Tree climbing, is a really cool and ideal way to bond to build a stronger team. If you are looking for one of the best way to do team building near Portland tree climbing is it! We offer customized 1-3 day team building courses that allow for group growth. The main objectives are: trust, camaraderie, problem-solving, empathy, and overcoming challenges. We want to help your team break into the next level of cooperation and productivity.
Prices start at 20% off per person for groups of 10 or more for our standard experiences and classes like the intro climb.
kids tree climbing
In this age appropriate and personal small group camp, participants will learn how to climb giant trees and so much more. Other fun activities include learning about ecology, hiking, exploring waterfalls, slack-lining between trees, tree yoga 100s of feet off the ground, napping in tree hammocks or tents, and shooting giant sling-shots to set lines into new trees.
This camp now includes the option for overnight camping in the trees! Participants who sign up for the overnight option will sleep overnight in hammocks or tree tents, and also have food provided.
July 15-19th or August 5th -9th
9am - 4pm, M-F
7 to 13 year old's
Tree Climbing COurse
In a two and a half day course, do you want to learn how to climb trees yourself? Curious about all the different types of gear and methods of ascension? This is the course for you. Maybe you have some awesome trees on your property you would like to climb, or maybe try your hand at climbing in parks and upcoming programs with this fast-developing sport.
This two and half day course will teach you the basics and leave you with a strong foundation of skills and experience for you to start to branch off on your own tree climbing experiences.
Looking for team building experience near Salem or Portland? Our outdoor team building experience is close to Portland, about 1.5 hours by car and it is in the majestic Silver Falls State Park. Our location is only 30m away from Salem too! We offer one of the best team building experience in Oregon.
Through our custom tailored corporate team building programs, we can help you break into a new realm of team cohesiveness. During our tree climbing and customized team building experiences your team will create strong leadership and communication skills, but also established a trust-based relationship platform between team members. That is based on mutual respect and experience from our tree climbing activities. Learning the building blocks of working together, in your group, involves taking risks in a safe environment, being exposed to challenges in front of peers, and focusing on one another in a new setting, outside of the workplace. It also takes dedicated, exceptional facilitators who can tailor their repertoire of skills to match your group's specific needs, and we have that experience for your group!
A high-functioning team is the difference between a high functioning company and a mediocre one. High-functioning teams are collaborative, have buy-in from all members, communicate effectively and trust one another. Our activities can help establish these relationships like no other experience can. Call to plan your event with us!
Corporate Team building
kids tree climbing camp
One to two weeks each summer we will offer a tree climbing camp for kids.
Our kids camps are some of the best and most unique outdoor kids camps near in the area. There are no other kids camps like ours in all of Oregon.
It is a 9 am to 4 pm day camp
The camp is open to kids age 7-12
Transportation, Food, and Lodging is not included. We recommending finding lodging at the local state Park.
Some activities possibly included are below. These activities might change based on the instructors comfortability with the group.
-Setting climbing lines with giant slingshot.
Creating Climbing Equipment
Inter-tidal zone exploration
-Journaling (book provided)
-And much more!
In a two and a half day course, learn how to climb trees yourself and learn about all of the equipment you need! You can customize the course, and schedule to your needs. Doing all three days in a row is not necessary. For recreational tree climbing this is one of the best classes in Oregon and the Portland area.
Curious about all the different types of equipment, harnesses, many different methods of ascension, rappelling, or how to get the first line into the tree? Then this is the course for you! Maybe you have some awesome trees on your property you would like to learn how to climb, or maybe try your hand at climbing in parks and upcoming programs with this fast-developing sport.
This course focuses on how to climb trees, using a single rope technique, creating different knots, how to make anchor systems in trees, rescue, first ascents, rope knowledge, webbing construction, and a little double rope technique.
You will learn the basics, giving you a strong foundation of skills and experience to start you off. This course will get you started with lots of hands on training, jump starting future development.
Times & Directions
Typical start times are 9 am and 1 pm for the intro climb. Please contact us if you need more flexibility in your start time. 12 Hour advanced bookings are required, unless you call so we can make the reservation for you within those 12 hours. Online bookings close 12 hours before the experience.
We will meet in the parking lot of the Howard Creek Trail Head inside Silver Falls State Park. Cell service will be limited so please save these directions . Meeting times are 9am or 1pm for the intro climb, early arrival is not necessary. Multi-Day Class is customized
If you are using Google Maps you will need to put the name Tree Climbing at Silver Falls into Google Maps. Howard Creek Trail Head does not come up on Google maps, but inside the park, the signs will say Howard Creek Trailed head.
You will need to have a Oregon State Park day pass, which can be purchased at the park. On the way to the meeting location you will pass a booth and there will be automated day pass machines. $5 day pass or $30 year pass, $50 for 2 year pass. Year passes can be purchased online here.
The Multi-day tree climbing class has variable start times.
The meeting point for tree climbing at Silver Falls State Park is at the Howard Creek Trail Head parking lot. We climb as a whole group on multiple trees. These trees are so giant, whole groups of 10 people can climb at the same time on the same tree. We first start at a small practice tree next to the parking lot to learn climbing skills and fit equipment. After everyone is suited up and learns how to climb and rappel, we hike 5-15m (more for the sunset climb) to the main climbing tree that are around 300ft high. Depending on the group and the climbers' ability, you will ascend one to three trees. Climbing more than 20 stories up in a Coastal Douglas Fir Trees offers an amazing perspective and a view few have ever seen.
Tree climbing can be physically and mentally challenging for some. For people who are considered on the high end of overweight or are obese, this activity might not be possible.
We suggest all participants bring snacks and water, this can be a challenging activity for some. It is also just fun to eat in the trees too. If there is an anniversary or birthday, bring cake or cupcakes. Your guide can carry all items for you up to the top of the canopy
Wear stretchy athletic clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. We suggest long sock and pants that cover ankles, and athletic shoes. Do not wear jeans or pants that are stiff.
We keep the climbing process as simple as possible to make sure you are having fun, learning, and especially staying safe.
Attire & Supplies
Athletic long pants and socks that cover the ankles are best for protecting from abrasions. Closed-toe athletic shoes or hiking boots work best.
Clothing may encounter tree sap which is difficult to remove. Wear clothes you do not mind getting damaged or dirty.
Wearing layers allows you to regulate temperature better.
We recommend you bring a reusable water bottle, and snacks to enjoy at the top of the canopy and during the climb on average climbing a single old-growth tree for the first time can take around 2 hours. Water is recommended.
Binoculars, GoPros, cameras and phones can also be used once in a secure location
Is tree Climbing Safe?
Tree climbing has intrinsic risk factors, like any recreational activity, but it also offers great opportunity. Safety is at the core of our business. We outfit climbers with mandatory helmets, harnesses, safety glasses, foot loops and ascenders, all of which meet international climbing standards of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA).
Since the founding of "recreational tree" climbing, sometimes considered in 1980’s, there have been no known serious accidents or death from recreational tree climbing in more than 30 years with proper equipment, protocols, and while under supervision of a professional instructor. Simply stated, recreational tree climbing could be considered one of the safer recreational sports in the U.S. As long as you follow the basic rules, instruction, protocols and have the right equipment, tree climbing is far safer than most daily activities like riding a bike or driving a car. That being said, it has its risks like any other climbing sport. But our track record for more than 10 years speaks for itself.
It is the goal of our tree climbing program to go above and beyond the standards. For example, the American National Standards Institute has requirements that arborist rope have a minimum breaking strength of 5000 pounds, while all of our ropes are rated to at least 7,000-12,000 pounds of breaking strength. Most of our climbing systems and anchors are also redundant, which is an extra and uncommon safety feature of our program.
Our Tree Climbing at Silver Falls program cares deeply about the natural world. We show this with both our actions and our words. The company adopts the trails we use, cleaning and helping to maintain them. We have also instituted a litter removal program that exchanges trashed picked up in the park for a discounted climb. We offer anyone $5 off per piece of trash collected.
Our programs could not exist without incredible old-growth trees that are now rare because of logging and human deforestation. We care deeply about the need to protect them. During the experience we teach about the important ecology of old-growth forest, their connection to preventing forest fires, and the specific animals or plants that depend on them. Our operation is non-invasive to the trees, nothing ever goes into the trees, no screw, nails, or bolts.
We require three day advanced notice to cancel or reschedule. If within three days, no cancellations are allowed, only rescheduling. A rescheduling fee applies that is equal to the expenses incurred by Tree Climbing at Silver Falls State Park or at the least $50. No rescheduling fee for weather related issues.
We climb in light rain and light wind. We do not climb in heavy rain, heavy wind, or any signs of lightning/thunder.
Although rare, it is sometimes impossible for the guides to determine if a weather cancellation is necessary until the very last moment.
Camping at Silver Falls State Park
Silver Fall State Park is sometimes called the 'crown jewel' of the Oregon State Parks system, and once you visit, you know why. The views of waterfalls and fun experience at Silver Falls State Park, like old-growth tree climbing , makes it some of the best camping in the Oregon. Silver Falls State Park is the kind of standout scenic treasure that puts Oregon firmly onto the national - and international - stage. Its beauty, boundless recreational opportunities and historic presence keep it there. Nestled in the foothills of Oregon's Cascade Mountains, less than an hour east of the state capital of Salem, and only about 1.5 hours south of Portland Oregon, the sprawling 9,200 acre property is the largest state park in Oregon, and one of the most popular. Come see why and stay awhile!
Lodging InSide the Park
Come experience one of the best adventures in Oregon climbing up giant 300ft old-growth trees at Silver Falls State Park and hike the famous trail of ten falls around some of the best waterfalls in Oregon. Then relax into cozy cabins, comfy beds, and breakfast in historical lodge with warm roaring fires.