Arborist demos by Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop added to GIE+EXPO education

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 October 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 throughout 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.”


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, October 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit