Sounds like paradise, jjacques. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this article. Ive climbed trees, mostly to escape pigs, my brothers, or to pick cherries. But never with the equipment you display here. A whole world, Ive never imagined!
Great article! A friend / colleague in grad school used similar techniques to collect lichen samples from the upper branches of tall trees... Douglas Firs, I believe. When caught without his rope & 'biners, he could scale a trunk using a short length of rope or even his belt, in the style of telephone linemen. (The short rope goes from one ankle, around the back side of the tree trunk to the other ankle... then he'd sort of leap up, grab the trunk with hands and the edges of his feet and use the rope to help brace his grip as he shimmied up like a monkey. Hey, I thought it was cool, LOL.)
That's a good one, Elmer the pig! Yes we do have pigs here but they are all well educated in the way of French gentlemen and don't chase girls;))
Oh yes such climbing is used by biologists to collect plants samples or insects or whatever is needed from the canopy. The telephone linemen technique requires good technique, muscles and nerves for sure but pretty coll indeed!