Here's one for all you lazy buggers out there!The RopeTek Wraptor is a powered rope ascending device which allows the climber to enter the tops with very little effort. Its powered by a small 2-stroke engine, weighing less than 20 lbs, and ascends at a rate 100 ft per minute.
The concept is based on increased efficiency and less stress on the climber. The system has various fail safe components and an integrated emergency retreat. The complete kit includes the Wraptor, a CMI Ropewalker and 150 ft of rope in a carry bag - but costs a small fortune.
The Wraptor is creating plenty of interest in the tree climbing world. The concept has merit but we suspect its probably more of a novelty than a practical tree work tool - very interesting never-the-less.