Private Tree Climbs & Classes

If you or someone you know wants to experience climbing trees safely we're here to make that happen! There are many options depending on your experience with tree climbing and what type of instruction you are looking for.

Our regular public group climbs at local parks are perfect for new climbers from 6 - 96 years old.  You can give climbing a try after a few pointers from an experienced facilitator. You'll be 30 or 40 feet high before you know it!  All the gear is provided -- just bring a camera and a friend.

Private tree climbing experiences are also available in one of our favorite trees.  An hour long private climb experience is $130 whether there is 1 climber or up to 6.  Private climbs make for an unforgettable birthday present for a child or an adult!  If you have between 7 and 12 climbers or you would just like more time in the tree to practice climbing different routes then maybe a 2-hour private climb is right for you.  A 2-hour private climb is only $200.  Call 919.928.4230 or email for additional options tailored to your needs.

We will be doing private climbs in "Willie" at Blackwood Farm Park on the following Saturday afternoons in 2019:
  • March 9th, July 13th, September 7th, and November 16th
We will be leading private climbs in "Karo" at River Park on the following Saturday afternoons in 2019.
  • April 20th, May 25th, August 10th, October 5th
Half day or full day private instruction is perfect for those who already have some climbing experience and want to learn new skills under the tutelage and supervision of an expert climber.  You may bring your own gear (subject to safety check) or use our gear.  The general skill progression for recreational/research tree climbing is outlined below.
  1. Tree selection and identifying potential hazards
  2. Basic tree climbing gear - detailed overview and considerations
  3. Getting your climbing line into the tree
  4. Safety in the tree
  5. Traditional Doubled Rope Technique (DRT) climbing. Knots, ascending, and descending
  6. Advanced tree climbing gear - detailed overview and considerations
  7. Multi-pitch climbing and lanyard positioning
  8. Split tails and closed tail DRT climbing
  9. Single Rope Technique (SRT) climbing. Tie offs, RADS (Rapid Ascent and Descent System - aka Yo-yo), Rope Wrench System, others
  10. Limb walking, redirects, tree-to-tree traversing, and peripheral canopy access
A 3 hour private instruction session is usually ideal since it will give you sufficient time to practice the skills that we will teach and demonstrate, but it's not so long that you get exhausted. Skills 1-5 above can usually be taught and practiced in the first 3 hours and then it is reasonable to get through another 2-3 of the advanced skills in each subsequent 3 hour session. We will work with you to develop a tailored instruction plan according to your experience level and what you want to learn.  Private climbing instruction can take place in one of our trees, or on your own land, if safe and appropriate options exist.  A 3-hour private lesson for one person is $180.  You can invite 1 or 2 friends for an additional cost of $90 per person.  Please call 919-928-2430 for pricing options.


If you are committed to tree climbing to the point that you want to buy your own gear, a couple of tree gear companies have created recreational tree climbing gear kits with the entry level climber in mind.  These kits have all the gear you will need to get started including harness, rope, helmet, cambium savers, carabiners, throw lines and weights, etc.

Here are 2 excellent, all-inclusive choices that cost about $650 each:

If you become a member of Tree Climbers International, which I highly recommend, you will get coupons for 10-12% off at, and  If you apply these coupons to a climbing kit, your $25 lifetime membership will pay off immediately!