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This class is FREE! for folks in our community.

Email to confirm availability & enroll in the next available class!



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.) 

Videos for inspiration:

- The Treeist - YouTube channel for Treeist specific information & classes: Click Here

Class Structure: 

- 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! 

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

- 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 

- 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


- 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.

Click Here For Google Maps

Questions? Email for more information.

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