Basic Tree Climbing Class, (DRT)
Our 20-hour Basic Tree Climbing Class (BTCC) is taught once a month from April through October at our training site at Lake Lanier, Georgia, with a maximum of three participants per class. It is suitable for those who are 14 years old or older (those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian), who are in reasonable physical shape.
Note: We also schedule extra classes any time we have enough interest to warrant the extra class. Contact us for more information.
This course focuses on equipment selection and maintenance, basic tree-entry methods, double-rope climbing techniques, and moving vertically and horizontally in the canopies of two or more species. One of the major differences between our tree climbing class and most others is, you will spend most of your class time CLIMBING; we require each student to complete 8 in-tree transfers during the class. This assures that each student can go out and climb on their own with confidence.
This is a HANDS ON class, you will spend the majority of the class time with your feet in the air!
We Begin our class
Friday evening with a preliminary climb just to give you feel for how the climbing process is done. Then we spend a couple of hours talking about equipment, safety and other fundamental information.
On Saturday morning we get started bright and early when we start a full day of knot tying,
tree climbing, risk assessment and all of the other skills that you will need to become a successful tree climber.
Sunday continues with more climbing, rescue training, and reviews of tree selection, risk assessment and multi-pitch climbing. We strive to have each student complete 8 in-tree transfers. This is the method to transfer from your initial setting to a second setting that you have established while up in the tree attached to your initial setting. This is the very heart of tree climbing because it provides you with the ability not only get into the tree but to move up,
Tree Climbing Equipment
We will provide all of the required tree climbing equipment. The only thing that we suggest you bring as far as equipment goes is a pair of flexable work gloves. Gloves with a soft leather-like palm seem to work well. This prevents blisters that really get uncomfortable by the second day. We recommend that students NOT purchase equipment prior to taking the class. We have had students who purchased “starter” kits that contained expenisve gear they didn’t need. You will have the chance to try several different ropes and other gear during your training, as well as discussing pros and cons of many different brands and types of equipment. You will be better able to select the correct equipment after the Basic Tree Climbing Class. You will save money and be more satisfied with your equipment if you wait to make your purchase until after the class.
Some of the key points of this tree climbing class are:
Knot Tying – Rope Placement – Tree Selection – Assent and Descent – Equipment requirements and Equipment maintenance.
The cost is $300 a person; private instruction is $400 a person.
Tree climbing is on it’s way to becoming a main line sport with the development of the Global Organization of Tree Climbers, gotreeclimbing.org. GOTC has members on every populated continent and has established universal guidelines for the Instruction of future tree climbers. Here at Tree Trek we have embraced and supported the development of GOTC since its founding in 2006, and all of our Instructors are recognized by GOTC as “Master” Instructors; this means that not only can we instruct entry level classes but we can train students all the way up to becoming an Instructor. You can be confident that you are getting the very best training and instruction.
Tree climbing opens a whole new view of the world! If you enjoy nature you need to try tree climbing, It gives you a whole new perspective.