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Morris Arboretum Offering Tree-climbing Class For Women

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Morris Arboretum (credit: Chelsea Karnash/CBSPhilly.com)

Morris Arboretum (credit: Chelsea Karnash/CBSPhilly.com)

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By Chelsea Karnash

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There are many things that come to mind when one thinks of childhood, but here’s one of the most fun: tree-climbing.

While the days of hauling yourself up to those dangerously skinny branches at the top of that old pine are, sadly, long gone, the Morris Arboretum is offering women the chance to channel their inner arborist this spring.

On Saturday, April 5th, the arboretum is hosting “Introductory Tree Climbing for Women.” The class will be taught by ISA Michigan State Champion climber Rachel Brudzinksi, a female tree climbing pro working to the presence of women in the field, who will demonstrate proper climbing techniques geared towards women.

After learning the basics, the real fun begins: You’ll get a chance to take to the trees yourself and show off your skills (or lack thereof) in a safe, controlled environment. Climbers of all levels are welcome, and participants should wear long pants and comfortable shoes with soles. Gloves are also recommended.

Morris officials say Brudzinski also taught the arboretum’s first-ever tree-climbing for women class this past fall, and it was so popular that they’re bringing it back for spring — and possibly expanding it to two days, if demand is high.

So, if the idea of literally going out on a limb has your inner child all excited, sign up for the class here.

And if you’re not female but are still interested in climbing, there’s also a three day introductory tree-climbing course being offered from March 4-6.

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