Heroes September 9, 2010
Absolute silence is all Ken Christensen can remember hearing as he walked near the old hemlock grove with others visiting the United Flight 93 crash site in rural southwestern Pennsylvania.
The future 2200-acre park is in an area commonly known as the Laurel Highlands and lies on a plateau between the Allegheny Mountains on the east and the Laurel Mountains on the west.Read More
Growth Spurts August 30, 2010
Children who eat healthy food, sleep well, enjoy learning, and get lots of love and affection, grow into smart and strong adults. Along the way, they blossom from infants to toddlers to grade-school students and high-school students and, finally, adults. It's amazing to watch.
First, they sleep, eat and vigorously grow, just nestled in your arms. Then they start to sit up and babble. Then they talk and walk.
Before you know it, they are running, jumping, speaking full sentences, asking lots of questions and becoming amazing individuals all their own.Read More
Practice Makes Perfect August 19, 2010
Practice makes perfect.
And that's no simple mantra. Studies show that practice improves the brain's memory of most skills, especially the practice of multiple types of movements vs. just one. This variable practice shows better retention of each skill.
And tree climbing is no different. Though it may seem like a simple act to some, for professional arborists like me, competitive tree climbing is a sport - a physically demanding test of job skill, speedy problem solving and aerial nerve. And it involves not just climbing from branch to branch, but using ropes and safety equipment and proper practices that keep you and those around you safe while you work in the sky.Read More
Aerial View August 4, 2010
As you approach the situation, you go through many scenarios in your head.
You think about them before the competition too, but you don't know which ones will work until you know the actual situation you'll be presented.
It's the aerial rescue - the most technical and difficult of the International Tree Climbing Competition's five major events. And the people who come up with the event scenario like to keep you on your toes.Read More