On friday 2nd july Steve and I took a bus and walk to a field between Newport and East Cowes where we found a tree bedecked with ropes. After some instruction and being fitted with hardhats and harnesses we found ourselves not so much climbing a tree as ascending a rope in a tree.
The technique uses two knots – the blue on attached to the harness is pushed up the fixed rope as high as possible. Then the foot loop (yellow) is pushed up to about neck height, so that you can get your foot into the loop and then simultaneously lift yourself up on the footloop whilst pushing the blue knot up the rope – it slides up but it does not slide down. Result: you are about 3 feet higher and ready to repeat the process.
Goodleaf treeclimbing saw us safely ascend, and descend, and even suggested some activities to keep us busy whilst up there.