Go Climb a Tree
This arrival of cooler temperatures has visions of fall road trips dancing through my head – winding through mountain tunnels into red and yellow speckled valleys in Pennsylvania with my Mom, or curving around the steep roads of the Blue Ridge Parkway with a bunch of friends to meet the rising autumn sun at the top of Clingman’s Dome. But why choose a view over or under the trees — when you can go up?
October 14 -18 marks the 9th Annual Tree Climbing Rendezvous at Beechridge Conference Center in northern Kentucky. Last year’s Rendezvous brought together some sixty climbers from as far away as Canada, Europe, Japan, and Taiwan. Beginning tree climbers can show up two days earlier, October 12-14, for a basic tree climbing course – which is all the experience necessary to participate in the next four days of activities.
Hosted by EarthJoy and the Global Organization of Tree Climbers (GOTC), the Rendezvous is an opportunity for tree climbers of all levels to climb together, share some stories, hold workshops and compare notes on technique and equipment. Workshops include treetop yoga and dance classes, a quiet climb with bird biologist Kate Heyden, and lessons on rope splicing and tree climbing history. At the end of the day most climbers stick around for cookouts and music by the campfire. Climbers can either coordinate meals and lodging on their own, or they can purchase a few package deals from nearby hotels or stay at the conference center lodge, a 19th century stone farmhouse (details are in the PDF found in the lodge link). Or if it turns out you really enjoy being up in the air, then you could just stay there. Some climbers camp and sleep up in the trees using four-point hammocks called “tree boats (Read more...)