Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn't mean you can't make the most of your remaining weeks with a summer camp. Summer camps are for kids, you say? If that’s what you think, you’ve never heard of Tree Climbing Planet.
Meet Tim Kovar, Master Tree Climbing Instructor.
He founded the school in Oregon City, Oregon (just south of Portland) in 2010. However, he has been teaching tree climbing to adults from all walks of life for 20 years.
Kovar chose to build his climbing campus on 150 acres of forested farmland. Filled with mature oak trees, as well as Big Leaf Maples, giant Douglas Firs and impressive Red Cedars, the land is the classroom.
While all the trees are used for teaching, Pagoda, a 75-foot Oregon White Oak, is the primary training tree. She has many stable lateral branches, which make her the perfect tree for beginners.
Students learn a variety of skills depending on their specific course choice, which can range from a simple one-day intro to a week.
All basic instruction covers the subjects of knot tying (pictured above), equipment, rope placement, tree inspection and actual climbing techniques.
Kovar's instruction philosophy heavily emphasizes hands-on training.
He knows what works, too. During his time at Tree Climbers International in 1993, he was greatly involved in developing the standardized curriculum that is being taught around the world.
Once you have the basics under your belt, the instructors at Tree Climbing Planet can easily teach you more advanced techniques.
The "Beyond the Basics" course even shows students how to construct a treetop village with specialized hammocks called Treeboats. This technique is certainly not for the faint of heart.
For instruction that can't take place while hanging out on ropes in the canopy, Tree Climbing Planet has a very fitting classroom.
Named the Owl Castle, the unique space is nestled high in the trees and only accessible by climbing. Luckily, the climb is up a ladder, not a tree trunk. Once you complete your ascent to reach the treehouse, you still have to contend with a (hopefully) sturdy suspension bridge.
The construction of the Owl Castle in 2013 was actually filmed for a TV series, "Treehouse Builders."
Tree Climbing Planet also uses the treetop building as an office, which likely makes for a very interesting commute.
Via: Atlas Obscura