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Rope Swinging


The carefree girl in the photo above who is rope swinging represents summer, play and freedom, but how about learning?

Oh to climb a rope, to hang on to it, to take a leap of faith, to jump, to swing and to drop into a cold abyss of water.

But what else is going on?

Rope swinging involves coordinating your arms, torso and legs.  It’s a full-body workout.  It tests your body’s strength, creativity, self-confidence, stamina and perseverance. It requires balance. It’s involves timing, aerodynamics, gravity. It involves cause and effect, analytical reasoning and adrenaline. How does one manage their fear of:  height, speed, trusting and letting go?  If you’re with others while you do it, you’ll figure out whether you are a follower or a leader.  And once you drop in the water, you’ll have to know how to:  land without smacking your skin; relax from the startle of the cold water; hold your breath as you plunge deeply; and finally, swim to the surface.  When you’re sore the next day, you’ll probably learn some human anatomy.

If you haven’t done this before, give it a try.  But be certain that the body of water you plan to jump into is deep enough; and that there aren’t any rocks in the way.

You’re going to love your own nature and the one you’re in when you…swing on a rope.

Please share your ideas too.  It’s more fun for me when you do.




9 Responses to “Rope Swinging”

  1. patricia

    I want to jump from a rope swing! Maybe we should try to rig one up at Pine Mountain Lake, eh?

    • Kristin

      Hey Tricia,

      You too may rope swing, once the road to the place I have in mind opens again (due to the huge forest fire in the area).

      We usually swing at the one at the end of the trail on the Tuolumne River; and it’s not too far from Pine Mt. Lake. The rope is at the top of a huge granite boulder, about 12 feet above the water. When you jump, you swing about 15 feet across the water; and if you don’t let go and plunge five feet, gracefully into a 50 foot circle pool, you’ll swing back like David did and possibly crash into the rock–so you must jump! It’s thrilling because it’s cold water.

  2. bellewynne

    There’s a rope swing on Bass Lake in Point Reyes NS! I remember it being thrilling… and cold. Loved it.

    • Kristin

      Hi bellewynne,

      Point Reyes is one of my favorite places and yet I’ve never heard of Bass Lake. I’ve probably seen it though. Do you remember where on the lake the swing is? I’d love to find it and give it a try.

      Thanks for sharing. BTW, I tried to visit your blog, but it’s not listed on your Gravitar page–so I have no way of commenting on a post you’ve written.

    • Kristin

      Well, it’s not always easy to find a rope-swing. But if you see one someday, give it a try!

  3. bellewynne

    Oh dear, I just saw that you’d written back. Sorry! Here’s the info on Bass Lake:

    BASS LAKE (10 km / 6 mi.) and WILDCAT BEACH (17.6 km / 11 mi.)
    The south end of Coast Trail begins with spectacular ocean views from far above the surf. It can be windy and exposed, with only occasional canopy overhead. In the summer, look for salmonberries and thimbleberries. Bass Lake is unofficially the best swimming at Point Reyes, but access can be challenging and there are no lifeguards–swim at your own risk. If you choose to continue to Wildcat you’ll be rewarded with ocean and lake views and a beautiful beach. From either destination, one returns via Coast Trail. Start this hike at the Palomarin Trailhead at the end of Mesa Road, a 35-minute drive south of the Bear Valley Visitor Center.


    • Kristin

      Oh my Gosh Alison, I’m so happy you came back and shared this information with me. Pt. Reyes is one of my favorite places in the world. But is there a rope swing? Of so, where? Any tips most appreciated. I can’t wait to check this out;)


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