About Treetop Explorer
Recreational Tree Climbing is a unique and exciting way to challenge yourself and connect with trees. Climbing trees has tremendous physical, emotional, and developmental benefits for the human body and mind.
Our Recreational Tree Climbing events enable you to enjoy exploring the world above the ground in a fun, encouraging, and accepting atmosphere. We offer numerous public rec climbs and available for private birthday parties, scout troop outings, and staff retreats.
Our Learn-to-Climb classes introduce you to the world of technical tree climbing; including the equipment, techniques, and methods that will allow you to enjoy countless hours of tree-time on your own.
Treetop Explorer strives to raise awareness of this unique and rewarding outdoor experience across Wisconsin. Climb with us and discover the impact tree-time will have on you.
Meet Our Tree Climbing Adventure Guides
I climbed into my first tree as a professional in 1995, and have taken friends and family up to enjoy the unique experience over the years. However, I did not actually "discover" recreational tree climbing until relatively recently.
Formally trained as an arborist, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to study, climb, diagnose, treat, prune, plant, teach, and talk about trees for over 25 years.
As rewarding and exciting as climbing as a working arborist was, it was through climbing simply for enjoyment where I found a deeper connection to trees. Climbing trees provides peace and rejuvenation unlike any of my other outdoor hobbies. Treetop Explorer LLC allows me to expose others to these therapeutic benefits through our recreational and educational tree climbing adventures.
When I’m not in the trees, Jen and I are enjoying our time together. You may find us planning our next excursion, relaxing in the garden, or working on our goal of completing a half marathon in every state.
I have climbed trees around the country and have enjoyed countless hours of tree time. Alone or with others, each climb brings a greater appreciation for nature and deeper understanding of myself. The simple joy of climbing a tree today, takes me back to where my love of trees began.
Hope you will join me in the trees soon!
- Recognized RTC Senior Instructor - Global Organization of Tree Climbers
- Recognized Lead Facilitator - Global Organization of Tree Climbers
- TCIA Approved Instructor - Tree Care Academy
Academy Certifications: Tree Climber Specialist, SRT Climber, Aerial Rescue, Tree Care Specialist, Plant Health Care Technician
- Consulting Arborist & Trainer - Tree Health Specialists (owner, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist #MW-0433B, Certified Treecare Safety Professional #2345)
- graduate: Davey Institute of Tree Sciences (Highest academic achiever, Class of 1997)
- Global Organization of Tree Climbers - Board member, vice president
Jennifer Andrews - tree climbing lead facilitator
My first ascent into the trees was in a beautiful white oak in Indiana almost 15 years ago. Sitting on top of a ridge, the view from high in the canopy stretched out for miles across rolling wooded hills.
Little did I know the course our lives would take to bring us to today. With the desire to create a better work-life balance, Curt and I are fortunate enough to be able to actively pursue our dreams, one of which being to impact people's lives in an enjoyable and rewarding way.
While pursuing our respective careers, we worked hard at my previous business in order to provide a comfortable and engaging atmosphere in our Irish pub. The enjoyment and pleasure of providing a quality customer experience is addictive, which is part of the reason we found ourselves drawn to creating a new business focussed on the customer's experience.
After achieving many milestones and selling that business over 5 years ago, we found ourselves at a point in life where we were once again ready to take a turn and head down the unpaved path. Climbing trees can be energizing and therapeutic, very much welcomed at the end of a hectic work week. It also fits right in with my other hobbies: yoga, hiking, reading, walking, camping, traveling, and finding new ways to relax outdoors.
As I continue the pursuit of my personal career, it is a pleasure to be able to host climbers at as many of our climbing events that my schedule allows.
- Recognized RTC Lead Facilitator - Global Organization of Tree Climbers
Emma Koeppel - tree climbing facilitator
Climbing high into a tree for the first time left me feeling invigorated and calm. I knew after my first climb that I was hooked.
I believe that being in a tree can bring a renewed sense of trust in yourself and the environment around you. It can also quench your thirst for adventure and challenge!
In my spare time I enjoy camping, hiking, biking, yoga, music and paddling. I teach piano lessons and also play piano in the band The Watchbirds.
I look forward to helping people experience the joys, challenges, and benefits of climbing into the treetops!
Tyler Davis - tree climbing facilitator
While I am relatively new to the adventures of tree climbing, all it took was one day of climbing and I was hooked!
I've been rock climbing indoors and outdoors for over 4 years. It is the challenge of moving my body upwards and the thrill of finding myself in precarious places - far above the ground - that captivates me.
As unnatural as it feels to be high above the ground, eventually those initial feelings of fear have turned into comfort and focus. I've discovered this holds true for tree climbing as well.
I love it because, just like rock climbing, it's a unique way to move the body and experience things we see everyday, from a new perspective. I've also developed a new sense of respect for both trees and the outdoors in general.
As I continue learning and developing my own skills with advanced climbing techniques, I look forward to introducing others to the recreational tree climbing experience!
William Harlow - tree climbing facilitator
My tree climbing days go back to my childhood, when I spent many days climbing the large, colorful Sugar Maple in our backyard. It's no wonder that tree climbing continues to be a passion and hobby of mine to this day.
After earning my degree in horticulture, I started my career in the green industry. I work with trees and shrubs on a daily basis as a Plant Health Caretaker and Certified Arborist.
There are many reasons why I enjoy climbing. I find it to be good exercise and a good workout. It is quite rewarding to push myself to climb higher and work on improving my climbing technique.
Most important to me though, climbing trees is my time to relax and decompress from everyday life and be present with myself. I look forward to sharing the peace and and fulfillment I enjoy as a tree climber with you. Climb safe and have a "treemendous" day!
- Certified Arborist - International Society of Arboriculture (I.S.A.)
- Certified Treecare Safety Professional -Tree Care Industry Association (T.C.I.A.)
- A.A.S. Horticulture/Design - MATC School of Technology & Applied Sciences
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Are you interested in blending an exciting hobby with the reward of taking others into the trees?
"People in the trees" - original art work by Dave B.
- Donated to Waukesha Community Arts Project