Climbing season is upon us! It’s time to check our gear, learn new techniques, and head for the treetops. Listed below are scheduled climbs with themes for each climb. New techniques will be learned on the ground and then they will be applied in the trees. This will be your opportunity to branch out into new realms. Got an idea for a future theme? Speak up!
But wait! There’s more. Pop up climbs will suddenly appear and you have a chance to climb with a partner or the gang for social/learning/adventure expansion. What’s a pop up climb? It’s a climb someone presents to the club suddenly on a whim. It is always more fun and safer when climbing with a buddy. You can declare a pop up climb yourself and see what happens.
For me, I am looking forward to some pop up “Firefly Climbs”. I am already seeing mature fireflies crawling on the bark surfaces. The fireflies start at dusk and rise into the canopy in a coupled of hours. It’s a nighttime experience hard to forget. They usually show up in June.
The club has yet to talk about outings. We have some places to explore. Several members have trees and property a few hours away from Atlanta. Let’s talk about dates/locations at the next meting, huh?
For those of you that have let your ATCC dues fall behind, now is a good time to send in your money. It’s only $25. What a deal! Don’t miss out. For you out of towners, you need to keep up your destination possibilities by your modest annual membership dues for that time when you just have to escape to a climbing crowd that wants to see you.
Mail in your dues to:
205 Plymwood Ct.
Roswell GA 30076
Make check out to: ATCC
Place: 1290 Merry Ln., Atlanta 30329
Contact: Peter “Treeman” Jenkins
Theme: Gear Check.
Time to go through you gear and snoop around other folk’s gear. I’ll have some dry lubricant for those hesitating carabineers and a hacksaw for the carabiners that can’t get up to the task of speedy complete closure.
Then we’ll head for that mature forest behind the clubhouse for 100+ foot climbs. If the wind is up, we’ll take turns on “Breeze”, 115 feet of wiggly loblolly pine on the top of the hill!
Theme: Treeboat rigging. Everyone gets to set up a Treeboat on the ground and then it’s up into “Rosy Red Oak”, a 100 foot two leader southern red oak. A two-person team will work together to set up a line of Treeboats and then it’s lunch in the treetops!
Theme: Share tree climbing with a friend. This will be a facilitated climb where you get to invite a friend or two so they can see what it is like to be up in a big tree hanging out in the wind. This will be a great chance to bring in someone new to share the adventure of tree climbing.
Theme: King Grapnel hook and treetop-to-treetop traverses. Learn how to put a second DRT system in another treetop and glide on over to the neighboring tree or just pause for a while between trees hands free! Drop a tag line to the ground and you are set up for a “giant swing”. It’s safe (you are tied in twice) and it is entirely ballistic! Climb “Obama the Tree” and then set a rope in “Rosy Red Oak”. Then glide on over while 70 feet off the ground. Don’t forget to wave to mom, whether she is there or not!