Technical tree climbing uses rope and saddles to access the canopy. A rope and saddle allow more freedom of movement while creating less impact during the climb. Due to being an on-rope activity, technical tree climbing is much safer than climbing trees OG style.
We take great pride on minimizing our impact to the tree we are climbing. Any time a moving rope is over a branch we use ‘branch savers’ to protect the tree, we never use ‘spikes’ to climb, and we respect the local habitants who call the tree home – occasionally resulting in not climbing some trees during certain nesting seasons. TCP philosophy is anchored in climbing softly to minimize our impact while aloft.
In short – No. Tree climbing and rock climbing are completely different. Tree climbing has specialized saddles and ropes, creating more comfort and additional safety. We stay 100% on rope and below our anchors, preventing the possibility of a fall. You should never use rock climbing harnesses in tree climbing.
We start our climbers at 7 yrs old (occasionally we’ve had climbers as young as 4 yrs old) for a variety of our tree climbing facilitated experiences. Our courses and expeditions start at 13 yrs old with a parent or guardian participating alongside.
Tree climbing mainly relies upon your legs to help you ascend. We have taken professionally athletes into the trees and children with disabilities. A good height weight ratio is more crucial than strength.
TCP’s founder is scared of heights, but has learned how to recognize and work with that fear, tree climbing teaches you about YOU. All of our climbs our challenge by choice, we can also guide you through difficult mental moments once you’re aloft. Think of tree climbing as a place to be, not a thing to do.
We believe tree climbing is for everyone. Trees can teach us to be present, patient, resilient, compassionate, mindful, grounded, surrendered, happy, trusting, forgiving, etc. In short, tree climbing can teach you about YOU. Because this is a challenge by choice activity, you can decide if you want to go 5’ or to the top of the tree. You may also prefer to stay on the ground and support the climbers above. Just being around trees, you will embrace the benefits nature has to offer.
We do supply all equipment for canopy access. We highly encourage our students NOT to purchase gear prior to their course as we have ample amount of equipment for the student to test prior to their own personal purchase.
Yes! We can host your next party at either our location or your location if all requirements are met. See our Group Climb Info
We do climb in light rain, our biggest concerns with weather are lightning and high winds. Over the past 30 years of guiding others into the trees we’ve only had to cancel a handful of times due to weather.
TCP’s founder is one of the true pioneers of recreational tree climbing, taking tens of thousands of first-time tree climbers and going back to 1993 where he helped create the course curriculums of which have became the gold standards sought after in the world of teaching tree climbing to the public. Other organizations have popped up over the years and while some are very reputable, others have taken their rock climbing or other aerial skills to the public for commercial progress. Know thy lineage before you putting your life on the line. Check out our testimonials for first-hand reports.