Next time you’re driving down the road, if you happen to notice a bunch of adults hanging out in trees, don’t be alarmed — it’s just the newest trend in adventure sports. Yep, you heard right. It appears that a growing number of people are harking back to the days of their childhood by gleefully climbing high into the treetops. Though no official statistics are available, Tree Climbers International has experienced a major surge in demand for recreational tree-climbing excursions since tours were first offered in 1983, and the number of operators has grown, too, with tree-climbing tours now being offered around the world.
EXPEDITIONS TREE CLIMBERS INTERNATIONAL
Offers three-hour climbs for beginners in Blackburn Park in Atlanta
PACIFIC TREE CLIMBING INSTITUTE
$200 to $600
Coordinates morning and overnight climbs in Willamette National Forest outside of Eugene, Ore. Prices include organic meals and snacks.
BLUE RIDGE TREE CLIMBING
$75 to $95
Learn the basics of tree climbing during a half-day excursion near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Outfitters provide the most important gear — ropes, harnesses and helmets — but these extras can help make the climb more comfortable.
CamelBak Alpine Explorer
Five Ten Camp Four Hiking Shoes
Prana Sabin Racer Top