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RRU alumnus featured in article about championship tree climbing event on campus


(RRU alumnus) Ryan Murphy found himself more than 60 metres in the air, with nothing but a rope and harness to protect him as he ziplined from one old-growth tree to another last week in Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park. “You’re up in the air on a traverse line, and to have all that air beneath your feet as you slide across is a dream come true. It was pretty surreal,” he said. Murphy enjoys getting up into the trees so much he’s made a profession out of it — and, in his spare time, he competes in tree-climbing competitions. He’ll be one of 30 competitors at the 12th-annual B.C. Tree Climbing Championships Saturday at Royal Roads University.

“It’s something I do as a job but [it’s] also a passion. It’s incredible to be right up against [the tree], climbing it and going out on a limb to see how far you’ve gotten,” said Murphy, who has a degree in environmental science from Royal Roads. His work involves assisting researchers by climbing up to goshawk nests, collecting feathers for DNA analysis.

Competitors from across the world will compete in categories that involve an aerial rescue, a speed race and using a weighted rope to hit targets in trees.

Read the full article in the Times Colonist.

Photo credit: Lyle Stafford, Times Colonist