The new year is off to a good start, because I’ve managed to meet my first resolution’s goal! I successfully climbed up into a tree, and took a few photos from the branch-level vantage point, as promised! Not only that, I made it both up and back down without injuring myself in any way, which seems silly at first, but I consider it important nowadays
I spent most of the week scoping the local areas, trying to find a suitable climbing candidate, but to no avail. However, my fortune changed on the weekend, and I ended up at a park in the older part of the city, which had plenty of large non-palm trees, many of which were close to climbable. I walked past a few that looked promising, but since they were in very open view and the park was crowded, I elected for a simple-looking intertwining pair of trees in a more secluded spot. I decided that I’d start on the right side of the tree (see below), and work my way up and leftwards.
Once I started my initial ascent, I was glad of the “simple” choice I made – it’d been a very long time since I last did this, and I wasn’t too sure of my hand & footholds, nor how well the tree would cope with my now-adult weight. Thus, I gingerly crept up and along the tilted trunk/branch, cautiously testing the handhold branches to see if they were sturdy enough or not, and keeping an eye out for any unexpected wildlife. Oh, did I mention that this tree was on the edge of a swamp-like brackish lake? I really didn’t want to fall!
After a minute of two of clambering, I decided that I’d reached a good stopping point, and whipped out the ol’ camera phone to take the evidence-worthy snaps. I was probably only about 8 feet off the ground, but it felt much higher from in the tree, so I was content that I’d made a decent go of it.
Getting down was a little bit interesting, as the sloped angle of the main trunk/branch parts meant that I couldn’t just turn around and do back down. Instead, I had to clamber backwards to exactly reverse my upwards path, at least to get over some of the bigger cross-branches and down the main bit a way. Once I was clear of that, I elected to exit in the traditional childhood manner – a jump! I was only about 6 feet up at this point, so I knew it wasn’t going to be an issue, and made a clean drop onto the (fairly soft) ground below. Mission accomplished!
I must admit, it was a fun challenge, and definitely something I wouldn’t normally have thought of doing while out and about, so I’m glad that I added this one to my list. I think I’ll have to keep an eye open for other potentially climbable trees in future, not worry about what people watching might think, and have fun doing something that most adults have forgotten the joys of.
So, one down, fifty-one more to go!