Recreational (Non-Invasive) Tree Climbing:
Let’s organize a recreational tree climbing network for all us fellow climbers and climbing enthusiasts who are interested in attending or hosting parties in places where we can get the owner’s consent to climb their tree/s. Climbers will agree to provide all their own non-invasive climbing gear and not to use cutting tools when climbing the trees. This doesn’t have to be anything overly extreme, just a positive way for us to network and climb trees legally on private property, subject to applicable consent waivers, etc.
If you are located within say 300 miles of the Bainbridge Island or Seattle, Washington area and are interested in signing up as either a climber or a tree owner, please email your contact info to John@TreeXP.com and introduce yourself.
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.
Advanced and multi-day tree climbing clinics would be offered for more serious climbers who may be interested in tree climbing for physical conditioning, recreation, canopy research, safe rescue scenarios, and/or other professional purposes. These clinics would focus on teaching students how to safely and properly set climbing lines, tie suitable knots, get safely up and down from a tree, understand the concept of life-bearing-loads, as well as, how to move within the canopy and from tree to tree. Additional emphasis would focus on respecting trees through the use of non-invasive methods to protect and not bring harm to trees and their surrounding ecosystems.
Full-day, half-day and multi-day Tree climbing programs would be available to people and groups of people, of all ages, so there’s something for everyone, including children, adults and including anyone with limiting physical challenges.
Climbing instruction would be based on the the same principals and practices used by industry professionals who provide tree climbing training to Arborists and other tree care professionals whose gear is similar, if not identical to that used by others, including rock and mountain climbers, emergency rescue professionals, pole and tower workers, and by tactical military personal.
Even with all the best intentions, tree climbing has inherent risks.
Tree climbing instruction is available at:
- Tree Climbing Planet (Tim Kovar)
- Tree Climbing International
- Seattle Tree Climbing / Canopy Climbers LLC
- Cornell Tree Climbing Institute
- Go Tree Climbing Organization
General Climbing Info:
- Climbing Arborist
- Richard Munford’s Youtube Channel
- Tree Climbing Standards and Ethics
- How to Tie Arborist Knots
- Guidelines for Safe Climbing
- Arborist Knots
- Climbing Knots
- How to Belay
- How to Rappel
- Communication for Climbing
- 11 Great Reasons for Climbing Trees
- Up and About: An Interview with Expert Tree Climber Alex Julius
- Michael Oxman‘s Tree Climbing Adventures & Stories
- Ralph Sterns Dyer Redwood Club
- Tree Stories
- Champion tree climber and arborist shares his tips and exercise routine
- Could climbing trees help BOOST your brain power?