The Cornell Tree Climbing Institute took Solo on an expedition to Madagascar, where they use it as a tool to plan safer and accurate climbing routes, scout trees in thick forests and help officials survey otherwise inaccessible areas in a national park. Bottom line: propellers > machetes. Better to fly above than hack through.

Check out this video, made by course instructor, photographer and filmmaker David Katz, which features among other things some great orbits of enormous, millennial baobab trees.

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