Olive Us: Tree Climbing

Olive Us Tree Climbing

Images and text by Gabrielle.

Would you like a peek of our backyard? In this video, you’ll see our oldest three climbing the giant trees that surround our house. This is a different sort of tree-climbing than the casual kind I did as kid — it involves harnesses, helmets and some specialized equipment!

Tree Climbing in Design Mom's backyard.Tree Climbing in Design Mom's backyard.Tree Climbing in Design Mom's backyard.Tree Climbing in Design Mom's backyard.

I hope it will encourage your family to get outside and enjoy the fall weather! And yes, I have also climbed these trees. I’ve only done it twice, but it always feels like such an accomplishment. Hah!

Also, Olive, Maude and Ralph do a lot of talking in this one — which I know some of you have asked for (more talking, please!), so I hope you enjoy that as well.

Tree Climbing in Design Mom's backyard.Tree Climbing in Design Mom's backyard.Tree Climbing in Design Mom's backyard.

P.S. — Here’s a fun fact: I’ve mentioned before that ulive commissioned 20 Olive Us episodes, and this is the twentieth! If you’re curious, since Olive Us launched, we’ve made 44 episodes total. You can find them all here. Subscribe to the newsletter to be the first to see upcoming episodes — the next one is so good. I think it might be my favorite!

7 thoughts on “Olive Us: Tree Climbing”

  1. That is totally awesome! My daughter (13) loves tree climbing so I’ll definitely show her this. If you see a complete stranger in your backyard someday, it may be her. ;)

  2. love. my 5 and 6 year olds got a chance to try tree climbing like this with an organization called earthjoy. we were at a summer festival and our kids chose to try this (instead of face painting or other activities) and they were NOT disappointed! so amazing to have this in your own backyard. great video.

  3. We are in the Pacific Northwest, we have rock climbing harnesses but where can you find the rest of the gear and maybe a tutorial for what ropes go where when? You guys are inspiring – to get way up in the foliage!

  4. Oh I love this!!! How brave these kiddos are….man, I think I’d be a chicken to try that. I love our Oakland trees though, and just being around them makes me happy. I love your Olive Us series, and this one was just great too (love hearing the kid’s talk!)

    xo

  5. Hi Gabrielle! Spring is coming and I was wondering if you would mind posting the resources for your tree climbing gear? Thanks a lot!

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