Meet our Tree Climbing Instructors:
Bill learned to rappel with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam and was a telephone lineman while in college. He became interested in adventure, research and educational tree climbing in 1997. He is a former daily newspaper editor who now works with youth groups and summer camps, and continues to take classes in biology, botany and chemistry. 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 eight expeditions to the rain forests and cloud forests of Central America. He also works with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Jeff 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 has been climbing ropes and taking adventure trips all of his adult life. He is a former newspaper and wire service photographer who also taught college journalism courses. Joe became interested in adventure, research and educational tree climbing in the mid-1990s and currently spends half of each year on the faculty of the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Joe established the Treeclimbers’ Coalition, a non-competitive organization to help tree climbing gain credibility and accreditation with outdoor recreation leaders. Joe also volunteers regularly with federal conservation programs.
All of our instructors are recognized as Master Instructors by the Global Organization of Tree Climbers.