We’ve posted about it here before, but it’s worth sharing again:
In the years since our last visit to Zimbabwe, the rangers there have continued to build on the tree-climbing techniques they developed during our visit.
into trees is proud to be one of the founding partners of Task Force Rhino, a charity set up in 2022 to raise money for the tree-climbing rangers of the Savé Valley, and to help connect Australian climbers with their cousins in Zimbabwe.
The image above shows a cross-section of timber taken approximately 15m below the highest rigging point in a Eucalyptus globulus that into trees climbers recently dismantled. The tree ‘felt wrong’ and the plan was adjusted: smaller pieces and as much cut-and-drop as possible.
Having a look at the timber when the job was finished showed that you need to trust your instincts. The heartwood was powder that you could crumble in your hand. The image on the right shows the decay marked in purple to make the extent easier to see.