My pet peeveâ€¦
There is a 1500 acre public woodlands area that starts two blocks away from my house. Occasionally there are people going through the woods with quads & minibikes. Kids building forts, a little paintball gun activity. One might find the remnants of small campfires littered with beer cans. Just what youâ€™d expect to find in the many wooded areas in this suburban community.
There are a number of kid-built tree houses. Some of them are quite impressive considering the limited materials a bunch of 11-14 year olds have to work with out there. And you know darn well the little buggers free-climb during the entire construction project. Itâ€™s actually amazing more kids donâ€™t get hurt!
Getting to my point hereâ€¦
So why is it that if my son Joe, or any kid, free climbs a tree with no head protection, no training, no clueâ€¦ Its just fine. Its just little Johnny playing in the woods.
However, if me, or you, or even little Johnny dare to throw a line in the same damn tree, we are looked upon as trouble, a cause for concern. Something the other kids, paint ballers, minibike riders, and beer drinkers will be sure to report back to their friends & family about. Next come the curious and eventually the police.
My daughter at age 9 has spent her share of time at height in the tree boat (fully supervised at all times) and will no doubt, in several years, gain the skills to safely solo climb. This summer my Wife (of all people) ventured into a treeboat. (Ahh, the wonders of bull rope and triple pulley rigging) <snicker>
Eventually me or perhaps my entire family are going to get â€œbustedâ€ for real. Not just a run off a patch of secluded public land, but busted and taken away! So much for family values.
I guess you could say â€œThe Family That Climbs Together, Does Time Togetherâ€
Just Venting, Electrojake
P.S. JimK, Thanks for posting that. You are right on target with your concerns for safety. Especially for kids!
A couple of ideas:
Could you get written permission to climb?
You could go completely stealth like we talked about in the another previous thread.
You could join them and climb with a paintball gun and shoot or return fire from up high in the tree.(sorry couldn't resist this one)-hahaha.