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Natural High

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:31 am
by edfrank
Natural High
Tree climbing is no longer kids' stuff. With the right equipment and training, a killer view (and workout) can be yours

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Everyone should feel on top of the world at least once. Even if you have to haul yourself up.

And climbing a tree's not a bad way of getting there. It's available to anyone with a modicum of equipment. Including, of course, a tree.

I went up in a 120-year-old red oak at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx a couple of weeks ago, with the help of two of its climber/pruners, Corey Link and Zev Reuter. Like most adults, I hadn't climbed a tree in years. My first thought upon getting back down on the ground was to go back up. It's that good.

Recreational tree climbing is now largely "technical tree climbing," or climbing with ropes, as professional arborists do. "Free climbing"—what you did as a kid—is discouraged as a sport, because of the danger it represents to the tree.

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