Frequently Asked Questions
When are courses offered?
Courses are offered anytime, weekday or weekend, all year round, by arrangement. Find a time that works for you, call us up and we'll let you know if it is available. A month of lead time is a good idea, as space fills up fast. Although we offer lessons all year round, the months from November until March are generally very cold. If you are desperate for a course, we'll go out with you, but sane people opt for late spring, summer or early fall. Check the calendar of events for available dates.
How do I sign up?
Call us at 607-254-2798 or email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll arrange days and times. We'll send you a contract and waiver. The contract is due back with payment in full one week before the class. You can give us the signed waiver along when you arrive.
Can you teach me to be an Arborist?
Not really. We teach recreational tree climbing, which shares some gear and climbing concepts with Arborist style climbing. However there are many significant differences. If you are looking to become an Arborist, we can introduce you to the general notions of how one climbs into trees, but not much more. Try contacting the International Society for Arboriculture for a course in your area.
What equipment do I need to bring?
You need only bring clothing appropriate for the weather. Tough outer layers and leather gloves are a good idea. We will provide all the climbing gear.
Where can I stay while taking the course?
There are the normal array of chain hotels in town. The Embassy Inn is the closest to our regular climbing areas. There are also several camping options. Robert H. Treman State Park has nice facilities and is close by.
How many days does the course require?
12-hour courses are usually split up over 2 or three days. 16-hour courses can be split over 2, 3 or 4 days. Educators and Scientists should plan on four full days of instruction.