So, the 2014 treemagineers think tank bonanza is over.
Chris, Beddes and I spent three days in not-so-sunny Müllheim, just up the road from here, discussing what has been going on this year, up-dating each other on developments and what stages which projects are at – and making plans for next year. These are exciting times, with lots of projects running parallel, a number of which should be ready to present in the course of next year. Then there are also longer term projects that require a greater lead time, however, this makes them none the less exciting.
One of the first things we had to do, though, as is often the case when males meet – probably just an XY thing – is that we had to establish who the alpha male is… Chris won this one, hands down!
First off, Ray Wood, who does a lot of photography for DMM popped round for a chat and to do an interview. Whilst it was fun looking back at what treemagineers has meant for us and where we are today, I was surprised by how much you forget in no time! We were struggling to get together where and when we actually kicked off the project – but agreed in the end that it was probably in our kitchen here in Luftmattstrasse sometime in 2004. Or 2003. Or thereabouts.
Which just goes to show that the best ideas take root in kitchens.
Then we got stuck into cracking on with products development. I am at liberty to give you an exclusive sneak preview of a project we are very excited about: Here, for the first time in public, is the treemagineers climbing helmet, in its final prototyping stage…
As you will notice, we have used natural materials throughout and the product is fully recyclable after use. In this photo we were just sorting out the last styling points, but overall we are very happy with the result and feel we have really broken new ground.
We also did some karabiner testing. Here is a shot of Beddes doing some shear testing…
Well, that one was obviously a fail…
All in all it was a very enjoyable, productive couple of days. I look forwards to a re-run next year. And the rest of you can try to work out what was utter nonsense in this post – and what is deadly serious (well, the helmet, obviously, we wouldn’t joke about something like that!) – one way to do so is to join us at one of next year’s events, the first one being Climbers’ Forum in Augsburg from 5 to 7 of May.
Put. It. In. Your. Agenda!