A disappointing and scary climb. I picked a tree on the edge of a wood so only one side of the tree had decent branches. Plus, the first branch was so high I had to start way out where it hung down and shimmy towards the trunk. Once on that branch I could reach the second, but getting on that was hard and I was too scared to get to my feet. The third branch just wasn’t close enough and I was too high to risk it without a backup grip. So I gave up going high and walked out on the first branch as far as I could. I tied my ribbon and climbed down. I’m just frustrated I let my fear get the best of me because the treetop looked fun.
4-27-08: It’s funny to read this because that day’s climb had a profound affect on how I climb now. If a certain tree or move in a tree seems really hard, scary, and/or ridiculous I now have to do it. Anytime I challenged myself it made that experience so much better and usually expanded my abilities.
Yesterday I climbed a large tree with very shaggy bark. It was a nice slow climb to the top with careful movements. Then I took a video at the top of my view. I would appreciate hearing what people like in these videos, what they don’t, and what other stuff they might like to see in my videos.
Then I went to Basil’s 19th birthday party. Will and I amongst a house full of college freshmen. It was actually a really fun party though at times a little strange. Like when they all freaked out because there was a cop outside the house. Then at the end of the night Basil left and we had to walk 3 or so miles to get home. All in all a goon night though.