While there many possible tree climbing techniques, we have settled on a subset which satisfy the following criteria for a class of 8 to 12 students and four instructors:

  • Students supervised at a 1 to 3 ratio or greater
  • As much of the gear as is practical should be sharable with collegiate rock climbing programs
  • Rigging should be lowerable as often as is practical
  • Rescue should be simple and operable without the participation of the climber
  • Systems should be minimum impact

The following videos illustrate our basic approach.  

Videos From Our Expeditions



CTC in Madagascar

Jan 06, 2017

Cornell students travel to Madagascar to climb the iconic Baobab trees more

CTC collaborator Charlie Engelman launches a nature video series on National Geographic Kids. more

Orangutan Project

May 05, 2015

Cornell Tree Climbing Trains Orangutan Reasearchers more