Resident Tree Climbing Expert
My oldest daughter is a monkey. There’s no visible tail, so maybe she’s an ape.
At any rate, she’s always on the lookout for a good climbing tree. There’s the cherry tree at my parents’ house and the tree out front at my in-laws’ house where she’ll climb the branches and read for hours if we’d let her. She knows a good climbing tree when she sees it.
I tell you this to give a sense of the depth of knowledge my daughter has in this area. She knows her stuff.
So, without further ado, Ginny presents her Tree Climbability Scale.
Me: On a climbability scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being an awful tree to climb and 10 being the best tree ever, what number would you give this tree?
Ginny: A zero. This one wouldn’t be good for climbing because it doesn’t have any branches on the bottom. Unless you were a monkey.
Me: I thought you were a monkey, Ginny.
Ginny: I am, a little.
Me: What do you think about this one? Scale of 1-10?
Ginny: Probably a five for that one. It’s too small but the branches look strong enough to hold you.
Me: Would you climb it if there weren’t park police driving around?
Ginny: Yes, I would (teeheehee).
Me: How would you rate this one?
Ginny: A 100! Awesome!
Me: What’s awesome about it?
Ginny: The branches are closer together and they’re easier to climb.
Me: Do you think you could climb as high as Mommy? She’s a monkey, you know.
Ginny: I did climb as high as her.
Ginny’s 5 Tips for Choosing a Climbing Tree
- Make sure you can reach the branches.
- Look for one where you can go high.
- Look for branches that are strong enough to hold you so they won’t break.
- Find places to hold onto.
- The branches should be close to each other or you might not be able to reach them.
Me: Do you have any advice for kids who might be afraid to climb a tree?
Ginny: Do not climb high trees if you’re scared of heights. Choose a short one so you won’t be scared of falling.
Me: What about grownups who are afraid to climb? Hypothetically speaking. I don’t know anyone like that.
Ginny: I’d probably say the same thing.
Me: Let’s go find some short trees!