Tree Climbing Classes

Why: 

Trees offer valuable opportunities for recreation, meditation, fitness & more.

- Our mission is to help our community learn to safely climb & appreciate these beautiful structures. 

- For these reasons, we believe tree climbing should be as ubiquitous as riding a bike.

What you will learn:

- How to safely climb trees of all shapes & sizes

- Modern climbing techniques that will apply to all aspects of outdoor adventure 

- That trees provide fun & valuable recreation activities

- Opportunities to turn your new skill into a side business or help around the house (rescuing drones & cats, hanging tree swings & birdhouses, safely accessing roofs, etc.) 

Class Structure: 

- All classes are taught by David Ricks & have a student teacher ratio of 4:1

- You'll be safely in a tree hanging from a life-support harness within the first 30min of the first class! 

- We start low to the ground & progress to greater heights once each participant feels comfortable doing so

- If you do not feel comfortable leaving the ground, we understand(!) & you will still learn valuable skills

- If you want to climb to the top of the tallest tree at our training facility, we will help you! 

 

When: 6 class offerings in Jan 2023

1. Weekday Climb Class A (level 1 & 2):  $160 for a total of 8 hours of training spread across 4 classes. 4 Spots available for each class.

Class Dates & Times: 

- Tuesday 1/3 from 4pm to 6pm (class 1 of 4)
- Thursday 1/5 from 4pm to 6pm (class 2 of 4) 
- Tuesday 1/10 from 4pm to 6pm (class 3 of 4) 
- Thursday 1/12 from 4pm to 6pm (class 4 of 4) 

- This 8 hour class covers level 1 (basic) & level 2 (intermediate) climbing skills 

2. Weekday Climb Class B (level 1 & 2):  $160 for a total of 8 hours of training spread across 4 classes. 4 Spots available for each class.

Class Dates & Times: 

- Tuesday 1/17 from 4pm to 6pm (class 1 of 4)

- Thursday 1/19 from 4pm to 6pm (class 2 of 4) 

- Tuesday 1/24 from 4pm to 6pm (class 3 of 4) 

- Thursday 1/26 from 4pm to 6pm (class 4 of 4)

- This 8 hour class covers level 1 (basic) & level 2 (intermediate) climbing skills  

 

3. Saturday Climb Class A1 (level 1): $120 for a total of 6 hours of training during 1 class. 4 Spots available for each class.

Class Date & Time: Saturday 1/14 (9am - 3pm)

- This level 1 class covers basic climbing skills 

4. Sunday Climb Class A2 (level 2): $120 for a total of 6 hours of training during 1 class. 4 Spots available for each class.
Class Date & Time: Sunday 1/15 (9am - 3pm)

- This level 2 class builds on the basic skills learned in the level 1 class 

5. Saturday Climb Class B1 (level 1): $120 for a total of 6 hours of training during 1 class. 4 Spots available for each class.

Class Date & Time: Saturday 1/21 (9am - 3pm) 

- This level 1 class covers basic climbing skills 

 

6. Sunday Climb Class B2 (level 2): $120 for a total of 6 hours of training during 1 class. 4 Spots available for each class. 

Class Date & Time: Sunday 1/22 (9am - 3pm)

- This level 2 class builds on the basic skills learned in the level 1 class

 

How To Sign Up: 

 

Step 1:  Identify The Class You'd Like To Attend

Step 2: Email David@TheTreeist.com with Class Name & quantity of People Attending

Step 3: David will email you back confirming class availability & payment instructions*

*Scholarships available for all classes. Click Here to learn more.

Questions? Email David at David@TheTreeist.com 

Where: The Treeist Training Facility

- 607 N Carolina Hwy 54 West Chapel Hill, NC 27516

This class is held OUTSIDE

What to Bring & Wear:

- Water & Snacks 

- Closed toe shoes (ideally a hiking-type shoe that covers your ankle) 

- Clothing that can move with you (fitness, yoga, hiking, workout, etc.)

Age & Ability Range:

- Classes designed for ages 15 and up 

- Folks younger than 15 can attend the class with an adult that will help the child follow along in the class

- If an adult does not plan on climbing with their child, there is no charge for the adult to attend 

- If an adult plans on climbing alongside their child, both the adult & the child should pay the class fee

- Tree climbing tends to work different muscles than other activities (good thing!)

- You'll likely have success in the class if you're able to get up from a seated position on the floor with 1 hand or less & can walk up a small flight of stairs with little to moderate fatigue 

Risk: 
- Recreational tree climbing has an exceptional safety record, especially when new climbers are taught by a Tree Risk Assessment Qualified Arborist & Experienced Climber (Instructor David Ricks fulfills both of these requirements). 
- Tree climbing related injuries are almost entirely associated with A.) the improper use of cutting tools while in the tree & B.) a lack of personal protective equipment 
- We will not be using cutting tools 

- We will be providing & using proper personal protective equipment

Waiver: 

- All participants will be required to sign a physical copy of our Waiver prior to participating in Classes or Events.

- Minors will require a guardian's signature 

All Classes are held at The Treeist Training Facility: 

607 N Carolina Hwy 54 West

1/10 of a mile past the intersection of Hatch Rd and Hwy 54 in Chapel Hill.

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Questions? Email David@TheTreeist.com for more information.