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Professional tree climber and ENO sponsored athlete: Tim Kovar Tim’s story starts in the 1970s when he and his buddies started a tree climbing club. “I knew back then that I wanted to live in the trees, it’s where I found peace and a deep connection to nature,” Tim writes to LifeView Outdoors. In 1993, Kovar started his career as an arborist but found the peacefulness of trees, that he so enjoyed, was disrupted by the use of chainsaws. He ‘turned over a new leaf’ and started teaching others how to climb trees in a more technical style which is even safer than the old way. After a decade, he founded a tree climbing school called the Tree Climbing Planet . He has worked with scientists, filmmakers, children and elderly. “The oldest child I’ve taken tree climbing is an 85 year old woman, I guess some of us never grow up,” writes Tim. After asking Tim about his most epic tree climb, he tells the tale about the time he climbed into the 5th largest tree in the world, a Giant Sequoia named “Stagg.” Into the tree? “The top was broken off, maybe 800 years ago, creating an arboreal cave. You could actually climb inside the trunk of the tree. This “cave”...
Happy Tu Bishvat to you all! In case you are unfamiliar, today is  also known as “Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot” (Hebrew:: ??? ???? ????????), literally “New Year of the Trees.” As you ENOpians know, without trees, there would be no hammocks–or breathing. Traditions for Tu Bishvat in the past have included: giving plants and trees to one another as gifts, eating specific fruits, and drinking wine. Regardless of your brand of spirituality, consider taking today to thank trees in your own way. After all, trees are so good to us; giving us food, shade, life, and a place to hang our hammocks and relax.   1.) Plant a tree: What better way to show appreciation for trees than to add another one into the soil. And don’t over think it, you could totally do this today. Check out your local greenhouse or gardening store and pick a tree that fits your budget; then all you’ll need is a shovel, some water, and maybe a friend. If you’ve never planted a tree yourself before, know that it’s a great feeling to not only put it in the ground but to pass by it for years to come, watching it grow. 2.) Use...

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