Tropical Tree Climbing for Educators and Reserachers Course
Join Cornell Tree Climbing for nine days in Costa Rica, traveling to the Rio Guabo valley to explore the canopy of a lowland tropical rainforest. This course is an intensive introduction to technical tree climbing for educators interested in starting their own tree climbing programs, and canopy researchers intending to climb in tropical environments. The course will focus on Single Rope and Doubled Rope climbing techniques, in addition to considerations for climbing in the tropical environment. We will also place significant emphasis on tree selection, line insertion, alternative climbing techniques and hazard assessment. Teaching will be balanced with facilitation, allowing for student problem solving and critical analysis of the techniques and sequences. We will also learn some local ecology and experience the culture of a Spanish-speaking rural community. We will stay in a tiny village and eat the typical cuisine prepared by local people. All equipment is included in the course fee. No climbing experience necessary. Students must provide their own transportation to and from San Jose, Costa Rica. After receiving confirmation from the course coordinator, participants should book tickets to arrive at the San Jose airport (SJO) on the morning of January 13th and leave in the afternoon of January 21st. See the links below for additional course information.