Sometime early on in our friendship the subject of tree climbing comes up. Steo's never done it, but is quite interested in giving it a try. So, when March presents itself as being unseasonably warm, I pull out my equipment and we head over to the St. Paul Campus. When I first began climbing trees this way, it took a long time to build up the kind of trust one needs in one's equipment in order to be able to move effectively in the canopy. For Steo, this seems to come naturally perhaps as a result of time spent in the rigging, my confidence, or a general lack of fear. Whatever the case, we have no problems getting into the tree and branch-walking about in it.
A half-hour or so later, Verhei comes by on a walking break and joins us.