Climbing and planting Trees. LARKING ABOUT. Conversations UpTrees. Philosophy. Politics. The Environment. Re-imagine the world. Inspire US to action. This is uptrees… (rehabrd and 444trees)
It all started out as a whim. “I’m going to climb one tree every day for a year”. The whim took over.
This site is the hub for UpTrees but also a window to offshoot projects, – for info on RehabRd and 444Trees please follow the links above.
So… I’ve travelled through 10 countries climbing trees, climbed with 43 others in one tree, interviewed a belly dancer, actors in character, a class of 9-year-old children, a friend of mine who needed and then got a heart transplant, an ex drug smuggler, founder of the Transition Towns movement, the inventor of TEQs, professors, artists, musicians, carpenters… and the list goes on. Over 80 conversations with inspired people and more than 365 trees including the famous Christmas tree they gave to London for Trafalgar square. (who the students set fire to under the anti student fee demo’s of which I have mixed feelings, setting fire to the tree that is).
It ended with a ‘Family Tree’ and a forest exhibition at the Maihaugen outdoor museum in Lillehammer, Norway on May 16th 2011!
This blog is a work in progress and window into what the book will become. The entries are being typed up and filled in bit by bit. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do… nearly 9 months of material to transcribe and edit. 24 hours of conversations in trees and thousands of images. It’s a rough note book for something to print, so please be patient with typos and gaps and holes and flaws.
It has been brilliant. Mostly. I’ve met loads of excellent people. Made a few people smile, frown and raise eyebrows, and now have the material for a really unusual and unique book thanks to everyone who got involved!
I’m interested in sustainability, what it is that connects us all, and living well… living better, and us citizens taking part in these changes. Time is against us and so it seems are government and corporations, – sometimes.
‘If you’re not doing something about something you’re wasting your time’. Arrogant, small minded or true?
I’d love to hear your comments, wisdom, knowledge, suggestions and maybe climb with you… and maybe it will go in the book.
Uptrees officially ended on the 16th of May 2011 however it is still alive and the offshoot projects are nearly ready sprout.
If I’ve met you on my travels UP TREES, or you are just interested please send me an email to uptrees ( at ) gauntlettandson.com.
Here’s the FACEBOOK group for UpTrees – sign up and I’ll let you know when there’s news.
write a comment on the blog… or all three…
A little something about me:
Who he? Henrik G Dahle is be:
Writer, artist, director of theatre and film, anxty environmentalist and social engineer, with a smile, grimace and frown. (yes I am engineering you).
I’m going to write this thing in the first person until I get an agent who can write it for me which will make me sound much more important. So… I’ve been pulling, drawing, and imagining the cart with and without a horse since leaving school… Always on the case with a project, worrying about ideas, rewriting scripts, lugging art to galleries, scrawling poems on tiny pieces of paper, planning to take over the world, staring at my computer screen, editing digital images and making stories with them, thanking and apologising to actors for their performances, whistling down the street, filling suitcases with smoke, travelling to Norway for the other half of my life, irritating people and making them laugh. This is beginning to sound like a Guardian Soulmates add.
The natural world and the amazing things we can achieve is without a doubt on the top of my list of priorities along with ______ ____ ________ ___ and ______.
What else can I tell you? I’m not sure if I’m out of my mind or if my head is bolted, welded, nailed, glued and screwed on. Like when I lived in a garage… (I converted it quite nicely however…) On one morning I’d wake up and think… ‘this is great – the bohemian dream’… the next morning… I was living in a garage. Life would be a lot easier if I just got a normal job and settled down. Right? What’s all this climbing trees got to do with anything? What the ______ am I doing!?
Some tree climbing advice / thoughts / obvious thoughts…
Take your time.
Trees are amazing and beautiful beings and when you’re in them – if you get comfortable it’s easy to forget you’re in a tree with just a few perches between you and the ground.
Check each branch is alive by looking down it. Make sure it has leaves on (summer time). Winter – kick it gently – feel it’s resistance, it’s density, it’s bounce – like sonar.
Make sure you think you can get down. What goes up …
Always have a hand, elbow or knee hooked round something unless you’re really confident you can let go like keeping your hand on the wheel in a car (in really big trees for instance).
Remember – you were a monkey – all of this is in you! You can do it.