If you were walking around Mt Coot-tha recently you would have found me 9m off the ground in the branches of one of the amazing trees in this beautiful park. Nope, I’m not catwomam… I was try out Tree Climbing
What’s so special about climbing a tree? Everyone’s done it, right? Well, that age-old childhood thrill has been transformed into a new frontier in outdoor adventure. I am talking ropes, harnesses and tree climbs of up to 20 metres! Getting off the ground is the most challenging part! From there it’s all about using the strength in your legs (much stronger than your arms) to drive yourself up to the top branches.
I don’t want to downplay my vast abilities, but “climbing” into the treetops is relatively easy – you just slide the harness and foot ropes up like an inchworm.
And when you do decide to stop- it is spectacular! Paul and I were in great hands and they had thought of everything, placing hammocks and chairs up the tree for us to stop and enjoy. As I sat on a suspended chair, and I looked around I was blown away by the beauty and serenity that comes from being up in the canopy of a forest.
The views were invigorating and even though I am a little bit afraid of heights, it was amazing to see the scale of everything when I looked down to the little people underneath me. I could have stayed there for hours watching the leaves, being eye to eye with the birds but other trees were looking too tempting. I wanted to climb more, try different views and gaze to other spots. Ok, yes, I also just wanted to try the hammock too…
Simply put, it is exhilarating, uplifting to be so high in the canopy.