Welcome To Tree Trek Exploration LLC, and our school of tree climbing
We specialize in research, educational and adventure climbing in North and Central America
Lake Sidney Lanier, Georgia — Phone 678-633-2328 or 706-974-1630
Boca del Drago, Republic of Panama — Phone 011-507-6853-2134
WHAT Is Tree Trek Exploration:
Tree Trek Exploration LLC trains adventurers, researchers and educators to move through the forest canopy at will, using the latest and safest tree climbing techniques and equipment. If you’re not sure tree climbing is right for you, we also partner with Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Cumming, Georgia to offer two inexpensive “try it” tree climbs each month. Register at www.sawneemountain.org for one of these Saturday afternoon events. If you decide that this is right for you, our weekend-long basic Tree Climbing Classes include techniques that will teach you to move up and through the canopy and get safely back to the ground. We also have additional training classes for advanced techniques, and courses for program facilitators and instructors. And, there’s our unique rain forest/cloud forest climbing adventure.
All of our Tree Climbing Courses are Taught by Master Instructors.
Each of us has years of experience climbing in wilderness environments. Between the three of us we have climbing experience ranging from the wilderness and mountains of the Eastern United States to the West Coast with its giant redwoods, as well as to the neotropics of Central and South America.
WHY Climb Trees:
Just a few feet above our heads is one of the least understood places on earth. The forest canopy is unbelievably vast; the 2010 United Nations Forest Resources Assessment puts it at 9.8 billion acres, and the U.S. Forest Service’s global estimate is 8.5 billion acres. It is home to nearly three-fourths of all the species on our planet, including half the species discovered in the last quarter century. It is where nearly all the planet’s oxygen is made. Despite its huge size, only a handful of field researchers have ventured into this incredibly diverse and ever-changing ecosystem. Canopy cranes, hot-air balloons, elevated walkways and zip lines have helped them explore a few hundred acres of this treetop paradise that early 20th century explorer William Beebe called “the eighth continent.” Tree climbing is your ticket to the unexplored reaches of this new continent.
WHO Climbs Trees:
Our clients range from teenagers to 70-somethings. They include entomologists, botanists, herpetologists, biochemists, ecologists, primate researchers, birders, and everyone in nearly any field of biological science, along with high school students and college undergraduates. We even allow kids who’re eight years old or older to take part in our three-hour public “try it” climbs.
WHERE is our Tree Climbing School:
Our main site in North America is located on the west side of Lake Sidney Lanier, on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains and about 75 minutes north of the Atlanta International Airport. Our field station is located in a tiny rain-forest village on the west end of Isla Colon (Columbus Island) near the international border between Panama and Costa Rica. Our winter home is near the banks of Florida’s Saint Mary’s River, a few minutes north of Jacksonville.
Tree Climbing for Arborists, Tree Climbing Classes:
In the past year we have had a dramatic increase in the number of students that have come to us to learn to climb for the purpose of working in trees and becoming arborists. I want to be up front about what we do and do not teach… We teach the basic DRT type climbing (Double Rope Technique) we do not teach any spiked climbing. Our class is aimed at the recreational and research climber, so we do not teach any methodology for removal of limbs, dead wooding or any of the cutting and rigging techniques used in tree work. That being said we have trained many people that have gone on to become professional arborists. In fact many of our former students tell us that they have taken climbing classes specifically designed for the tree work industry and come away without gaining the skills to move up and around the tree comfortably.
SO… the bottom line is that we will be happy to train you, we just like to be up front about what our class consists of. We keep our classes small so that each student is given the individual attention that they need to become a safe and confident tree climber. We also keep our prices reasonable so that professional training is within your budget.
WHEN do we have Tree Climbing Classes:
Training in climbing and facilitation techniques is regularly scheduled at the Lake Sydney Lanier site from April to October every year. The four-week Tropical Ecology Climbing Course, which includes techniques for rainforest and cloud forest canopy exploration along with academic classes, is regularly scheduled at the Panama site during the Christmas break and from mid-June to mid-July. Our winter training sessions and other training dates are often available by request. See our complete list of courses and dates.