The History Of Tree Climbing


One of the most popular outdoor sports today is recreational tree climbing. It is the modern and safe way for enthusiasts to climb trees in a more responsible manner with the use of safety gears and different tree climbing knots. For some, tree climbing is a real life test of strength, stamina and agility.


History wise, tree climbing has been going since the earliest culture. The purpose of tree climbing for former people was either to gather food, hide or just simply to have a better view of the surroundings. Over the years, tree climbing was also recognized as a sport which started in the mid 70’s. The idea of any competition was to preserve the natural skills and prepare a climber equipped with nothing but rope. All these traditions have changed since then as a generation ot two passed by and when Peter Jenkins, a local arborist in Atlanta, Georgia created the first school for tree climbing in 1983. He got the idea from the people who watched and commented how fun would it be climbing a tree while he was doing his day to day job. He then decided to establish a tree climbing school with the sole purpose of having fun while exploring the canopy safely. Since then, recreational tree climbing has been a fantastic past time for both young and old. As for now, the reasons people take up tree climbing have changed swaying towards fun, excitement and adventure.

In the beginning, the most common method of climbing tree was the free style which meant climbing from one branch to another without even thinking of how angry mother would get at the site of her son wondering home with his knuckles scraping along the floor (not talking from personal experience here you understand!). Climbing a tree before also damaged the trees by digging on its bark side by side that will serve as a ladder to reach the top. But as people said their goodbyes to the play of childhood and embraced the work of adulthood, they started to realize the seriousness of life. The reasons maybe still the same but the methods have become more responsible. Hence, the use of rope in tree climbing is now widely used and accepted.

Recreational tree climbing is done using an arborist rope and easy to learn techniques on how to climb trees safely are applied. It also helps protect trees by using cambium savers and false crotches. Through this, people have the chance to be close to nature and do no harm at the same time. This helps promote respect to tree and environment in exchange with a lot of benefits that one can get in recreational tree climbing.

From being barefooted in climbing a tree, people have learned to climb a tree using safety gears with the help of tree climbing schools. Safety and ease is promoted with different tree climbing knot techniques. These tree climbing knots have several techniques and are used in different purposes.

Tree climbing has really come a long way already. From the purpose of doing it, to the methods and techniques, tree climbing has changed a lot. Now, tree climbing reasons can be just for fun, be close with the nature and enjoy the canopy, exploring the natural environment or just to escape with the issues and problems of our busy world even for just a short period of time.