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Advanced Tree Climbing Workshop

June 10 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Bear LeVangie, Melissa LeVangie and Rebecca Seibel-Hunt CEUs: 7.75 ALMTU / 7.5 B-P, 0.25 B-M

The Pacific Northwest Chapter and the Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop are excited work together to offer this Advanced Tree Climbing Skills Workshop. The workshop is open to people of any gender identification. The instructors are experienced at teaching climbers from many backgrounds.

This workshop is for climbers who are beyond the basics. Individuals shall be confident conducting the following skills before considering attending this event:

  • Identify and communicate PPE and climbing components
  • Installing their own climbing system
  • Move freely around a tree’s canopy
  • Limb walk further than a body’s length from the trunk of the tree
  • Advance your own climbing line while aloft
  • Ascend beyond 50’ in the canopy comfortably

The workshop’s focus is to develop the skills of more experienced climbers. In this workshop you will:

  • Develop and learn throwline skills beyond a simple up and over a branch
  • Develop ascension methods beyond one or two styles
    • Including single and double rope techniques
  • Develop the utilization of redirects and multiple tie-in points
  • Enhance the ability to advance your climbing system
  • Learn how to incorporate swings safely
  • Transfer from tree to tree
  • Move around a tree with a chainsaw
  • Learn how equipment choices enhance climbing techniques
  • Learn better body mechanics to ward off injury

This workshop will offer stations where climbers can focus their attention on the skills they feel they need the most attention.

Registration Includes:

Instruction, meals (coffee breaks and lunch), networking, climber insurance, CEUs, use of climbing equipment, and a whole-lotta fun! This rate does not include lodging.

If you need overnight accommodations, please contact Talaris directly. They have guest rooms on a courtesy hold for a discounted group rate of $169 per night. These rooms are available for attendees to book until Friday, March 30th, 2019.

Participant Information:

  • Clothing: Please wear long pants, over the ankle hiking boots and short or long sleeve shirts (no tank tops). Please dress and plan for weather - sunscreen, insect repellent and rain/warm gear.
  • Participants can bring their own equipment, gear inspections will be conducted. Climbing equipment will also be available onsite.
  • Please bring a reusable water bottle and something to carry snacks out to the field; and up into the trees.


Bear LeVangie is an ISA Certified Arborist, CT licensed arborist and holds a TRAQ. She heads up the BioForest Northeast Office. Formerly she performed Asian Longhorned Beetle inspections for the USDA and DCR in Worcester, MA. Bear is an energetic and gifted coach who is a Past-President of the New England Chapter of ISA. Past NEC-ISA, CT, NY, ME and NH Tree Climbing Champions/Past ITCC Competitors.

Melissa LeVangie is a Certified Arborist, an ISA Tree Climbing Specialist and holds a TRAQ. She is the Director of Marketing and Sales for Shelter Tree, an arborist equipment supplier. Formerly she performed Asian Longhorned Beetle inspections for the USDA and DCR in Worcester, MA. Melissa is a passionate instructor and coach who loves to teach. She is the Past-President of MA Tree Wardens and Foresters Association and of the New England Chapter of ISA. Past NEC-ISA, CT, NY, ME and NH Tree Climbing Champions/Past ITCC Competitors.

Rebecca Seibel-Hunt is a Board Certified Master Arborist, TRAQ holder, CTSP, past MN Tree Climbing Champion, and past ITCC Competitor. Rebecca is a climbing arborist with over 20 years of experience. As a former Local Officer Safety Coordinator for Bartlett Tree Experts and former business owner, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the team with managerial and organizational skills. Rebecca is a natural teaching and easy to approach personality make her an effective and strong leader. In her spare time she loves to make arboriculture related videos.

In addition to the core teachers there will be a group of experienced PNW-ISA climbers on hand.

Refund and Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy:

Registration is limited to 20 people.

A full refund (100%) will be given for cancellation requests made up to midnight on May 1, 2019. No refunds will be given for cancellations or rescheduling after May 1, 2019 unless we are able to register another person in your spot. Last minute cancellations prevent others on the waitlist from being notified of an opening in a timely manner. If you cannot attend a class for which you are registered, please contact the PNW-ISA office as soon as possible.

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Talaris Conference Center
4000 NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98105 United States