Arborist demoes schedule for GIE+EXPO

Led by the all-female Women's Tree Climbing Workshop, safety and technique demos will take place Oct. 16, 17 and 18.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A new feature on the lineup at GIE+EXPO will put a 40-foot tree inside the Kentucky Exposition Center and give attendees the opportunity to learn arborist techniques from a group of women who are experts in their field. GIE+EXPO is set for Oct. 16-18, 2019 
 
Three certified arborists, Melissa LeVangie, Bear LeVangie and Rebecca Seibel-Hunt will provide climbing instruction while aloft in a tree set up within the expo center's Freedom Hall. Attendees can expect to learn basic techniques and systems accepted within the industry to safely, efficiently and effectively perform tree care operations during eight sessions, which are included with tradeshow registration. 
 
The LeVangies developed the Women's Tree Climbing Workshop in 2009 with a mission "to create a safe, encouraging, and empowering learning environment for women to climb trees" and have hosted workshops across the country for both women and men. 
 
"Davey Tree is excited to present the 'Climb Trees, Expand Your Horizons' program at GIE+EXPO, in collaboration with The Women's Tree Climbing Workshop, and with support from SHELTER Tree," said Alex Julius, employee development and safety training specialist at Davey. "We think this is an excellent opportunity to highlight women in arboriculture and share basic industry-accepted climbing techniques and systems while aloft in a tree within the expo center's Freedom Hall. It should be a great time, and we hope lots of arborists - new and experienced - are able to attend."
 
Climb Trees, Expand Your Horizons
Free with tradeshow registration. 
All GIE+EXPO attendees are invited to watch and learn.
 
Wednesday, October 16
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Intro to Climbing: Job Briefing, PPE, Purpose and Approach
 
4:45 - 5:45 PM
Basic Climbing Techniques: Climbing Equipment and Systems
 
Thursday, October 17
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Tree Entry: Throwline, Rope Installation and Tie-in-points
 
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Access, Ascent (Closed vs. Open System) and Movement
 
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Movement & Work Positioning
 
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Safety, Descent, and Equipment Management
 
Friday, October 18
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Tools of the Trade
 
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Climbing Systems: Stationary and Moving Rope Strategies and Basics of Rigging
 
Freedom Hall will also be the location of the Mutt Madness pet adoption event and Food Truck Thursday. Both of these will take place Thursday, Oct. 17, 11am to 2pm.