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We’ve now concluded the 2020 Virtual Tree Climbers Rendezvous. We are grateful to all who attended, facilitated and sponsored this years Vous and we’re excited to announce that next year’s 2021 Tree Climbers Rendezvous is going to take place at Nebraska’s Camp Fontanelle.

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We are volunteer organizers of the annual Tree Climbers Rendezvous, sponsored by the Global Organization of Tree Climbers (GOTC). We host an annual climber’s conference to unite both beginner and experienced tree climbers from all around the world through educational and experiential opportunities. We invite everyone to join our global network of tree climbers.

If you are interested in attending an upcoming Tree Climbers Rendezvous, please become a registered member of this site. Registration is optional and it’s free. As a member, you’ll be better able to register for events, receive early-bird discount offers and be able to interact with other tree climbers in our Tree Climber’s Online Community Forum.

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Who we are

We provide a welcoming space for tree climbers to meet, climb trees and exchange information. Our multi-day International Annual Tree Climbers Rendezvous (‘Vous‘ for short) is open to both new and experienced climbers, providing an all inclusive atmosphere for those of us who collectively and affectionately refer to ourselves as Treep’s or Treeple’s.

Our members include tree climbers from all over the world who have gravitated together based on a shared passion for forests and climbing. Over the years, our annual get together has become so popular, we’ve decided to form an oversight committee, in order to better facilitate the annual Tree Climbers Rendezvous as well as other regional based events.

Our events have taken us to some amazing locations, including the Costa Rica rain forests and Northern California’s redwood groves. The conferences include notable speakers on a variety of informative topics. Educational workshops are also offered throughout the events. The Tree Climbers Rendezvous are accompanied by optional, pre and post, Vous excursions, for those interested in exploring the area, or host country, in a guided group.

We are affiliated with the Global Organization of Tree Climbers, or GOTC for short. The GOTC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit group who provides us with better infrastructure and helps guide us to various resources that better ensure our ongoing success. We, in turn, help connect the GOTC with potential members and volunteer support, thereby serving us all in a mutually beneficial way.

Our event oversight committee is managed by dedicated volunteers. We learn from year to year and strive to bring you the best event possible. We are always looking for places to sponsor and host our events in the future. If you know of such a place or are interested in hosting or becoming a volunteer, please contact us.

Our History

The Tree Climbers Rendezvous is an international conference that traces its origins back to 1999. During several informal recreational tree climber gatherings, the idea of a yearly event took root to showcase sustainable tree climbing to:

– wilderness adventurers
– canopy researchers
– land-management/recreation leaders
– recreational therapists
– experiential educators
– environmentalists
– conservationists
– recreational tree climbers

The conference grew through the years and the hosting has been shared by many experienced tree climbers from different geographical regions. On some occasions, due to a location’s popularity, we have returned to a previous venue.

Designed to improve climbing skills and wilderness ethics, the conference also gives tree lover enthusiasts from around the world the opportunity to meet with outdoor professionals interested in tree climbing. After the creation of the Global Organization of Tree Climbers (GOTC), this international annual conference has served as the meeting place for GOTC’s annual organization meetings and yearly election nominations.

A timeline of this unique gathering of tree climbers includes the following locations:

YearEvent #Tree Climbers Rendezvous VenueLocation
202120Camp Fontanelle*Freemont, NE
202019Worldwide – Virtual VousThe (Virtual) Cloud
201918 Redwood River Resort Leggett, CA
201817 Savegre Nature Preserve San Jose, Costa Rica
201716Cal-Wood Center* Jamestown, CO
201615Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center Mansfield, GA
201514Warm Beach Church Camp Seattle, WA
201413Shaw Nature Reserve Saint Louis, MO
201312Simpsonwood Center* Norcross, GA
201211Mount Herman Center Mount Herman, CA
201110Marywood Church Camp Jacksonville, FL
20109Beechridge Center Covington, KY
20098Tanglewood Park Clemmons, NC
20087Simpsonwood Center Norcross, GA
20076Cal-Wood Center Jamestown, CO
20065Gray Conference Center Canton, MS
20054Oregon Caves Cave Junction, OR
20043Camp Fontanelle Freemont, NE
20032Winfield Scott State Park Suches, GA
19991Joyce Kilmer Forest Robinsville, N.C.

*Repeat Locations