Meet our Tree Climbing Instructors:
Bill is a master instructor. He learned to rappel with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam and was a telephone lineman while in college. He became interested in research and educational tree climbing in 1997. He is a former daily newspaper editor who now works with youth groups and summer camps. He was vice president of the Global Organization of Tree Climbers for six years and is co-founder of Tree Trek Exploration. Bill has taught climbing techniques from the Pacific Northwest to the Panama Canal. He has led ten expeditions to the rain forests of Central America. He works with the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation and volunteers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
.Jeff is a master instructor. He is an internet technology expert who became interested in recreational tree climbing in 2004. Jeff is also a talented mechanical engineer who has designed or modified more than a dozen different items of equipment for physically challenged climbers, researchers and adventurers. Climbers in North, Central and South America, Asia and Europe currently use his gear. Jeff is co-founder of Tree Trek. He has volunteered with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia chapter of the American Chestnut Association.
Joe passed away in July 2017 while working with graduate students at the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Bocas del Toro, Panama. He was 76 years old. Joe was a former wire service photographer and college professor who had been taking adventure trips all his life. He had been involved in research tree climbing since the mid-1990s. His spot among Tree Trek instructors will soon be filled by Will Cottrell, a veteran climber who is a water quality expert at the University of Georgia, and a longtime explorer with the Georgia Conservancy.
All of our instructors are recognized by the Global Organization of Tree Climbers.