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Old 09-08-08, 12:20 PM   #1
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Hello from MA!

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Been biking much of my life. Actually prefer hiking, and climbing trees, but I really enjoy biking! Rode more in my 40"s than at any other age [averaged 30 miles per day back then; everyday]. Knee and back injury stopped that. Do about 14-15 per trip four or five times a week and walk about 5 - 6 miles 5x per week. Back to combining my biking with photography again.

As a retired teacher I don't climb tall trees anymore, but just got a new road bike and having a blast! [I sure do miss those 60+ footers though!]

Safe biking all!
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Old 09-10-08, 12:00 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum from another Mass-a-holic!
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Hello alcid1063, I was going to ask if you combined your tree climbing talents with looking for marbled murrelets, but then realised you were in MA.

How did you get started with climbing tall trees? And, what bike are you riding?

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Old 09-15-08, 07:57 AM   #5
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Retired Tree Climber

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We used to do this just for fun as kids. I didn't outgrow it until I had major back surgery in my mid thirties. [Due to a landscaping work related injury.]

I don't recommend it without gear. We would get to the top of a fir or other "flexible" tree and "swing" back and forth. Then got older and a bit wiser and climbed with safety belts et al.

Used to love to get as high [in trees] as I could. Great view of the Earth! Reminds us how small we really are. Climbing a tall tree on the side of a mountain and looking over the terrain is amazing! Just watch out for hawks and eagles!

As a thanks to the "tree gods" I was involved in planting some thousands of seedlings over the years. I am experimenting with growing Giant Sequoias here in MA. I'm told that they will grow in all 50 states. Main concerns are steady water supply and good drainage. So I stay grounded these days.

Riding my first street bike and by coincidence it is a Specialized Sequoia.

Know where I can get really tough, durable tires for it? Something perhaps made of ballistic kevlar and titanium??? Ha! Had four flats this past month.

Safe Riding!
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