Canopy Climbers - Not Your Average Tree Climbing
GAINESVILLE - Most of us got a few scraped knees as a kid or have our own kids who find adventure at the top of a tree.
But a group in Gainesville is taking tree climbing to an all new level.
In his beginning tree climbing certification class, Danny Lyons, the owner and founder of Canopy Climbers says that anyone can climb.
Danny Lyons: "we're not actually climbing the tree itself so much as we're actually climbing a rope system that is anchored into a tree."
Whether you use the trunk to get up there - or see nothing but air as you make your way to the top - Lyons says there's no need to worry about the support underneath you - "unlike rope climbing we actually sit in the saddle all the way up so you never get that feeling where you can fall because you can't."
Lyons says he's been interested in the sport since reading a book about it five years ago.
Before, he didn't even know the sport existed.
And just like people have yet to explore the depths of the ocean so too are scientists using tree climbing to discover things at the top of canopy they've never seen before - "we haven't found even a fraction of what is up there in terms of science."
Lyons says advanced tree climbers can even go from tree to tree without ever touching the forest floor.
But to become like nature you have to know how to work with nature to make it to the tops of the trees.
Max Lipman, climber getting certified: "the best part was tying all your own knots and being in control and making all of your own decisions."
The tree climbing class we watched was with a 150 year old live oak in Gum Root Park.
The system the climbers used helped prevent any friction on the branches so that the elderly tree would not be hurt.
One climber says he is afraid of heights, but the higher you get into the tree the more you forget about the ground below you.
Al Galvan, tree climber: "after awhile you forget where the ground is and especially when you get into the tree because as you get into the canopy you start losing sight of the ground all you see is trees so you feel right at home."
If you would like to take a climb yourself, check out Danny's website here: http://www.canopyclimbers.com/
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