Cory “Lotsaletters” Feig Sandoval climbs a 110 foot white oak named “Hold Fast”. Difficulty rating: 5.7
I pause to think about what I am thankful for around this time of year. A lot of what I am thankful for revolves around tree climbing. I have always been a tree climber. The only difference from my childhood tree climbing days is that now I climb safer and climb higher. So here are three things for which I am thankful:
1. I am able to climb. It takes a certain degree of fitness to climb up a rope. I am thankful that I have the strength and stamina to go vertical. I don't always go all the way to the top, but I do leave the ground and get up into the tree branches.
2. I have trees to climb. I live in an area where there is a wide variety of different tree species. I am thankful that I have pines, tulip poplars, and oak trees that are healthy, numerous, and over 100 feet tall.
3. I have good tree climbing gear. Tree climbing gear is not cheap. I am thankful that I have the gear to not only climb personally, but a lot more gear to teach others how to go tree climbing at my school.
So what are you thankful for...from a tree climber's viewpoint?