TreeXP is a safe place for Recreational Tree Climbers and others who are enthusiastic and excited about connecting with Nature. This site recognizes the sport of tree climbing and serves to unite and inform recreational tree climbers who prefer to climb in a non-invasive manner, without the use of spurs and cutting tools.
We recognize how by connecting to and being with nature, we improve ourselves, both physically and spiritually. Tree climbing is a great form of exercise, creating harmony and focus between body and mind.
Tree climbing is as much spiritual as it is physical and technical. Just being in the presence of trees and nature’s abundance, while exercising your body and mind is immensely gratifying. Knowing how to responsibly climb trees is like being a proficiently skilled mountain or rock climber. Feeling the exhilaration and the physical sensations, while high in the air, inside an old-growth tree canopy does transform an individual.
As a Recreational Tree Climber / Environmentalist and as a strong believer in Climate Science and Eco-Restoration, I envision a fossil-fuel free future and a world with an abundance of sustainable resources, for the benefit of all living beings.
- Tree Climbing 101
Obtaining professional tree-climbing instruction is recommended for anyone and everyone, who wants to learn how to safely climb trees. Learning how to identify hazards and understanding the risk is mission-critical. Reading about it, or watching videos is no substitute for the real deal. Climb at your own risk.
Getting the climbing line into the tree is the first objective. Hand-throwing a weighted throw-bag, tied to a string, or by using an oversized sling shot, known as a Big Shot, to shoot a weighted throw-bag tied to a light weight throw line over a secure branch and then by feeding the rope into the tree, is how it’s usually done. Trees like Redwoods, may require a more powerful launching device, like a crossbow, an airgun, or even with the use of a drone.
TreeXP does not currently offer tree climbing training courses for beginning, intermediate and advanced climbers, but if we did, we’d provide recreational tree climbing programs as a one-day or half-day excursion with enough basic instruction and training to safely get a student up and down from large tree. Facilitators and trainers would have many available tools to aid the climbers, including an optional counter-balance system to provide climbers with an elevator-like lift to reach the canopy, requiring far less effort and lots more time to really enjoy the overall experience.
As you read the articles posted on this site’s blog and other information, we hope you’ll become more familiar with Recreational Tree Climbing. If you are already an experienced rock-climber, than perhaps you are familiar with many of the tree-climbing components, aside from the fact that rock-climbers climb on rocks and walls, while tree climbers connect directly with a real 3D living beings who support a vast array of other symbiotically inter-connected life forms, while we as climbers rely primarily on climbing lines that we mindfully connect to limbs with a life-bearing load capacity.
All are welcome here, so please come join us for a taste of the TreeXP’erience.
John Greer / Admin