Classes

 

Recreational Tree Climbing - 12 Hours

  ►Private Instruction for Anyone 

One participant $325
Two, Three, or Four Participants $175/person
More than Four Participants Call 607-254-2798

Recreational Tree Climbing is a comprehensive course for individuals or small groups wishing to learn how to climb trees safely. Taught by our senior tree staff, this class covers all the basic skills of tree hazard assessment, line placement, ascending, descending and moving around in the canopy. All equipment is included. No experience is necessary. Organize the hours however you'd like - three days or four hours, or two days of six.  Classes are offered at anytime by arrangement.  Check the calendar of events for available dates.  You can download our waiver here.

 

Recreational Tree Climbing - 16 hours

  ►Private Instruction for Anyone

One participant $395
Two, Three, or Four Participants $225/person
More than Four Participants Call 607-254-2798

The 16 hour version of the Recreational Tree Climbing class covers the same skills as the 12 hour lesson with more time to practice and develop the various skills.  An excellent option for those with a professional interest in tree climbing, or just a need to spend a little more time learning "the ropes." Taught by our senior tree staff, this class also covers all the basic skills of tree hazard assessment, line placement, ascending, descending and moving around in the canopy. All equipment is included. No experience is necessary. Spread the 16 hours over however many sessions you'd like.  Some people prefer three days, some are up for two long days of 8 hours each.  Classes are offered at anytime by arrangement.  Check the calendar of events for available dates. You can download our waiver here.

 

Canopy Researcher Training - 16

►Scientists and Professionals

One participant $395
Two, three, or four participants $225/person
More than four participants Call 607-254-2798

This course is aimed at researchers who need to access and move around in canopies. This course covers SRT and DRT techniques with special emphasis on low impact canopy movement and gear organization. Several of our senior staff have extensive experience climbing in the tropical rain forest and will be able to assist you not only with climbing, but also safety issues specific to tropical climbing environments.  All equipment is included. No experience is necessary. Spread the 16 hours over however many sessions you'd like.  Some people prefer three or four days, some are up for two long days of 8 hours each.  Classes are offered at anytime by arrangement.  Check the calendar of events for available dates.  You can download our waiver here.

 

Educator's Recreational Tree Climbing - 16

►People wanting to learn to Teach Tree Climbing

One participant $395
Two, three, or four participants $225/person
More than four participants Call 607-254-2798

This course employs basic climbing systems to explore teaching progressions and procedures for managing groups in the treetops. In addition to the standard recreational tree climbing curriculum, this course covers rigging for rescue and supervision of participants in a treetop overnight. Experience with basic climbing and lowering skills is suggested. All gear is included.  Check the calendar of events for available dates.  You can download our waiver here.

 

Youth Recreational Tree Climbing

►Youth Groups, Birthday Parties

$45 / per Participant

Youth Recreational Tree Climbing is designed to help kids ages 8 to 18 learn how to climb trees safely. Participants will learn the basics of getting ropes into trees, ascending a fixed line up, and rappelling back down to the ground. All gear is provided, and no experience is necessary- a great beginning lesson for a scout group, youth club, or birthday party expedition. Minimum of three hours. Minimum groups size is four participants.  (For kids under age 8 we recommend Private Instruction. See the listing above.)  Check the calendar of events for available dates.  You can download our waiver here.

 

 

 

 

 

Custom Courses

If you are interested in designing a custom course, below is a sample list of lessons that we could incorporate in a course.

  • Tree hazard identification
  • Line insertion
  • Hauling
  • Single rope techniques
  • Double rope techniques
  • Alternative climbing styles (direct aid, unicender, etc.)
  • Rappelling
  • Tree to tree traverse
  • Managing students in trees
  • High Angle Rescue

 

PE Credit Tree Climbing

►Cornell Students and Community

Students $325
Staff / Faculty $360
Community and the Public $405

Our PE credit courses are offered three times per semester in Ithaca, New York, and once a year in Costa Rica. Taught in a group setting, these courses cover the basics of tree hazard assessment, line placement, ascending, descending and moving around in the canopy. We visit several locations around the areas, sampling a few different environments and tree species. A much anticipated highlight of our local and international courses is the tree overnight. We have the option of camping out on our tree platforms or sleeping suspended in hammocks between branches of the same tree! All equipment is included in the course fee. For more information see our PE courses page.

Redwoods Tree Climbing

Join Cornell Tree Climbing Institute staff for the experience of a lifetime - climbing some of the largest trees on the planet! In late May we will travel to the western slope of the High Sierra mountains of California. We'll spend a week assisting the UC Berkeley Department of Forest Ecology with Giant Sequoia restoration and ecology research.

You will learn the basics of roped tree climbing, including ascending, moving around in the canopy, and rappelling. Weather permitting, students can look forward to a hammock overnight in the top of the canopy.  We will stay in a rustic mountain house with electricty, running water, and hot showers. All gear, instruction, food and lodging, and on-ground transportation is included in the course fee.

For more information check out the details on the web or contact Mark Holton at mh45@cornell.edu or 607-254-2798.