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Wildcat Tree Climbing & Care

Welcome to Wildcat Tree Climbing and Care in Massachusetts

Climb in Massachusetts

Climb with us in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts and learn the joy and freedom of tree climbing.  Wildcat Tree Climbing offers the opportunity to learn the basics of recreational tree climbing and arborist tree climbing to enable you to set off on your own and climb the trees that will fill your life with fresh air, fun, healthy adventure, and a unique and thrilling sport -- or enable you to compete with other professional scientists or tree workers who use climbing methods (not bucket trucks) to do their work. 

Types of Climbs

We offer complete classes for Recreational Climbers, Saddle Hunters, and for Tree Workers and Arborists. Wildcat Tree Climbing offers everything from very simple to extreme adventure climbing opportunities, with a range of challenges for people of varying levels of comfort and physical ability.

Wildcat Tree Climbing also offers custom tree climbing classes. Please contact us to discuss climbing in redwood forests or tropical rain forests.

Tree Care Available

The "Care" in Wildcat Tree Climbing & Care relates to our professional and competitive tree care services, from tree trimming and pruning to tree felling and removal.  

Our Location in Massachusetts

Wildcat Tree Climbing's Massachusetts classes are located in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, along the Connecticut River Valley and the Five-College area of Northampton-Amherst-South Hadley. We provide opportunities to train in the deciduous forests—oaks, birches, sycamores, beech, and maples—of the New England bioregion. Got a special back-country hiking and climbing adventure in mind? Tell us what you’d like. Ask about possibilities for camping or other local accommodations.

About the Instructor

Our NETC trained and certified instructor is Keith Harmon Snow: he invites you to join him in Massachusetts, where you will empower and guide you to get off the ground and into the realms of squirrels, the haunts of crows and owls, and the arms of New England’s rooted giants. Read an article about Keith published in the Boston Globe.

2021 Class Dates
  • March  27, 2021
  • April  24, 2021
  • May 29, 2021
  • June 27, 2021
  • July 24, 2021
  • August 28, 2021
  • September  18, 2021
  • October 17, 2021
Contact Us

Email: Keith at Wildcat
Call: 1-413-626-3800

BASIC TREE CLIMBING / SADDLE HUNTING

The BASIC TREE CLIMBING class (BTC) is for adventure seekers, Saddle Hunters, sport climbers and tree workers who want to “learn the ropes and get off the ground”. This is a one-day intensive that moves straight into the trees to practice basic skills of both the Double (DRT) and Single (SRT) rope techniques plus demonstrate many of the new climbing devices available. You will learn to install the ropes in the trees, tie and use a variety of climbing knots, and ascend and descend both with the knots but also with other (technical) equipment. We will discuss equipment use and care; choice of ropes for different applications; advantages and disadvantages of various equipment and or knots. You can expect to do at least 5 climbs during the class (effort and achievement vary individual-to-individual: some people are more aggressive and climb faster and harder than others: its all up to you, your comfort, skill and adventure level). 

Class size is limited to a minimum of two people, and a maximum of six people. No equipment is required, we have plenty of saddles, ropes, and technical gear to choose from and try out. This class is a prerequisite to the ADVANCED TREE CLIMBING and BASIC TREE WORK classes.

Email: Keith or call to verify availability 413-626-3800 and then make reservations.

Tree Climbing Certification

TREE CLIMBING FOR ABORISTS AND TREE WORKERS

The BASIC TREE WORK class is specifically designed for individuals involved in the tree care industry or heading into this field as worker or careerist.  Tree workers and arborists with tree climbing skills and knowledge have a professional edge on others lacking these skills.  Tree climbing work using saws is an extremely dangerous activity however, and must be approached with the greatest respect and caution and awareness and education.  The basic use of pole saws, hand saws, top-handled chain saws in elevated situations is taught, along with basic tree work-based work-positioning methods. Equipment not used in the BASIC and ADVANCED TREE CLIMBING classes essential for safe, efficient and successful tree work will be demonstrated.  These include: pole saws, hand saws, rigging pulleys, tree climbing spikes, specialized lanyards, pulleys, rigging gear and ropes, and, especially, your PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT.  Climbing for sport in a saddle and rope is one thing, hauling your self into a tree and working with a chain saw, hand saw, steel-lanyards, and PPE is another thing entirely.

Email: Keith or call to verify availability 413-626-3800 and then make reservations.

ADVANCED TREE CLIMBING CLASS

The ADVANCED TREE CLIMBING class (ATC) is for people who have already taken the BASIC TREE CLIMBING prerequisite (or anyone interested who can demonstrate BASIC proficiency and knowledge of DRT & SRT systems).  Building on the basic skills and knowledge gained in the first class, participants will be guided to explore the possibilities for employing more advanced methods and techniques for tree access, movement, maneuverability and descent.  The class will go deeper into various methodologies used for DdRT and SRT.  The practical application of lanyards, using and alternating between multiple climb-positioning systems, and a deeper study of the risks and dangers of tree climbing will be addressed.

Email: Keith or call to verify availability 413-626-3800 and then make reservations.

What You Can Expect From NETCA Instructors

Our instructors teach everyone from tree workers to those climbing for recreational fun, and Saddle Hunters. Our successful students have included young teens to seniors. If you can climb a ladder you can climb using a rope. Both the Double Rope Technique (DRT) and the SRT (single Rope Technique) are taught in various classes. These techniques are used throughout the arborist and recreational industries and allow you to let go at any time and still maintain your position on the rope.

Register For A Class

BASIC CLIMBING CLASS/SADDLE HUNTING

The BASIC TREE CLIMBING class (BTC) is for adventure seekers, sport climbers and tree workers who want to “learn the ropes and get off the ground”.  This is a one-day intensive that moves straight into the trees to practice basic skills of both the Double (DRT) and Single (SRT) rope techniques plus demonstrate many of the new climbing devices available.

Price: $395 for a Single

For class details on your particular date  please send your contact name and phone number in an email to Keith

$50.00 DEPOSIT PER PERSON IS REQUIRED UPON REGISTRATON
Choose Class Dates:
Student's Name
Student's email

TREE CLIMBING CLASSES FOR ARBORISTS & TREE WORKERS

The BASIC TREE WORK class is specifically designed for individuals involved in the tree care industry or heading into this field as worker or careerist.  Tree workers and arborists with tree climbing skills and knowledge have a professional edge on others lacking these skills. 

Price: $395 for a Single

For class details on your particular date  please send your contact name and phone number in an email to Keith

$50.00 DEPOSIT PER PERSON IS REQUIRED UPON REGISTRATON
Choose Class Dates:
Student's Name
Student's email

ADVANCED CLIMBING CLASS

The ADVANCED TREE CLIMBING class (ATC) is for people who have already taken the BASIC TREE CLIMBING prerequisite (or anyone interested who can demonstrate BASIC proficiency and knowledge of DRT & SRT systems). Building on the basic skills and knowledge gained in the first class, participants will be guided to explore the possibilities for employing more advanced methods and techniques for tree access, movement, maneuverability and descent.

Price: $395 for a Single

For class details on your particular date  please send your contact name and phone number in an email to Keith

$50.00 DEPOSIT PER PERSON IS REQUIRED UPON REGISTRATON
Choose Class Dates:
Student's Name
Student's email

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