Access Public Lands

It is unfortunate but tine that, in human nature, whatever one person does, someone else will have an objection to. Anything that is "different" is viewed as a threat by somebody. Tree climbing is nearly always perceived as "different". Since it is not widely understood, it is likely to be regarded with suspicion. Although most places don't have specific regulations forbidding tree climbing, people who are in control of public lands where you are likely to find nice climbing trees, are just as likely as not, to deny you permission to climb in those trees if you ask. This situation exists mainly from fear of lawsuits and ignorance of what tree climbing is all about.

As tree climbers we can both try to educate people to the wonders and safety of tree climbing and, at the same time, continue to climb trees on public lands as long as we climb respectfully, and the trees are off'the beaten trail.

Obviously, if the tree is growing over the ranger station or even over well traveled trails or picnic areas, you shouldn't climb it. You will draw attention to yourself and may make future climbing on that park land difficult, not only for yourself but for others as well.

If, on the other hand, you climb away from areas frequented by people, wear clothing that blends in and climb quietly -you are unlikely to be discovered or confronted. If you hear approaching people, pull your rope up and sit quietly until they pass. People who aren't tree climbers rarely look up.

If we are careful, we as climbers can continue to climb without forcing park officials into a position where they have to make a decision. On the short term these decisions will almost always mean the end of the climb and in the long term, may be the cause of more needless regulations.

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