How To Climb A Tree
Knowing how to climb a tree is not something people think of as complicated; it's just something that is done. In fact there is more to climbing a tree than that. Climbing a tree is an activity sought after by both young and old, active or calm. Many people are fascinated by the idea of getting as far as possible to the top of a tree, sometimes just to say they could. Tree climbing may seem like a simple ladder-like activity, but there is actually a lot more that goes into it.
- Pick out the right tree. A tree with too sparse or too thin branches may leave you stuck at the bottom searching for another tree. There are also enormously tall trees that look ever so tempting, but whose branches start fifteen feet off the ground. A tree with stable, numerous and low-hanging branches are always a safe bet.
- Starting the climb up a tree is easy. Start with one foot above the other, grabbing the next closest branch. Climbing does get rougher at some point if you’ve chosen a good tree; the foliage gets denser and the branches are closing in around you. If you’re scared of heights, you have to remember not to look down. What you do once you reach this point is to continue at a slow and steady pace. Find pathways through the now-dense branches, continue to look upward and never release your hold on a branch without knowing where you’re going next.
- Once you’re near the top of the tree, be sure to check to see that the tree will not bend over with your weight at the top. If you have chosen a fairly tall and thick tree, odds are it will not sway. However, if the tree is even a little too small for you, tread carefully.
At the top of the tree you can sit, relax and enjoy the reward of your efforts. Odds are you will find a unique and beautiful view, even if you’ve seen the area before. Tree climbing is beneficial for both body and mind because many people find it invigorating and relaxing to reach back to the roots of their childhood.