What is Recreational Tree Climbing?
As a child, your sense of adventure may have lead you into the woods and up trees in search of adventure, discovery, and often times to escape to a quiet place.
You may have climbed using the branches like rungs of a ladder to help you get high into the tree. Climbing like that limits us to smaller trees with enough branches for handholds. This also exposes climbers to a greater risk of falling.
The tree climbing experience we offer is quite different from that!
We use rope and harness to help us ascend into trees, suspend us at height, and allow a controlled descent. This style of climbing allows you to climb into tall, mature trees to explore, take in the view, connect with the tree, and gain insight into your true self.
Why climb trees?
Climbers & parents tell you all about it:
Climbing with Treetop Explorer at a Hartford Rec Climb (4:56) - TnF Videos
Benefits of Tree Climbing
Extends attention span
Develops creative thinking
Increases positive emotions
Engaging outdoor activity
Family friendly activity
Decreases negative emotions
Connection to the natural world
"Our comparison of tree-assisted therapy found greater reductions in participant tension, anxiety, depression, and anger and a greater increase in participant vitality."
- Dr. John Gathright
Comparison of the Physiological and Psychological Benefits of Tree and Tower Climbing (pdf)
Therapeutic and Societal Benefits from Technical Recreational Tree Climbing Programs
John Gathright - Urban Forestry & Urban Greening (pdf)
Benefits and risks of tree climbing on child development and resiliency
Carla Gull, Suzanne Levenson Goldstein, Tricia Rosengarten - International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education (pdf)
Facilitated Climbing Experience
(Open, Open-Advanced, Adult, Girl Scout Open, Rec, Group climbs)
Trained Climber Experience
- Learn-to-Climb classes -
(Open-Advanced Climbs offer a taste of this!)
*Video used by permission of Tree Climbing Colorado, Harv Teitelbaum is a founding member and past president of the Global Organization of Tree Climbers.