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Bombay School Leaders Present :
How to climb a tree safely.
Credit : Wikihow

Bombay School Leaders Present :
How to climb a tree safely.
Credit : Wikihow
Respect nature and don't purposely break branches or pull off leaves.
Don't force anyone else to climb a tree if they don't want to.
No more than 1 child in a tree at a time.
Don't climb if the tree branches are wet.

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    Start your climb. If you can reach the lowest branch, grip it with one hand and wrap the other arm around the trunk. Place your feet on a sturdy gnarl, or grip the sides of the trunk with your thighs and calves. If the branch is too high to reach easily, try these advanced techniques instead:
    • If you need to jump to grab the branch, do so right next to the trunk. See the next step for advice on how to get on top of the branch.
    • If you have strong legs, you can climb trees with a higher lowest branch. Run with moderate speed at the trunk. Plant the ball of your dominant foot on the tree and push upward against the tree while jumping with the other foot. Throw your arms up to catch the branch, or use one arm to grab the trunk and one to grab the branch.  Have you considered how you will get down again?
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    Get on top of the first branch. Now you're holding the branch from underneath. Depending on the height of the branch and the number of nearby footholds, you may be able to get on top of it just by pulling yourself up. Here are a couple techniques that help with more challenging trees:
    • Pull Up: Pull yourself up so both biceps and forearms are resting on the branch. Swing and lift to get your elbows up on the branch, or all the way to your lower stomach if you have enough upper body strength. Swing your legs up to straddle the branch.
    • Leg Swing: Grip the branch with both hands. Swing one leg up and over the branch. Wrap your arms around the branch so your biceps are on top. Swing your free leg backwards while pressing down with your biceps to swing yourself on top of the branch.
    • If you can't reach any branches at all, try the coconut palm techniques until you reach the lowest branch.
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    Ascend using large, live branches. Once you're on top of a large branch, look for a secure route to the next one. Grip branches as close to the trunk as possible. If a branch is less than 7.5 cm in diameter (thick) , do not use it for more than one limb. When placing your foot on a small branch like this, wedge it perpendicular to the branch, where it meets the trunk.
    • Avoid broken branch stubs and dead branches. Dead wood may break without warning.
    • If the bark is loose and peels off when grabbed, the tree might be weak and dying. Return to the ground.
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    Follow the three point rule. When climbing without ropes, three of your four limbs should be anchored securely at all times. Each of these should be supported by a different part of the tree. Placing two feet on a branch counts as one point of support. Sitting or leaning counts as zero, since it won't help you catch yourself if your other holds break.
    • The swinging and running techniques mentioned above for reaching the lowest branch are not safe for the rest of the climb. Only a very experienced climber should attempt to pull himself up onto a higher branch without footholds.
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    Keep your body close to the tree. Stay upright, with your hips directly below your shoulders whenever possible. Hug the tree as close as you can to increase stability. If the trunk is small, wrapping your arms or thighs around the side can improve your grip and slow your descent if you fall.
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    Use caution around weak branch unions. These are areas where two branches have grown close enough together for bark to grow between them. The bark in between is not solid wood, and the branches are often weaker than they look.
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    Tug each hold before putting your weight on it. Looks can deceive when it comes to branch strength. Don't put your weight on anything you haven't tested.
    • If an area of the tree falls off in soft chunks, the wood is rotten. Trees rot from the inside out, so the tree could be very damaged even if most of the bark feels solid. Return to the ground right away.
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    Identify the safest maximum height. When climbing without ropes, always stop before the trunk narrows below 10 cm in diameter.  You may need to stop well below this area if you notice weak branches or moderate winds.
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    Descend slowly and carefully. Don't lose your sense of caution when it's time to come down. Try to stick to the same path you used on the way up, assuming it felt safe.
    • Dead branches and other hazards are more difficult to see on the way down. Test footholds carefully before lowering yourself.
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