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Basic Tree Climbing Course

Safe independent climbing for yourself.

 Note that to lead others in climbs, the facilitator training course is necessary.

The Basic Course is scheduled by appointment.

Email or phone 706-778-8847 to inquire about prices and arrange a date.

tree climbing instruction in safety, equipment, tree selection and careThis course teaches the skills and techniques needed to climb safely. The Basic Tree Climbing Course lasts 18 hours, spread over three days. It begins with a two-hour introductory fun climb on day one, from 6-8 p.m.

This is an intensive course. You need to come rested. Be aware that as you leave the course, you will be tired.

The climbing technique taught in this class is often referred to as a self-belay friction knot climb. It's also known as the  "double rope technique" (DRT.) The self-belay friction knot allows you to do three important things. It allows you to move up the rope, also move down the rope. And when you let go, it automatically locks in place so you can relax and take in the view. This is a neat climbing system.

You will also learn about tree selection, climbing gear, equipment care, and tree protection. See the Safety page for more details. The main thing is that after completing this course, you'll be able to select and climb trees safely by yourself.

Quotation from a student:

"This class is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I have experienced deep lessons in faith, trust, and fear; and gained an activity that I can do anywhere, at anytime, staying in touch with the outdoors."

This is a standard course, which Genevieve Summers helped Tree Climbers International to develop. Completing the course requires that you pass both a written test and a physical demonstration of your abilities.

This is to ensure your tree climbing competence and safety. Note that this basic tree climbing course teaches you to climb safely, yourself. It is not enough preparation for leading other people in climbs. For that, you need the Tree Climbing Facilitator Training Course.

This course is scheduled by appointment, so we arrange the dates by email or phone (706-778-8847.) 

Age Requirements:

Usually the Basic Tree Climbing Course is reserved for participants at least 18 years old. Participants aged 16 or 17 must have signed parental permission and a phone interview. Occasionally a young participant age 13 to 15  is accepted into the course when accompanied by a responsible adult. Certificates are issued only to course graduates who are 18 or older.


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