Climbing Workshops & Experiences
Have you ever wanted to climb high in a tall tree? New workshops offered by the University of Findlay’s Rieck Center for Habitat Studies will teach you the skills and techniques needed to get into and move about a tree using a system of ropes and harnesses. We offer beginner and advanced workshops to help you become a confident climber capable of venturing out on your own.
Who can climb?
Climbing workshops are open to University of Findlay students only. Workshops for the general public may be added soon. Each workshop is limited to 3 participants.
What is recreational tree climbing?
Recreational tree climbing is a growing sport and is a perfect antidote for those looking for climbing opportunities in Northwest Ohio.
Where are climbing workshops held?
Climbing workshops take place on the main campus of the University of Findlay and at the Rieck Center for Habitat Studies. The specific location for your workshop will be arranged when you make your reservation. Some sites may require a short hike to get to the tree.
When can I climb?
Workshops are scheduled on demand. When you register for a workshop, you can choose a date and time between 6 am and 9 pm. All workshops are 3-6 hours long and can be divided into multiple sessions.
Why should I learn how to climb tree ?
Does climbing harm the tree?
No. We use non-destructive techniques. We may prune branches to make climbing easier, but our goal is to maintain healthy trees in vibrant forests.
How much do tree climbing workshops cost?
For UF students, Beginner Workshop I and II cost $90 each, and the Advanced Workshop is $180. You can schedule workshops for 1 to 3 people, and the cost can be spread among participants (e.g. $30 each for 3 people).
What should I wear to climb trees?
Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Boots with a good grip on the bottom are best.
Do I need to bring my own equipment for tree climbing?
No. All equipment is provided for the workshop. This includes a helmet, harness, and gloves.
Who can I contact for more information about tree climbing?
You may call or email Ben Dolan, Associate Professor of Biology, at 419-434-5530 or [email protected]