Not all of the trees have lost their leaves yet. Take a look at the two trees pictured here. They are of the same species. One tree has its leaves, while the other tree does not. It's proof that trees act differently, just like humans. Every tree is an individual.
Two Post Oak (Quercus stella) trees we climb.
Tree names: Jock (left) and Jill
Difficulty rating: both at 5.6. | Treetop traverse: 5.7
Fall came early here. It's unusual for fall to start halfway through September. I think it's a harbinger of bad things to come; like a really cold winter. I know there have been some early snowstorms in the North. I’m trying not to think about it too much. So this is what I'm doing to get all I can from the remaining fall tree climbing season and get ready for winter.
I am logging in as many climbs as I can. I'm making the time to enjoy the trees. I know I'll have many down days coming up when the wind chill turns my fingertips white and the cold rains make tree climbing unbearable.
I am changing my diet. I am eating more fatty foods. I'm not talking about junk food. I'm talking about nuts, seeds, and other natural energy producing foods. You’ve got to eat food that will create heat to keep you warm. Saturated fats, like those in junk food, won’t break down quickly enough to give you the heat you need. They also build up in the body and create that excess weight we hate to carry around.
And lastly, I am pulling out my winter clothing. I'm making sure that every article is serviceable. Are buttons falling off? Are the soles of my winter boots in good shape for the upcoming icy times? I'm especially looking at my long johns making sure that the elastic in the waist hasn't stretched too far where it will sag down underneath my pants. There's nothing worse than having sagging underwear. You feel like your saddle is slipping off when in reality it’s your underwear. Try adjusting your underwear while you are on rope. It’s not easy.
What other things are you doing to prepare for winter climbing? Do you quit climbing completely during the winter season?