Tree Climbers International
This organization, based in Atlanta, GA, is a great all-around starting point for anyone interested in recreational tree climbing. Its Web site is a clearhouse of information on the sport, training and events, and instructor referrals.
Contact: (404) 377-3150; www.treeclimbing.com
Dancing With Trees Genevieve
Summers's tree-climbing school is located 80 miles northeast of Atlanta. A basic tree-climbing course is $450 for one person, and $350 each for two or more climbers. She also offers shorter introductory adventures ($20 per person for small groups), tree-top camping ($235 per person for 2-4 climbers), and advanced technical training.
Contact: (706) 778-8847; www.dancingwithtrees.com
The only company dedicated to meeting the equipment needs of recreation tree climbers; it manufactures and sells high-end tree-climbing gear such as saddles, ropes, and tree boats.
Contact: (866) 223-2271
The man credited with popularizing the sport teaches a basic class on the first and third Sunday of each month in Atlanta.
Tree Climbing USA
This outfit offers individual and group classes as well as a character-building youth program in southern Georgia.
Contact: (770) 487-6929; www.treeclimbingusa.com
Pacific Tree Climbing Institute
Drawing on his background as arborist and canopy researcher, Scott Altenhoff offers courses that combine climbing instruction with natural history and biology.
Contact: (541) 684-7880; www.pacifictreeclimbing.com
Tree Climbing Colorado
This TCI affiliate is based in Evergreen, CO, and offers instruction and open climbs in Colorado.
Contact: (303) 526-2904; www.treeclimbingcolorado.com
Arbor Quest Unlimited
This group, based in southern Michigan, specializes in tree-climbing adventures, including instruction for people with disabilities.
Climbing instruction and adventures are offered by this outfit, based in the Springfield, IL, area.
Contact: (217) 787-3151; www.treetopadventures.com
Sherrill Arborist Supply
A gear supplier that caters to professional arborists and recreational climbers.
Contact: (800) 525-8873; www.wtsherrill.com
The Tree Climber's Companion, by Jeff Jepson (Stock Pot Publishing; $20)
Recreational Tree Climbing-A Newcomer's Guide, by Dick Flowers ($7)