Friday, 10 June 2011

52in52: Climbing trees

Image from here
The kids and I have been climbing trees lately.

It was Nugget who started it. He suddenly got all boyish and started climbing things all over the place, including trees. Of course, his side kick, Doo Dah, followed suit and soon I had two boys making their way up and over things everywhere we went. Dew Drop is trying to join in, but his skills are fairly limited at this point in time. The Minx looks on with an "as if you would" look on her face, cuddling her latest teddy to her chest. She doesn't look like she'll be joining her brothers any time soon.

I surprised the kids and joined in this week. 

I couldn't help myself! She was a perfect tree. Lots of low lying branches and nooks and crannies for explorers to get lost in. Not too high as to scare us, but high enough so we could see the world from a different angle. It was a liberating experience!

There are many benefits to be gained from the humble tree climb:
  • It is great exercise (especially for the arms and legs).
  • It is stimulating, and never boring because no two trees are the same.
  • It can be done anywhere! Luckily where we live, we have trees are all around us and many of them are perfect for climbing.
  • It enables you to connect with nature. Sitting high in the branches of a tree you will find a sense of wholeness that only being in nature provides.
  • It offers something for many of the senses - touch, sight, smell, hearing (probably not taste unless you are a one year old who is still into 'mouthing')
  • It is cheap!
  • It can be done all year round. Even in the chilly winter weather we are experiencing in Sydney at the moment, the bare trees are ripe for climbing!
Nowadays in the era of OHS, you should probably invest in a harness and rope if you or your kids plan to get 'into' tree climbing, but I think for us recreational tree climber types, 'naked' climbing adds to the adventure (just don't choose a tree that is too high!).

Climbing my first tree in about 30 years (yep! I am old enough to say that. Sigh) was without doubt the best thing I have done this week!

What has been keeping you busy?

17 comments:

Photographer Mum said...

I love a good tree climb! It was one of my favourite pastimes as a child! We had an awesome climbing tree at our childhood home - we even made a flying fox from its branches to the fence once. We also had a lot of Liquid Ambar trees where we lived and most were good for climbing. I spent a lot of my childhood in trees, especially with friends.
They are great places to contemplate stuff/ life in general. I find they have a calming effect too.
Such fun. I should do it again.

Megan Blandford said...

Love it! I love forgetting the grown-up-ness and doing stuff like that!

Sam-O said...

As a child and teen we used to climb a tree that was above the creek. It was tidal and at high tide about 90cm deep. We used to jusmp out of that tree into the water. There weren't too many injuries over the years, but I can't help imagining the emergency dept staff nowadays. They'd be on the ph to DOC's in a heartbeat if my kids were doing it!

It worries and saddens me that, I like yourself would immediately think of the OHS implications!

It's great that you did that for your kids (and yourself), I bet they are stoked!!

Lizeylou said...

You know what .. this weekend I am going to climb a tree. There is one I have in mind. I must admit that I am a little worried that I might be able to get up it and not down, but I am sure spunky fireman would be able to help me with that (could be fun really!!)
Thanks for inspiring me - How fun!!

Bungalowgirl said...

So get this post. My 5yo son's favourite item has been a 30 m roll of yellow rope from Bunnings purchased on a rainy day when he was 2. Left outside with that rope he can go for hours. We bought our house for the trees and all the neighbours kids are up them all the time as well. I actually did a post last month about the construction of a turkey trap with that same yellow rope as it was so hilarious in a small boy kind of way. Myself, I was a complete tree climbing tomboy girl who would only wear long skirts (go figure) and I did get up on the roof of my house to photograph the sunset just the other day, spectacular feeling I must say (2 posts ago) melx

Mama of 2 boys said...

Oh we are big tree climbers around here right now too! My parents have some incredible trees in both their front and backyards. Every time we go for a visit, Angus scales up his favourite tree. It concerns me a little, but he loves it... and I used to do it, so who am I to deprive him of that joy.
I might just join him next time, after reading this post :o) Happy tree climbing!

jodi said...

tree climbing is the ultimate childhood adventure, isn't it. I'm 36 weeks pregnant so may stay grounded for now! x

Lisa said...

We have been kicking leaves, throwing leaves and loving the fallen autumn leaves! There are huge piles of thhem everywhere! Have fun climbing trees!

Shelly - Tropical Mum said...

Oh my goodness! I haven't climbed a tree in more than 30 years. You are such a fun mum!

Tammi said...

As a mum of four boys, tree climbing is a very familiar joy...and having grown up with our house boardering a bush reserve my siblings and I could always be found swinging from the branches :)
x

Tat said...

My kids like climbing too, but they usually choose trees that don't look like they will hold my weight...

1000 Homes of Happiness said...

love this...right up there with swinging on a swing. Lovely to see the world from a different view.

Happy weekend.

xoxoxo

Cottongirl7 said...

Oh to be climbing trees today! Really sounds like a lovely idea. Instead, I am chained to the awful potty trying to teach the little people how wonderful it would be if they would just use the dang thing. Maybe I'll go hide in a tree tomorrow. :)

Caz (The Truth About Mummy) said...

I pretty much lived in three beautiful trees in our backyard growing up. They had so many uses back then!! Haven't tried for years - how silly and grown up of me :( Thanks for the walk down memory lane. Caz

Kelly said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun. My son is always climbing trees where ever we go, I admire that xo

Shelley @ My Shoebox Life said...

Sounds very liberating and a great way to get back to nature. I never did climb trees as a child, but I used to make lots and lots of cubby houses around the biggest trees I could find. (I grew up in the country and had a big forest at the end of our street).

Alice Becomes said...

I love this! I think I might have to give it a shot. It was such a magical feeling, to climb into a nest of leaves and branches and peer out at the world. Although I think I was always hoping that I had found the Faraway Tree and that there would be a magical land at the top! Even without the magical land, this looks like so much fun! Gill xo

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