Interesting. Yes a little bit too much hype on the" 200', don't look down" thing. But hype is what keeps the ground folk tuned in. My only real beef was the use of the word flimsy when he was talking about the hammock. I may be splitting hairs, but I think "light weight" or "thin" would've been better. Or better yet, just delete the word flimsy all together. Sorry for the rant.
Anyhow, this sort of thing is extreme to the non initiated. And may prove to actually be good press for tree climbing in general. At least they weren't trying to bad mouth us or drive people away.
I climbed Meltdown with my wife and goddaughter 11 days ago. It was my third climb with Rob and the good people at PTCI.
We did the day climb with 7 others (various levels of skill and panic), and the three of us spent the night with Rob and Jason up in the tree.
The GMA story really played up the "extreme" angle, we all thought it was a little ridiculous. My non-athletic wife on her first climb went up Meltdown TWICE, and spent all night in the tree boat 180 feet up with no panic at all.
I'll try to attach a photo of Meltdown to this post, it's a beautiful tree. (I've also climbed Fuzzy and Aramis with PTCI).
Twitpic link to Meltdown: http://twitpic.com/67st4h
And a pic of my goddaughter and I hanging out in Meltdown's canopy before night hit: http://twitpic.com/67swhf
Nice pics. My wife & I are looking forward to doing some tree camping here in our neck of the woods. You just can't beat the clean air of the woods to begin with. I imagine the float effect of being in the tree boat can only add to the experience.
I climbed with Rob and Jason a couple of weeks ago at Blue River. We talked about the ABC show. Rob was pretty disappointed at all the "Extreme" hype. He and Jason do an excellent job of putting everybody at ease, giving them plenty of time to acclimate, providing good, safe equipment, and in all ways assuring participants of a good, safe climb. They are anxious to demonstrate that tree climbing is a fun, safe sport for all ages. The "Hype" is not necessary. The sport sells itself to the right people, and Rob and Jason provide a high quality experience.
This was my second climb with them. This time I had asked them for a nice, high, long Traverse, and they did not disappoint.