|Onwards and upwards after stopping to catch breath - and summon up a good dose of courage - at the first Rest Station.|
The Almighty Tree Tower Climb
The tower on the top of the Bicentennial Tree in Pemberton is about 75 metres above the ground. The first rest platform is 25 metres up. There are 130 climbing pegs and in high winds the cabin at top sways up to 1.5 metres in either direction. Budge conquers the climb to the first rest platform, only to be greeted with a sign exclaiming “THAT was the easy part”. After deliberating for a long five or so minutes, he rises to the challenge and slowly but surely inches his way to the top. He returns to loud applause, an even bigger hero in all our eyes.