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No Experience Required
This is a specialized beginning tree climbing course for those who are most interested in climbing taller trees using ascending and descending hardware. Canopy researchers who climb into tall conifers or emergent rain forest trees favor this technique. This is a gear intensive course and is physically and mentally demanding. This course, although designed to climb tall conifers, will mainly be taught in our Oak trees. The last day of the course you will be able to access tall conifers if you’d chose.
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Another TCP exclusive, this course teaches proper and safe canopy access techniques. Information about selecting a good climbing tree and detecting potential hazards is presented. You will learn a few knots, appropriate equipment, and bona fide climbing techniques to protect yourself and the tree. You’ll learn self rescue, safety rules, and how to respect and care for the trees you climb. You will receive plenty of hands-on coaching and plenty of time to practice everything you learn.
We will also focus on using motion lanyards, pulleys, and additional hardware to make climbing more efficient. On the third day we will construct a tree top village with specially designed hammocks called Treeboats and sleep high in the trees this night – a highlight exclusive found only at TCPs tree week courses.
During the last day of class the student will scout a wild tree (a tree which has never been climbed before) and perform a solo climb. The instructor will be present only as a shadow to inspect and approve your methods.
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“On every level I found Tim’s teaching exceptional. He knows the techniques inside and out, and he honors and respects each student so that all receive detailed instruction while also given the space to practice and learn within an atmosphere of exploration and individual mastery at whatever level the student finds himself.”