New Skill

During the week, I have learned how to climb trees with a harness and how to prune them. The person who ran the event was Dan McCarthy who was the father of Steven McCarthy; a person who works with me at Adams. This event lasted two days where we ended up the last day at Thompson’s Island. Over there, me and other interns including branching out and other park service officials worked together to prune trees. I was split up to the group who climbed trees well since they were impressed by my tree climbing ability. I learned how to tree climb from high school where it was considered a class. The other group was split to another project which was pruning trees in the orchard of the Island without climbing. It’s important for people like arborists to climb trees is because it would be an easier way to get to dead limbs from tall places and it’s a good way to build strength in your upper body. After the entire experience, I felt very exhausted and tired in my legs and in general. It’s also important to stay hydrated when doing this type of exercise because you will be exerting a lot of pressure when doing so. I’m now sad that I won’t be doing this for a while now, but I’m also glad that I did this; first it made me more aware of what arborists do for a living and why they cut down trees; and also I don’t want to use my upper body strength on anything for a long time. Doing this all day can suck the energy right out of you. Now I’m back at my park and will soon be doing more work in the garden. I hope to climb again soon and attend more of these seminars in the future.



4 responses to “New Skill

  1. Liam, I agree, tree work can be incredibly strenuous! Glad to hear that you enjoyed the experience. Hopefully you will have further opportunities this summer to get back up there!


  2. Glad to hear you enjoyed it Liam! I agree, climbing really wears you out, but it is impressive that you got to join the group that did the tree pruning on Tues. Hope you get to do some more climbing this summer!


  3. Very descriptive and interesting. It makes me appreciate how labor intense your job is and what an opportunity to be in trees and see the world differently.


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