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    That is very true.

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterBlaster View Post
    I don't remember where, just start googling.
    I recall you attended some kind of seminar where the speaker said that.
    Iím condescending, that means I talk down to people.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DMc View Post
    Trust me, at 65 no matter what you are doing you are more likely to die than a younger person.


    I have known patriarchs of big tree companies still climbing at 65. If I recall correctly Don Blares father was still climbing two days a week at 82. (When he started they would wear overalls and have a coworker through a bucket of water on the front of them to have more friction when climbing the tree.)

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    Never attended a seminar in my life.

    I'm self taught...

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    Beastie do you have your own company or do you work for others? Eager to hear some of your experiences from the field.
    Mastery is an illusion, grace a momentary gift, apprenticeship endless.

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    Don't be shy! We don't bite!!!

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    Our main climber's father (& mentor) is 70. He worked for years for Davey, then helped start FK. He's still climbing and doing his own trees and for friends, just not professionally day in/day out. As stated, just don't stop!

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    Sometimes it's not your choice.

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    Excellent point!
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    Your choice or not, if you stop, you loose your ability so quickly that's disgusting. When I butchered my finger in 2017, I stayed put about 2 months to not take a chance with the skin and nail grafts. No tree, no chainsaw, even no homework. What a pity ! The first small job left me exhausted. I spur climbed a spar, only about 26', but at the top my legs were checking and were full of cramps back on the ground.
    Eventually I came back on form, but now I see my father staying for most of the day (and days) in his armchair in front of his computer, sleeping here for hours too. He struggles with his legs in the stairs, walking or even only staying upright. I told him that he has to keep moving and working around the house, it's mandatory to maintain the body in an as good shape as possible. But no way, it's too easy to stay quiet, doing nothing physical and seeping the screen.
    I can understand that easily enough but he's 82 now and I fear there will be no coming back now, only worser and worser.

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    6 weeks in a leg cast over a clean break can have muscles atrophy to close to half size, so going sendentary can probably do a lot to whole body quickly.