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Tree Climbing USA is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of enthusiasts, from someone just being introduced to someone becoming a practicing facilitator. Our home roots can be found south of Atlanta off Antioch Road at Lake Horton in Fayette County, Georgia. However, we climb throughout the metro Atlanta area and at numerous sites in nine states east of the Mississippi. As the message of tree climbing broadens and our grove and groves expand, so will our areas to climb.
At present, our grove has three major components. They are experiential, recreational, and expeditional in scope. The experiential component supports programming much the same way as high rope courses, climbing walls, and towers do and utilizes much of the same terminology, philosophy, and processing methods. Experientially, tree climbing can and does dovetail nicely into existing programming but has the strength to stand-alone. A quality of tree climbing and experiential programming is that the facilitator can climb with the client and/or student, greatly enhancing the learning process for both and without lag time. Also, numerous climbers can climb together increasing the amount of experiential time and decreasing down time where students/clients are not climbing. The recreational component is designed to bring tree climbing to those who do recreational programming for youth organizations, recreation associations, churches, private adventure programmers, guides, and the like. Here the overriding principle is SAFETY and the guiding theme is to have FUN. The idea is to have SAFE FUN through exercising, testing one's ability without the need to be better than, increasing one's awareness of our natural surroundings, participating with rather than competing against, and viewing life from a different perspective. The expeditional component brings to the tree climbing community the opportunities to climb in the temperate forest of North America and the Rain Forest of Central America. Both are offered for the experienced climber in search of adventure, and both add new dimensions and definitions to wilderness climbing.
Safety and Climbing Procedures
Shuffled into your reading and growing awareness about Tree Climbing USA you have stumbled upon our hallmark, Safety. Nothing of note is worth mentioning which holds a more important spot than safety. Without it, where are you at any stage of your training, climbing, or programming? If you are one who cannot or does not wish to grasp this basic concept, them please go elsewhere for your adventure. I cannot say enough about our position on safety. Since our beginnings, we have maintained a zero tolerance for foolish climbing practices and as a result have established a zero accident rate.
Along with our personal climbing rules which cover an overall approach, we also employ ascending, descending, and canopy rules, procedures, and etiquette. Also implicit and explicit in our practice of safety and good common sense is the Full Value Contract, Challenge by Choice, Climb on Safely, and Some Words of Importance.
So if your attitude or personality and purpose of learning tree climbing is for ego, being macho, sticking your head out of the tree top, being competitive, being better than, taking unnecessary risks, following the rules only to the point you can break them later, look elsewhere for training and support, as you are barking up the wrong tree with us! For the others of you, welcome aboard and join us in the trees.
For those of you interested, our insurance is with Worldwide Outfitters and Guides.
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