Basic Courses

Climb Trees Recreationally

This 16-18 hour course is for individuals who wish to climb trees recreationally. During the course, you will learn to climb large trees by using a style of climbing called Double Rope Technique (DRT). You will learn how to select trees and install and set up a DRT climbing system.  This is a hands-on course. Much of the time will be spent tying knots and practicing skills.  We will cover what gear you need and how to select the proper equipment for your climbing goals.

Who should take this course?

This is the perfect course for tree workers wishing to learn new and more efficient climbing techniques and recreationalists interested in exploring large trees.

Day 1
  • Introduction
  • Gear for Tree Climbing
  • Rules for Personal Safety
  • First Climb
  • Lunch
  • Tree Selection
  • Tree Hazards and Dangerous Conditions
Day 2
  • Setting the Ropes and Knots
  • Double Rope Climbing System
  • Climbing Technique
  • Gear Care, Storage, and Maintenance
  • Practice Session
  • Conclusion
  • 1 : 1 – $550 per Person
  • 2 : 1 – $350 per Person
  • 3 : 1 – 4 : 1 – $300 per Person

Price includes tree climbing book, Vertical Voyages course manual, and 20% discount on a Basic Tree Climbing Kit.

Basic Tree Climbing Kit
  • New Tribe Tengu Saddle
  • Petzl Elios Helmet
  • 2x DMM Ultra O Carabiners
  • 2x Petzl AM’D Screw-Lock Biner
  • 2x Dan House Rope Sleeve 3/4″ x 30″
  • 2x Target Line 200’ hank
  • 2x Weaver Standard Throw Weight (14 oz)
  • Weaver Standard Throw Weight (8 oz)
  • Weaver Standard Throw Weight (10 oz)
  • New Tribe Climbing Bucket
  • TreeStuff Classic Saddle Bag
  • Buckingham Mini Line Mug
  • 24” Ner England “O” Tachyon Split-tail
  • 150’ New England “G” Tachyon – 1 eye-splice
  • Teufelberger CE Lanyard (7m CE Lanyard)
  • Atlas Fit Work Glove (Size Medium)
  • Safety Glasses

This kit is not included in the tuition price.

  • All tree equipment is included for use throughout the course.
  • Shaw Nature Reserve