What is rope-assisted tree climbing?

This is a packed question! Pictures are worth a thousand words, but this unique sport allows to to ascend into the canopy of a tree safely using rope and harness. The knots are all tied by qualified, trained instructors and high quality harnesses and helmets are provided. You are fitted for the correct size harness and instruction is provided. When you descend from the tree, an instructor or tree monitor will belay you. This is an on-rope activity; at no time are you off rope while in the tree. Safety is our first concern. Depending on the type of climb, other activities or challenges may be available while aloft.

Why would I be interested in tree climbing?

Short answer: It’s fun! It’s also challenging, as one must face many fears and insecurities while climbing. It takes coordination and some strength, so it is a very rewarding activity. Every tree is unique, and exploring the canopy of a tree is a lofty experience (no pun intended; well, maybe). There’s something indescribable about resting on a branch far above the rest of the world, feeling the breeze and the sway of the living tree underneath you, listening to the sounds of the animals around you and leaving the bustle of everyday life. It is a very unique experience and builds confidence in oneself.

How much does it cost?

This depends on the type of climb. Group climbs start at $350, festival climbs start at $2,000, and open climbs for individuals start at $30 per climber. Sometimes there are sponsors for certain groups or climbs and prices will be less.

How do I register for a climb?

To register, you will need to contact us by either phone/text 706-804-2551 or email wildriceadventures@gmail.com to let us know which climb and time you are registering for. You can make payment on the “Register for a climb” button on the right sidebar and type in the date of the climb, click Payment and enter your credit card or paypal info and the amount ($30 for open climb). This is subject to a 4% merchant processing fee. You can also pay by check made out to WildRice Adventures mailed to P.O. Box 757, Watkinsville, GA 30677 or cash on site.

What happens if bad weather moves in on the day of my scheduled group climb?

We will be in contact with you concerning the weather. We can still climb in rain or snow (we can discuss the surrounding circumstances), but not lightning. If the climb must be rescheduled due to inclement weather, we will work with you selecting a different date.

What do I need to bring? Do I need any training?

It’s always wise to be prepared for the weather and to bring some gloves if you have soft hands. Wear tennis shoes or boots, avoiding flip-flops, sandals or high heels. Wear comfortable clothes that you can move around in. No training is necessary; we will provide training and only expect for climbers to be able to follow tree climbing rules.

Do you climb special needs children or groups?

Yes. Please contact us for details and pricing, as special rigging or additional staff is required for these types of climbs.