Frequently, the first response when someone finds out that you climb trees is something like: "I used to climb trees when I was a kid." Although that is a form of recreational tree climbing, our sport differs from that general concept in two ways: 1) we use ropes and harnesses to protect ourselves from falling and 2) the first limbs of most of the trees that we climb are too high for accessed fi-om the ground without the use of ropes.
Recreational tree climbing comes directly fi-om the art of arboriculture: the trimming and treating of trees. The techniques used are virtually identical with some small dfferences in equipment.
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