In a blur!
But wow. What an event!
Not quite sure where to start…
As I wrote in on of the last posts, if you go to an arb event – ITCC, ETCC, TCI Expo or the like – you know roughly what is in store for you. Not so here… I went into site on Friday morning not knowing whether we would be overrun – or whether no one would turn up. As it was, we had about 180 visitors from all areas of work at height, also the manufacturers were represented, as well as health and safety organisations. Such a mixed group, yet within a very short time everybody was interacting and chatting away, vertical connections indeed!
Really interesting, diverse talks on both days, as well as demonstrations in the afternoons. REGA, the Swiss air ambulance service, used the site as their base for the weekend, so plenty of activity there… as well a good-sized vendor area, again with good representation of number of manufacturers and dealers.
Here are some impressions, pics by Markus Burger.
What was highly interesting to me was seeing people’s response to the arborist demos and topics. Blown away, sums it up best. Key points being the apparently effortless and fluid movements in climbing, the practiced safety culture, the emphasis on communication… all things you can easily take for granted until you see it through someone else’s eyes.
The other striking point was the high percentage of arborists in attendance. The explanation for this, in my opinion, is that, as an industry, these kinds of meetings are part of our culture and people see the benefit in attending, which is not necessarily true of other industries.
Here are some more impressions, pics this time by Knut Foppe…
The location in Meiringen was spectacular – even if the weather did turn a bit wet on the Saturday. The Alps really are big lumps of rock, no doubt about that.
We have set a date for next year, the next edition of vertical connect will be taking place in the same location on the 2 and 3 September 2016.
I am excited already…