The cost of implementing and running a tree climbing program is much less than
similar adventure activities (e.g., a challenge course or climbing wall).
Total costs for starting a full tree climbing program:
- Trees are everywhere and there is no construction required.
- Inexpensive up-front investment.
- Many climbers for each facilitator (up to 12).
- Low maintenance costs.
|Small|| 6|| $8,100
These program costs are calculated by adding the base fee to the number of climbing stations:
Base Fee = $4,200
- Tree preparation: evaluate and select a tree, remove deadwood and prune for climbing purposes.
- Gear for:
- Lead facilitator
- Assistant facilitator
- Climbing program essentials (e.g. chest harness, throw line, etc.)
- Train the lead facilitator in tree climbing techniques, rescue, conducting tree climbing programs, etc.
Participant Gear = $650 per Climbing Station
All gear necessary for participants who are climbing (rope,
harness, helmet, etc.) plus extra gear for participants on the ground
getting ready to climb and for observers and other personnel.
Example: Base program fee: $4,200 + 10 climbing stations: $6,500 = $10,700 Total.
Details and Options: Read on if you want a better understanding of how these fees are calculated
or if you want to know about additional services (e.g., training more than 1 facilitator).
The following components make up the base program fee ($4,200):
Climbing station gear is added to the base program fee to find the total
- Tree Preparation: Maximum of $500 for the first tree. Includes surveying for and selecting a tree,
climbing to remove deadwood and prune for recreational climbing purposes,
clearing below the tree if necessary, selecting and marking anchor points. etc.
Cost may be reduced for trees that require lesser amounts of work or if the
client performs some of the work.
- Client performs some of the work (e.g., clearing) to reduce the fee.
- If the tree requires less work then the fee is lower.
- Prepare an additional tree at the same location for a maximum of $400.
- Base Program Gear: $1,700 outfits 1 lead facilitator plus 1 assistant
facilitator and provides essentials for program operation.
- Full gear set for an additional lead facilitator: $1,150.
- Gear minus rope for an additional lead facilitator: $850.
- Training: $2,000 to train 1 lead facilitator (4 days). The lead
facilitator is trained in tree climbing techniques, rescue procedures, facilitating and
conducting tree climbing programs, working with and training assistants, etc.
Training more than 1 facilitator:
- Train 2 lead facilitators for $2,500 total
- Train 3 lead facilitators for $2,900 total
- Train 4 lead facilitators for $3,200 total
A maximum of 4 lead facilitators may be trained in 1 course. An extra day is
added to the course, for a total of 5 days, when there is more than 1 trainee.
Training experienced facilitators:
Those facilitator trainees with prior experience (1) as challenge course
facilitators, (2) assisting with a tree climbing program, or (3) climbing for
work or recreation, will usually require less training than the entire facilitator
training course. Adventure Tree offers shortened
courses at reduced prices for trainees with prior experience.
$650 per climbing rope station (sold in pairs for $1,300 per pair). These
kits provide all gear necessary for participants who are climbing plus extra
gear for participants on the ground getting ready to climb and for observers
and other personnel.
A Super System has extra mechanical advantage and uses pulleys to reduce
effort for participants who need a little extra help.
Helpful for any size program and recommended for programs with 10 climbing rope stations or more.
- Obtain a Super System upgrade for a regular climbing station for an added
cost of $260 by substituting an extra long rope and XL harness,
and by adding the Super System hardware and lanyard.
- Add a full Super System climbing rope station (instead of upgrading a regular station)
for $740. Includes an extra long rope, XL harness, Super System hardware and lanyard,
helmet, gloves, carabiner and all other components of a climbing station.
The cost of travel to the site plus lodging and meals is added to
the total cost. At a camp, lodging and meals are usually provided at camp facilities thus keeping
costs low. For a school, youth group, nature center, etc. often a teacher or leader can provide housing.
In the event that air travel is required (i.e., it is impractical to drive) then it
will be necessary to either borrow or rent a small chainsaw (must be in good operating
condition) in order to perform tree work.