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This morning I got up at six in the morning to see if Don and Guy needed my help. They politely said I could get more sleep. Partly because I had to make lunch for the students and us and couldn't do that while on a mountainside. Their mission was, now that Guy could climb no higher, to cut the branch with the drone on it and hope it would fall enough to recover the drone.
The morning mission successfully cut that branch, but it refused not just to fall, but to be moved in any manner including an angled rope with a 2 to 1 ratio tied to it. Fail.
I had suggested that since the drone was stuck between the tree Guy climbed, and a slightly smaller tree, that I just cut down that smaller tree with my machete. The drone should come down as the tree comes down and drags everything with it.
So after all other option had been tried, this afternoon I went up to cut down the smaller tree. Another Ceiba, with a diameter of about 14 inches. We all knew that it wouldn't just fall down, as the canopy was a tangle of vines, but little did we know that we would have to cut down the same tree five times.
The drone was still in the original tree. But, much easier to recover now that it had a way down with the big gap we created by dropping the nearby slightly smaller tree.
Which means, Guy had to once again climb the tree, and now try to move it off the canopy and into the gap, using a bamboo pole that he raised up after climbing to the top of the tree.
Poking, prodding, vines spines, energy levels. This was hard stuff. But then he...
that lists 7 of the worlds most difficult trees to climb. Our tree, the Silk Floss Tree (Ceiba speciosa) is the first they list (although they are not ranked).
Not only did Guy climb the tree, many times, he recovered the drone. What an adventure. And I don't plan on using my machete to cut down any more trees soon. We are all tired, and thankful for the permission we were given to access the property and do what was needed to get the drone back.
Tonight we had dinner in Domincal for celebration, Awesome food. Guy heads out tomorrow, but I will still be here for the weekend to work with the students.