From organized tree climbing to floating in dark tank, driving in a bus that looks like a miner’s shack or getting kitted out with original Western gear – Denver has enough secret spots to keep the family busy and give them bragging rights on social media.
So you’ve seen those amazing shots of the Nat Geo photographers perched in the tree canopy to get the once in a lifetime shot of arboreal creatures – well now you can indulge in those fantasies safely under the instruction of master tree climber, Harv Tietebaum, who is Vice-President of the Global Organization of Tree Climbers, and who also happens to have a Master’s degree in Environmental Leadership and Eco-psychology. You will be given guidance in the basic tree-climbing course (BTCC) – a pre-requisite for the more advanced courses – covering two days and involving 16 to 18 hours of instruction and practice. The course includes rope setting and placement, knotcraft, doubled rope climbing techniques, tree selection, tree climbing ethics, and much more. All training equipment is provided; the minimum age is 13 for the BTCC and youngsters aged between 13 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. They also do private tree climbs for birthdays and team building as well as open climbs for people from 7 years upwards that last around 2½ hours.
Why tree-climbing? Besides the views, the experience of being up in the canopy gives a great sense of peace and being connected with nature.
Where: TCC Evergreen Grove and various other venues as organized.
When: Wed, Thurs and Fri only from 11 am to 5 pm, or by appointment.
Cost: BTCC 2-day course $475. Birthday and team build climbs minimum $280 for up to 8 people, with a $35 charge per extra person. Open climb costs vary depending on venue – call for details or check their calendar.