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TCR 2016

    Announcing GOTC Rendezvous registration scholarships for the 2016 Georgia Rendezvous!

The GOTC is offering two scholarships worth $200 each toward registration at the 2016 Rendezvous at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Georgia, September 29 - Oct 2. To apply, please send an email with 

  1. your contact info 
  2. a recollection of a memorable tree climbing experience you had, and 
  3. brief details on how this scholarship would benefit you. 

Submit your email application by August 31, 2016. The GOTC will select the two recipients by September 3rd, 2016. 

We are pleased to be able to provide these two scholarships to enable members of our recreational tree climbing community to be part of this special event.
-Harv "Ponderosa” Teitelbaum

 Special Request! Attention Tree Climbers  

The GOTC is currently working on an insurance project. For that project we are looking to collect as many climbing logs as possible. If you have any logs filled out please send them to us via this new climbing log form. You can submit your logs now in English, French or Spanish.

Again any Instructor, Facilitator, and self climb logs will greatly help our cause. Also feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Thanks and Happy Climbing!

Click here if you want to climb, get trained, or start a tree climbing program.

Click here if you want to contact us with a question or questions on anything related to RTC. 

Click here for the Spanish versions of our climbing & training guidelines. (Este enlace te llevará a las traducciones al Español de las normativas de trepa y entrenamiento).

What is Recreational/Technical Tree Climbing (RTC)? RTC uses ropes, saddles, and techniques proven safe for both climber and tree, to ascend into the crowns of trees and the canopies of forests for recreation, exploration, exhileration, education, research, exercise, and fun!

What is the Global Organization of Tree Climbers (GOTC)? The GOTC is a democratically-run US501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to growing the practice of safe RTC worldwide.

History: In 2007 a group of some of the most experienced tree climbing instructors and facilitators came together with the goal of creating an inclusive, non-profit, and democratic organization to serve our growing community. From that initial meeting arose the GOTC, an organization dedicated to serving the recreational, adventure, experiential and educational tree climbing communities. 

The GOTC Board and Council are made up of instructors, facilitators, and individual climbers representing a diverse range of tree climbing related communities and interests.  Our areas of focus include:

  • Promoting safe practices for rope and harness tree climbing.*
  • Providing learning opportunities and services for individual climbers.
  • Increasing access for tree climbing.
  • Facilitating professional growth and accreditation for instructors and program leaders.
  • Forging links with outdoor experiential organizations and the public.
  • Fostering wilderness, environmental and climber ethics.

Feel free to contact the GOTC for further information, or with any questions on membership, programs or tree climbing.

We hope you will stop by often to check out continuing additions to this site. 

Thank you for visiting!

The GOTC will not set standards for individual, independent, solo climbers operating outside the formal arena of program, facilitated, or instructional climbing.  The GOTC acknowledges that a vast array of techniques and styles exist for those climbing at the personal and informal level, some of which may be inconsistent with those employed in more formal programmed settings.

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