HOW SAFE IS TREE CLIMBING?
All climbing is done secured with ropes and harnesses with 100% tie off at all times. The climbing system primarily used is called the double rope technique (DRT). This method is very reliable and safe and is one of systems used by professional arborists worldwide. With proper training and instruction it is a very easy system to learn, even for children as young as 5.The rope system consists of a self-belaying friction knot called a Blake’s hitch. It allows the climber to move up and down the rope while remaining tied in the entire time. This knot also locks up automatically, allowing you time to rest, explore a branch, or take in your surroundings.
BUT IS IT SAFE FOR THE TREES?
Each tree is given a thorough inspection by a qualified instructor before anyone is allowed to climb it. At no time are spikes or metal steps used to climb trees in a recreational manner. It is both illegal and immoral to spike or "hook" a live tree unless done so by a prof. arborist for the sole purpose of takedown and removal. We also adhere to strict standards to protect the health and well being of the trees and use a "leave no trace" policy.