Hello there, I am a new climber from South Jersey right across the bridge from Philadelphia.
I have been interested in recreational tree climbing for a while now. Have had some small minor training in rapelling and high angle rescue an long time ago. Few years ago I got some basic gear and tried my hand at DRT a few times. Nothing special. I am now getting the itch again and looking to get a new saddle and try some SRT techniques.
You can find some decent deals this time of year on Treestuff.com, Sherrilltree.com, Bartlettman.com or Wesspur.com for SRT gear. Being close to Philly, it's worth a drive over to Gap Arborist Supply to talk with Ray about your needs. Great guy and great prices. Free shipping too if you don't want to drive...