FAQ

Q: When are lessons offered?

Q: How do I sign up?

Q: Can you teach me to be an Arborist?

Q: What equipment do I need to bring?

Q: Where can I stay while taking the lessons?

Q: How many days do the lessons require?

 

Q: When are lessons offered?

A: Lessons are offered anytime, weekday or weekend, all year round, by arrangement.  Find a time that works for you, call us up and we'll let you know if it is available.  A month of lead time is a good idea, as space fills up fast.  Although we offer lessons all year round, the months from November until March are generally very cold.  If you are desperate for a lesson, we'll go out with you, but sane people opt for late spring, summer or early fall.  Check the calendar of events for available dates.  

Q: How do I sign up?

A: Call us at 607-254-2798 or email Mark at mh45@cornell.edu.  We'll arrange days and times.  We'll send you a contract and waiver.  The contract is due back with payment in full one week before the class.  You can give us the signed waiver along when you arrive.

Q: Can you teach me to be an Arborist?

A: Not really.  We teach recreational tree climbing, which shares some gear and climbing concepts with Arborist style climbing.  However there are many significant differences.  If you are looking to become an Arborist, we can introduce you to the general notions of how one climbs into trees, but not much more.  Try contacting the ISA for a course in your area.

Q: What equipment do I need to bring?

A: You need only bring clothing appropriate for the weather.  Tough outer layers and leather gloves are a good idea.  We will provide all the climbing gear.

Q: Where can I stay while taking the lessons?

A:  There are the normal array of chain hotels in town.  The Embassy Inn is the closest to our regular climbing areas.  COE has two rustic yurts that may be available for camping.  There is solar electricy, a deluxe composting toilet, and bottled water, but nothing in the way of furnishings other than a wood floor.

Q: How many days do the lessons require?

A: 12 hour lessons are usually split up over 2 or three days.  16 hour lessons can be split over 2, 3 or 4 days.  Educator and Scientists should plan on four full days of instruction.

 

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