My career as a climbing arborist has given me many opportunities to meet people from all over the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Being a competitor and a volunteer for the International Society of Arboriculture’s International Tree Climbing Championship has been a great experience to meet some of the most progressive climbing arborists in the world.

Earlier this year, I was invited to meet up with 13 other arborists from around the world for a 3-day training and brainstorming event. A family owned hostel, tucked away in the Swiss Alps just outside of a town called Meiringen (about a 2.5 hour drive from Zurich) hosted the event. There was ample room for all and plenty of amazing food.

During this event, we learned about different types of rope rescue situations and rigging techniques from other rope access disciplines. This training was very informative. We also spent some time testing these techniques. By utilizing a load cell, we measured many different forms of friction coefficients. This was accomplished by using rope over different types of pulleys and friction devices; the results were very interesting and useful. During this trip, we also had plenty of time to discuss industry best practices and future product development and product improvements.

Having this event at this location and environment was very productive and a good time was had by all. Over the course of 20 plus years, I have met some great friends who are helping shape our industry as far as the tools and techniques we use in day to day tree work. Collaborating with this group of people has had quite an impact here at KTS. It has led us to provide a safe, efficient and a quality product for our clients.


Todd Kramer

Training & Performance Manager

ISA Certified Arborist IL-1189AT, CTSP #039


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