TCI Basic Tree Climbing Course (BTCC)
Length of Program
$500 per person
Must be in good health, with weight appropriate to height.
Maximum Class Size
TCI's two-day Basic Tree Climbing Course (BTCC) is for people who are brand new to tree climbing. You will learn all the skills you need to climb a large tree safely using the moving rope system (MRS, formerly known as doubled-rope technique [DRT]). We present detailed information about selecting a good climbing tree and assessing its condition. You will learn climbing technique and how to set up your climbing system, tying each knot many times to put it into "muscle memory." You'll learn rules for personal safety, as well as guidelines about how to respect and protect the trees you climb. You will also learn about what kind of gear is most appropriate for beginning tree climbers. When you finish this course, you will be ready to go out and climb on your own. Upon graduation, students will receive a TCI BTCC diploma.
$500 per person. We take a $250 deposit by credit card with course registration. The balance ($250) will be due by cash or check on the first morning of class.
We schedule the Basic Tree Climbing Course upon request. Please call to register — we do not register students by email.
Adults and Your Children
Some people want their child(ren) to take the Basic Tree Climbing Course with them. To take the BTCC, children must be over the age of 13. Children younger than this are usually unable to concentrate for the long periods of time required for this course. In addition, children take their parents’ focus and attention away from the course material. We want each student to get the full learning experience without distractions.
Must be in good health with weight appropriate to height.
Only climbers over the age of 13 will be accepted into this course. Teenagers 13 to 16 years old must take the course with a parent or guardian. Teenagers 17 to 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent, who is not required to be taking the course.
Safety is TCI's highest priority: safety for our students and safety for our instructors. Fortunately, protection against Covid, the flu, etc. is pretty easy, since the vaccinations against these infections are so effective. Also, TCI's courses are taught entirely outdoors, adding another layer of protection. So, while we prefer that you are vaccinated, we do not require vaccination for participation in our class(es). As has been our policy in the past, we may require the wearing of masks if/when you are in close proximity to our instructors and the other students in the class.
Whether you are vaccinated or not, if you have been exposed to or tested positive for Covid (or flu, etc.) just prior to taking our class, please call us, and do not come! We will work with you to get you scheduled into a class at a later date.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Class meets at the TCI Clubhouse, 1290 Merry Lane NE, Atlanta, GA 30329, on the first morning. After orientation (and depending on the weather), you will go up to Blackburn Park for both days of training. The carport at the TCI Clubhouse is outfitted for teaching in the event of rain.
TCI will provide all the gear you need for training. If you don't own gear, we suggest that you not purchase it until after you have taken our class, when you'll have a much better idea of what you need. However, if you do own a saddle and helmet, please bring them with you for class. The TCI Basic Climbing Kit for Recreational Climbers is sold by WesSpur and American Arborist Supplies. You will get discount coupons for these and other arborist supply vendors at the end of class.
Most of TCI's students stay at the TCI Clubhouse. When you register, we will talk with you about transportation details and how to get to the Clubhouse from the Atlanta International (Hartsfield-Jackson) Airport.
There are other good places to stay in the immediate area of the TCI Clubhouse. If you want a recommendation, please feel free to ask.
The success of each TCI class depends upon every student's participation. We schedule a maximum of only three students in this course, and we do not overbook. If you don’t show up, your absence has a major impact on us and on other students.
With that in mind, TCI has the following cancellation policy: If your plans change and you need to cancel, you must call us at least three weeks ahead of time. (We prefer to know as soon as you know.) This gives someone on our waiting list enough time to make travel and personal arrangements to take the course. We will refund your deposit minus a $50 cancellation fee.
If you cancel fewer than three weeks ahead of time, you will forfeit your entire deposit unless you are able to fill your slot with someone else. In that case, we will refund your deposit minus a $50 cancellation fee.
In the event of a health or family emergency (for which we may require documentation), we will refund your tuition deposit minus a $50 cancellation fee.
TCI reserves the right to deny future program participation to students who cancel without adequate notice.