First Steps for Starting an Adventure Tree Climbing Program:
- Look for a Climbing Tree
Open grown climbing tree
Take a look around your site for possible climbing trees. Don't forget the
possibility of a nearby park, camp, school or other partner site for running
your tree climbing program.
What to look for: The best climbing trees are "open grown", meaning that
they didn't have other trees nearby as they grew, hence they have full
canopies with many branches. Trees with lowermost branches that are near the ground and
with many branches that extend well away from the trunk make the best climbing trees.
Forest grown climbing tree
But you don't need a perfect, open grown tree in order to have a great
climbing tree. Take a look at the forest grown tree on the left (one of the
3 Sisters), which has high first branches without much spread from the
main trunk, but this is a very successful climbing tree.
Look for a tree that is large enough for fun climbs into the canopy and has
a variety of branches for climbing rope stations. A rule of thumb is that branches need
to be at least 3 inches in diameter to hold a climbing rope.
Selecting your program tree:
Once you have some candidates then we at
can help you narrow it down to your
best choices. If we can arrange a visit then we'll walk around with you and help
select the best tree or trees, or we can do that on the first day that
we start implementing your program. You can jump-start the process by taking
photos (include a person or object in the picture for a sense of
scale) and then send them to us.
your options with you and get ready for the process of preparing your tree for the climbing program.
- Decide who will be your lead facilitator
The lead facilitator oversees the tree climbing program and should be a responsible,
competent person who is physically fit for climbing trees and running events.
The lead facilitator will need to be on-site, geared-up and rescue-ready whenever there
are participants climbing in the tree.
He or she must be at least 21 years of age.
Many programs operate with a single lead facilitator, but it may be helpful to
have more than one lead for your program. You'll have more options for scheduling
events and back-up help in case one of your lead facilitators needs
to be absent for some reason.
- Contact us at Adventure Tree for consultation and scheduling
We can advise on how many climbing rope stations you may need and
the size of your program, how you can obtain insurance for your
tree climbing program, how safe is tree climbing and what safety protocols we
use, etc. We can provide information
for presentations to board members and decision makers, photos and other
materials for fund raising, references to other clients with whom we've worked,
whatever you may need to get your tree climbing program off the ground.
When you're ready, we can discuss when we're available and then schedule a visit
to your location to prepare your climbing tree and train your facilitators.
Approximately a week's dedicated effort and your tree climbing program will be
up and running and you'll have excited, happy climbers wanting to come back
Contact Us for help with any of these steps
or to discuss getting your Adventure Tree Climbing program started. We're very much
looking forward to hearing from you.