Climb a tree

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - The View -

WANT TO RECONNECT with na­ture? Then climb a tree on your next walk, says Jack Cooke, au­thor of The Tree Clim­ber’s Guide. “Climb­ing a tree gives you a com­pletely dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on the world,” he says. “At first you’re fo­cused on not fall­ing out. But stay there long enough and you find your­self sur­rounded by wildlife and at peace with the world.”

Here are Jack’s top three tips for get­ting started…

1 PICK YOUR TREE

There are some nice lad­der-like trees out there such as Mon­terey pine, which grows in an al­most spiral stair­case, English oaks with their great lat­eral growth, and yew trees, which can reach ages over 1000 years old and have an as­so­ci­a­tion with church­yards.

2 TAKE A FRIEND

There are some trees where it helps to have a leg-up to get hold of that first branch. Climb­ing is some­thing we as­so­ciate with chil­dren so if you’re wor­ried about other peo­ple’s re­ac­tions it can be re­as­sur­ing to climb with some­one else.

3 SAVOUR IT

Whether you’re in the city dur­ing your lunch break or in the coun­try­side, once up in a tree you’re in­vis­i­ble and in the mid­dle of an en­tirely new ecosys­tem. Climb­ing trees gives you a win­dow into an older world. En­joy it. The Tree Clim­ber’s Guide by Jack Cooke (£9) is out now, pub­lished by HarperCollins.

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