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Walk Up a Tree

Living in NYC all my life, I’ve never had the suburban experience of climbing up a tree in my backyard. I’ve heard all about how sitting in a tree feels like an oasis, because no one is up there to bother you. At the same time, there are lots of stories about being stuck or falling down. The risk of breaking my arm suppressed my urge to climb up trees at the park. To get up there, you must grab on to a branch and pull yourself up while using your feet to grip on. That seems way beyond my athletic abilities, considering how I struggle to hold myself on a pull-up bar in gym class.

Kudos to smart designers! Thor te Kulve and Robert McIntyre designed a staircase for going up trees! It consists of birch steps attached to the tree trunk using bands and pads. The designers consulted an arboriculturist to make sure that this design will not destroy trees. There’s even a handrail in case you’re afraid of falling off the stairs.

The tension might not be good for the tree in the long term, but setting this up for your summer home seems good enough. It only takes about 3 hours to build and 30 minutes to take apart. No special tools are needed for installation. That’s faster and easier than any treehouse right?


Now I think I’m totally ready to “climb” up a tree, but first let me find a tree.

Sources: http://designyoutrust.com/http://freeyork.org/

Photo credit: http://freeyork.org/

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