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PE 1657: Tree Climbing

Tree climber in the Finger Lakes

Whether you are a rain forest canopy researcher, an arborist, or just a kid at heart, everyone loves to climb trees. Recall the excitement and sense of adventure when you first crawled into the branches to look inside a bird's nest. Then you swung from limb to limb without a thought of ropes and harnesses. But what about that big tree down the street you always wanted to climb, but couldn't reach the first branch? This course will teach you how to use ropes and technical climbing gear to reach the top of any tree, to move around, and even to climb from tree to tree without returning to the ground.

For questions about Tree Climbing courses, please contact Mark Holton.


Course Fee

Students: $345
Community: $375
CU Faculty/Staff: $360

Fee Notes

All tree climbing equipment.

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


First class is mandatory.
You must attend a total of 15 hours of instruction for PE credit.


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




Friday 4/12/24 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Friday 4/19/24 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Friday 4/26/24 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Friday 5/3/24 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Friday* 5/3/24 - 5/4/24 8:00pm to 8:00am
*Optional overnight in the trees, weather permitting
Section 2 Schedule




Saturday 4/13/24 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday 4/20/24 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday 4/27/24 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday 5/4/24 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday 5/4/24-5/5/24 8:00pm to 8:00am
*Optional overnight in the trees, weather permitting
Section 3 Schedule




Sunday 4/14/24 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday 4/21/24 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday 4/28/24 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday 5/5/24 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday 5/5/24-5/6/24 8:00pm to 8:00am
*Optional overnight in the trees, weather permitting