Canopy Research Tree Week

Climbing for Science


After years of requests and customizing courses for canopy researchers, TCP has created a curriculum specifically designed for the canopy scientist. This course builds on the foundation of our Basic Tree Week while focusing on a minimalist climbing approach to fit your studies.

Included in the curriculum:


Basic Tree Climbing Course

This course teaches the skills you need to climb a large tree on your own using Doubled Rope Technique (DRT). Information about selecting a good climbing tree and detecting potential hazards is presented in detail. You will learn how to tie climbing knots, repeating each knot many times to learn “muscle memory.” You’ll learn safety rules, communication tools and a recommend dialog so your climbing team is speaking the same language.


Beyond the Basics

This day will focus on using motion lanyards, pulleys and additional hardware, which makes tree climbing more effective. We will give advice on working with field assistants, climbing in remote locations, tropical tree climbing techniques, team climbing and hazards one may encounter while climbing in isolated areas.


Single Rope Technique (SRT)

Advance techniques using specially designed equipment will make your ascent more energy efficient while gaining quicker access to your subject. SRT requires specialized gear. A variety of SRT gear and its usage will be discussed in detail with plenty of time to practice everything you learn.


Contrive Your Style

This day you will scout out a wild tree (a tree which has never been climbed before) and perform a tree inspection, line placement, ascending, traversing and descending methods. A combination of both DRT and SRT will open complete access to the canopy. The instructor will be present only as a shadow to approve your methods and give advice.  This day builds the confidence one needs to go out and climb a wild tree on their own or with a climbing team.


Class Size – 4

Duration – 6 days

Cost – $1500.00 per person, group discount available

2022 Dates/Locations

June 5-10 / Oregon City, Or.

Sept.26 – Sept 31 / Oregon City, Or

* email to schedule this course – (minimum 2 students) – tim(at)



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