Adventure-a-Day: Not Your Ordinary Tree Climbing

30 03 2008

Adventure-a-Day is a piece of my larger Faerie Project wherein I have decided to have at least one adventure every day. The goal is to do one awesome thing every day (even if it is a very small awesome thing) and share it with the world. The main way I foresee telling you these adventures is through photographs. Consider it a very brief picture-book story adventure.

My first adventure is Not Your Ordinary Tree Climbing.

Hampshire College has a spectacular forest spread for a backyard.

Hampshire’s Backyard Forest Spread.

Exploring this forest is a large and exciting part of my Ecology class. Massachusetts winter birds have been a focal point for most of the class thus far, and what better way to study birds then to hang out in their natural habit? Enter a tree and a ladder.

Three Ladders Up.

Three ladders later, the tree seems quite tall. We use helmets, harnesses and ropes, just to be extra safe in our climb.

Three Ladders Up.

And when I reach the top… lo and behold! The tree is quite tall! (That’s a small crowd of people way down there on the ground!)

Tall Tree!

And what is it that I am standing on, you ask? A platform made up of planks of wood that are placed just far enough away from each other to be a little unsettling.


Located just beneath the platform, leading to yet another platform is a fantastic walkway.


From this walkway I am able to see, not winter birds but… people!

People on the Ground

And that was my Not Your Ordinary Tree Climbing experience. (Next time we might even see some birds…)

If you want to read more of my daily adventures, feel free to visit my Adventure-a-Day page!




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