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PNW-ISA Women's Climbing Workshop

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Warm Beach Retreat

20800 Marine Drive

Stanwood, 98292

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Join the PNW-ISA for a new tree climbing workshop for women, taught by women.
This will be our first women’s tree climbing workshop and it is designed for women who have
never climbed trees before with ropes and harnesses but also those who have prior experience
and want to improve their ability.

Come learn a new skill or improve your foundation in a safe and positive environment. This two
and a half-day event was specifically created for women by women climbers, who have
competed in tree climbing championships & are working in the tree care industry.
PNW-ISA has teamed up with the Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop to offer a fun, safe space
to learn. No worries about looking silly or not being safe. This workshop is open to all women
(18+), skills and ability levels. Bring your tree climbing equipment (if you have any) and we’ll
help you determine what’s safe to use for tree climbing. Don’t have equipment? We’ve got you
covered. Taught by International Tree Climbing Championship competitors Bear LeVangie,
Melissa LeVangie, with over 40 years of collective climbing experience, you know you’re in
good hands.

You will learn a multitude of styles in climbing equipment and techniques. Come network with
women and female arborists from all over the Chapter! This will be an all-inclusive weekend,
we’ll provide all the instruction, fun, use of equipment, yoga, food and lodging for 3 days/2
nights. You will leave from this climbing experience with a new skill, wonderful memories, new
friends, and a sense of personal accomplishment. This workshop is limited to 20 participants. We
will take a paid waitlist.
Registration includes:
Instruction, meals, lodging, yoga, networking, climber insurance, CEUs, event t-shirt, use of all
equipment, amazing prizes & a whole-lotta fun that you will never forget!

Participants information:
Clothing: Please wear long pants, hiking boots and short or long sleeve shirts (no tank
tops). Please dress and plan for weather - sunscreen, insect repellent and rain/warm gear.
What to bring: any climbing equipment you have, a yoga mat (and one to share if you have the
means), a bedroll, a fun attitude.
Extras: Please bring a reusable water bottle and something to carry snacks out to the field; and
up into the trees.

Approximately 13.25 ISA CEUS pending approval

Instructors:
Bear LeVangie is a ISA Certified Arborist and CT licensed arborist. She heads up the
BioForest Northeast Office. Formerly she performed Asian Longhorned Beetle inspections for the USDA and DCR in Worcester, MA. Bear is an energetic & gifted coach who is a Past-
President of the New England Chapter of ISA.

Melissa LeVangie is a Certified Arborist, an ISA Tree Climbing Specialist and holds a TRAQ.
She is the Director of Marketing & Sales for Shelter Tree, an arborist equipment supplier.
Formerly she performed Asian Longhorned Beetle inspections for the USDA and DCR in
Worcester, MA. Melissa is a passionate instructor and coach who loves to teach. She is the Past-
President of MA Tree Wardens & Foresters Association and of the New England Chapter of
ISA.
In addition to the core teachers there will be a group of experienced PNW-ISA women climbers
on hand for mentoring and moral support.

PNW-ISA is collecting sponsorships to support the affordable cost of this event. Please contact
our office if you would like to sponsor and our member volunteer will follow up with you.
Thank you to John Zehren and Renaissance Tree Care for kicking off our sponsorship
effort by donating $750 to the Women’s Climbing Workshop.

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