I took a road trip last weekend to Kernersville, NC, the purpose of which was to reconnect with a long-time friend, but I was also hoping to get a climb in somewhere. She and her husband are both excercise nuts and told me they run and bike most every day at a local park. We decided that there must be a suitable tree there I could climb while they biked/ran. We headed out Sat. morning around 8:00 or so - the weather was nice, low 40's, just a touch of breeze and partly sunny. The park is located around a lake that was drained about a year ago for repairs and has never been re-filled. There's just a creek running through it now - not sure why it was never finished, budget cuts perhaps. The park consists of a nice trail, in the woods, which loops around the empty lake and is used regularly by runners, bikers and walkers.
Anyway, I found a nice tree fairly quickly (a decent sized beech) and amazingly got my throw line in on the first toss - a real miracle as I had an audience. This was good as I didn't have my normal amount of climbing time - my friend was doing her run and I didn't want to hold her up too long once she had finished. Her husband was going to bike while I climbed but decided pretty quickly that he'd rather watch me. I had lots of comments from people passing by - from people really interested in what I was doing to those who thought I was nuts! A couple went by jogging with their dog and the dog went crazy when he noticed me hanging in mid-air. He just stopped and wanted to bark at me - trying to tell his mom and dad that there was a really big squirrel in that tree I guess
All in all it was a really nice climb although I didn't get to the top due to time constraints, but that was probably a good thing as the wind really picked up as soon as I got down. It was like someone turned on a switch - huge gusts!
I'm gonna try and post some photos - hope they work . . .