A year ago today, I hopped on a plane for Australia and what was to become one of the best years of my life. Now, the dust has settled and I’ve returned to Canada. Aus isn’t far from my mind and although I’m ‘home’ I’m already prepared to return in 2018 for a few more adventures. I couldn’t resist, can you blame me?
In the meantime I’ve decided to keep the website running because I want to provide travelling arborists with a resource for information. As with everything it’s a work in progress, but hopefully it becomes something useful that can benefit our industry and the individuals bold enough to leave everything behind to climb trees in a new, strange place, whether it’s Australia, North America, Europe, or Antartica etc.
 The arborists who go to Antartica are either the bravest, or the dumbest…
One of the biggest dilemmas I faced when leaving Canada for Australia was ‘Do I bring my gear?’ It’s a difficult question to answer. Since I wanted to travel and didn’t have an initial job lined up I decided to leave my gear at home and buy a basic kit when I got to Australia. This served two purposes for me, I could try out new gear (which I did), and I would bring this second kit home, and use that as an alternative climbing kit to rec climb and work with.
Bringing my Australian gear home also allowed me to learn about how much space this basic gear takes up in luggage, and what I could legally get away with taking. To avoid any fines, I didn’t bring any wood, leaf or seed samples. Although it was something I really wanted to do, this is how invasive species spread, and no arborist wants to be the guy that introduced the latest invasive species to north America. Oh also, be careful you don't go overweight with your bags or else that can cost you extra money too.
Some facts to keep in mind:
What’s in the bag?
Things to consider if you bring your gear with you
And last but not least, climb safe! ...I dunno, that's the best I got right now.
But seriously, climb safe!