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Why tree-climbing is good for children

by Marius Hardut last modified Apr 06, 2015 10:19 AM
Un articol despre cum cataratul in copaci este benefic educatiei copiilor si cum barbatii in special pot sa ajute copiii sa aiba curaj, sa incerce lucruri noi, sa isi testeze abilitati motrice.

Becky Dickinson ushers the children out of 'soft play’ and back into the treetops for a day of climbing and adventure

My eight year old son is 28 feet above my head. I’m not sure I’m entirely comfortable with this scenario and glance at the guy on the ground with the rope. The rope that is supposed to catch my son should he slip while scaling the giant oak tree in front of us. Hopefully we won’t need to find out.

Poza copil catarand in copaci in coarda

Jonas is disappearing like a helium balloon into the spectral branches. They fan out like a mesh of arthritic hands across the bright spring sky, holding my son in their impervious grasp. He carries on soaring until Duncan the instructor – the guy with the rope – calls at him to stop. And resisting the stronger pull of gravity, he begins his descent, first climbing, then abseiling. Turns out that rope does work.

With Jonas safely on terra firma, his five-year-old sister, Daisy, takes the ropes. A seasoned climber of furniture, she scrambles up like a monkey.

We’re at Live the Adventure, an outdoor adventure centre in rural Shropshire, where they’ve just launched a brand new tree climbing course, the latest in a repertoire of outdoor activities from kayaking to trekking, designed to re-engage the Xbox generation with the outdoors. Although my kids don’t (yet) own an Xbox, I admit I’m more used to seeing them ricochet around indoor 'soft play’ areas, than shin up trees.


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