• Short Summary

    A man climbs up a tree using the 'tree bike' to collect pine cones for a forestry school.

  • Description


    M/S of two men walking in a wood and looking up at the trees; both have ropes slung over their shoulders and carry circular metal equipment. They decide on a tree as commentator tells us "...they're at the Forestry School in Gloucestershire and they are selecting trees for cone collection".

    The men fasten the circular metal equipment around the trunk of the chosen tree; this is the 'tree bike'. Each metal ring has a bar sticking out from it, with a pedal on the end. One of the men walks off with the end of the rope while the other puts on a safety belt and attaches the rope to it.

    He then stands before the tree and puts a rope around the trunk, fastening this to the belt too, and puts his feet into the pedals, buckling the straps over his shoes. The pedal bar on the higher metal ring is much longer than the other one. He starts to climb up the tree by using the pedals - amazing! The pedal bars seem to press a rubber stopper against the trunk, enabling him to climb while in an upright position. Commentator says "One great advantage of this Swiss invention is that no damage is done to the bark by spikes as happens with the old method of climbing".

    M/S of the man on the ground letting out the safety rope. L/S of our man at a quite a height now - eek! Commentator says "Having reached the top of the cleared trunk he will 'park' his bike and continue up using the branches as a ladder".

    Cuts exist - see separate record.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:48:42:00 / 01:50:12:00
    CP 323

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