The Atlanta Tree Climbing Club was pulled back together in 2011 and now has about 25 members, some from nearby states, too. Some of us are old-timers, some of us are young 'uns. We climb together usually once a month, and once in a while we go on out-of-town overnights. We gather at the TCI Clubhouse for a business meeting before we set out to climb.
New members are always welcome. Inxperienced climbers will partner with an experienced climber. You must be able to climb DRT, but SRT is also okay.
ATCC Calendar Climbs
Climbing season is upon us! It’s time to check our gear, learn new techniques, and head for the treetops. Listed below are scheduled climbs with themes for each climb. New techniques will be learned on the ground and then they will be applied in the trees. This will be your opportunity to branch out into new realms. Got an idea for a future theme? Speak up!
But wait! There’s more. Pop up climbs will suddenly appear and you have a chance to climb with a partner or the gang for social/learning/adventure expansion. What’s a pop up climb? It’s a climb someone presents to the club suddenly on a whim. It is always more fun and safer when climbing with a buddy. You can declare a pop up climb yourself and see what happens.
For me, I am looking forward to some pop up “Firefly Climbs”. I am already seeing mature fireflies crawling on the bark surfaces. The fireflies start at dusk and rise into the canopy in a coupled of hours. It’s a nighttime experience hard to forget. They usually show up in June.
The club has yet to talk about outings. We have some places to explore. Several members have trees and property a few hours away from Atlanta. Let’s talk about dates/locations at the next meting, huh?
For those of you that have let your ATCC dues fall behind, now is a good time to send in your money. It’s only $25. What a deal! Don’t miss out. For you out of towners, you need to keep up your destination possibilities by your modest annual membership dues for that time when you just have to escape to a climbing crowd that wants to see you.
Mail in your dues to:
205 Plymwood Ct.
Roswell GA 30076
Make check out to: ATCC
Place: 1290 Merry Ln., Atlanta 30329
Contact: Peter “Treeman” Jenkins
Theme: Gear Check.
Time to go through you gear and snoop around other folk’s gear. I’ll have some dry lubricant for those hesitating carabineers and a hacksaw for the carabiners that can’t get up to the task of speedy complete closure.
Then we’ll head for that mature forest behind the clubhouse for 100+ foot climbs. If the wind is up, we’ll take turns on “Breeze”, 115 feet of wiggly loblolly pine on the top of the hill!
Theme: Treeboat rigging. Everyone gets to set up a Treeboat on the ground and then it’s up into “Rosy Red Oak”, a 100 foot two leader southern red oak. A two-person team will work together to set up a line of Treeboats and then it’s lunch in the treetops!
Theme: Share tree climbing with a friend. This will be a facilitated climb where you get to invite a friend or two so they can see what it is like to be up in a big tree hanging out in the wind. This will be a great chance to bring in someone new to share the adventure of tree climbing.
Theme: King Grapnel hook and treetop-to-treetop traverses. Learn how to put a second DRT system in another treetop and glide on over to the neighboring tree or just pause for a while between trees hands free! Drop a tag line to the ground and you are set up for a “giant swing”. It’s safe (you are tied in twice) and it is entirely ballistic! Climb “Obama the Tree” and then set a rope in “Rosy Red Oak”. Then glide on over while 70 feet off the ground. Don’t forget to wave to mom, whether she is there or not!
These are ATCC member climbing events. We like visiting climbers too, but you need to let us know you are coming.
There is possibly an ATCC newsletter in the future.
FaceBook page is for members only right now. We are listed as: ATCC
You can talk to us right here too, on this Forum Board. Like, right here. How about that?
Any other tree climbing clubs out there? Tell us! We are friendly people here.
As YoYoMan said, the Atlanta Tree Climbing Club is alive and well. They meet about once a month for outings. You can contact them via the
page on our website. Most of their communication is via their Facebook page.
Thanks for asking -- great to hear that you're thinking of organizing a club up in Washington. Yoyoman/Richard (ATCC's new President) is right! (He knew I was going to answer you post when he replied.) We're happy to help out with information. The Atlanta Tree Climbing Club (ATCC) has Bylaws and Rules which we're happy to post here; I'll get the most up-to-date versions as soon as I can and put them up. The Bay Area Club's Bylaws were fashioned after the ATCC's, but I haven't looked to see if/how they're different.
Check out the ATCC's Facebook page if you haven't seen it already. It is a VERY active club. It meets once a month almost without fail, and for the last several months one or two of its members has been demonstrating a new technique or gear at the meeting before they go out climbing together. Last Sunday despite 35-degree temps, there were 17 people who came out to watch Max demonstrate the French foot-locking method and Richard show some new gear -- before they went climbing (pictures on Facebook). In February they're taking their annual trip down to Gainesville, Florida where Danny Lyons/Canopy Climbers will be hosting them for a weekend of challenging climbs in live oaks and bald cypresses. They meet at the TCI Club/Guest House, but the club is independent of TCI in every way.
I know there are PLENTY of climbers who would probably be interested in participating. You may remember that your membership in TCI gives you access to our Climber Finder, through which you can contact anyone who is also a member of TCI as an initial list of people to get in touch with. Hopefully you know others who would be interested, too.
All the best, and I'll get back to you soon,