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PE 1659: Redwoods Tree Climbing

Redwoods Sequoia tree

Redwoods Expedition

Join Cornell Tree Climbing Institute staff for the experience of a lifetime - climbing some of the largest trees on the planet! Each spring we will travel to the western slope of the High Sierra mountains of California. We'll spend a week assisting the UC Berkeley Department of Forest Ecology with Giant Sequoia restoration and ecology research. Students will learn the basics of roped tree climbing, including ascending, moving around in the canopy, and rappelling. Students will also have the opportunity, weather permitting, to sleep overnight in the top of the trees.  We will stay in a rustic mountain house with limited facilities. All gear, instruction, food and lodging, and on-ground transportation is included in the course fee. After receiving CONFIRMATION that the course will run, students should book flights to arrive at the Fresno, California airport on the morning/afternoon of June 1st and depart the same on the afternoon/evening of June 9th. For more information contact Mark Holton. Community participants can enroll by calling 607-255-6183. 


Course Fee

Students: $1450
Community: $2100
CU Faculty/Staff: $1600

Fee Notes

Fill out the Fee Waiver Application to apply for a free or reduced PE course.


First class is mandatory.


No previous experience.

Drop Deadline



Enroll through Student Center or by contacting COE at 607-255-6183 or


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Section 1 Schedule




Monday 4/16/24 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday 4/23/24 5:00pm to 9:00pm
*Trip takes place from June 1st to June 9th.