Old School Climbing

This was a really fun shot to do, but very hard work! I was hanging from a rope about 30 meters high so that I could get a horizontal shot through the understory. Thanks to Mick Eltringham (arborist) I was in safe hands as he set up the ropes for me. I wanted to capture Nestor seen in the photo, in the middle of the forest concentrating on collecting canopy leaves for data sampling. Nestor is old school when it comes to climbing. He's using leg clamps only tied on with leather straps! He's carrying a long pole with pincers to cut the samples. Its incredibly difficult this type of field work, but Nestor seemed to make it look so easy. Glad to know this photo is hanging in the Carnegie Ecology offices at Stanford, CA.