Dear Tree Climbers and Friends of Tree Climbing,
As we approach winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and summer in the Southern Hemisphere, we’re joined by thoughts of holidays, family, and the promise of a coming New Year. I hope you will take a moment to appreciate, as I often do, what it is that our community does and represents. We climb trees! Not only that, but many of us share the joys of tree climbing with friends, family, and our communities. By doing so, we're reaffirming an ancient bond between people and nature, people and forests, people and people. We do so in a way that is fun, exhilarating, challenging, enlightening and often life changing. I give thanks to have discovered this world within our world, and the good people who inhabit it.
This abbreviated edition of the GOTC newsletter reflects those qualities of tree climbing. Our Board is welcoming new members, tree climbers who have a desire and a passion to volunteer their time to take tree climbing forward. We also hear from Common Ground Adventures on how this grove facilitated a tree climbing experience for a population that often encounters limitations to their experiencing nature first hand.
I hope you enjoy this latest edition of our newsletter. Have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year, wherever you are. As is somewhat of a tradition, I will try to ring in 2014 with a New Year’s Day climb. I can’t think of a better way to mark the occasion.
As always, please keep in touch, and I'll look forward to meeting up with you in the canopy.
“Ponderosa” Harv Teitelbaum, Pres.
Evergreen, CO, USA