to. He has clearly used his extensive past experience to make Wild Tree Adventures ltd. in Melrose an environmentally observant and responsible company. Trees are respected; rigging minimises/eliminates damage; placement off main trunk; ascent/decent paths largely away from secondary branching and fragile twigging; responsible use of slings/cambium savers and animals, birds, insects are accounted for during preinspection. Very little loose or deadwood in the canopy on the day, minimising risk of injury from falling objects.
This tree was selected based on substantial canopy surveys (previous and on the day). Kids are made welcome. Everyone is taught and entertained based on ability and personal requirements. Both male and female instructors. Disabled people welcome and generally require some use of their lower body apparently. Talk with Tim! :)Ace Company:)