THE JOY OF SWINGING ON A ROPE!
I grew up on a farm, and it seemed like we had ropes everywhere. In the barn, we strung them up on the rafters, swinging into piles of hay. In a forested area of our farm, we had a rope that swung across a large gully, and another rope was our only means of getting into our tree fort - by swinging from the hillside onto the tree. That rope was purposely positioned to make it difficult for younger siblings and their friends to access the fort. If you didn't swing fast enough on it, you couldn't reach the fort!
For all the rope swinging I did as a kid, I only had one accident (I broke my arm) - when a rope I hung from a chestnut tree came loose (I didn't tie it to the tree properly, so it came loose).
We also had a rope that my dad strung from an outside rafter of our house. It was intended to be a fire-escape, but I soon re-purposed it as a PV training rope.
So maybe I've been lucky this way, but for those living in more suburban areas (or a small town
), there's still plenty of opportunities to hang ropes from trees, and to just swing on them. You just have to use a bit of imagination.
If you're a Beginner pole vaulter, you don't need to do any particular drills at all - just have fun, and at the same time, condition your body to get used to swinging on a pole
- it's an easy transition!