TREE CANOPY CLIMBING
Season Closed Until March 2020,
Taking Reservations for 2020 Now!
Tree Canopy Climbing
This is a half day experience located at Deception Pass State Park. We climb as a group on multiple trees, between 150 and 230 feet high on old-growth trees. Depending on the group and the climbers' ability, you will ascend one or two trees. Climbing 20 stories up in Coastal Douglas Fir Trees offers a shocking perspective and a view few have ever seen.
Tree canopy climbing can be physically and mentally challenging for some. We suggest all participants bring snacks and water, it is also just fun eating in trees too. Also wear athletic clothes, long pants that cover ankles, and athletic shoes. All other equipment will be provided. The tree canopy climbing experience is a progression. You will start first by receiving all of your equipment, followed by safety talks, learning about the equipment, learning how to use the equipment, and then you will start climbing! We keep it simple and easy to make sure you are having fun, learning and especially staying safe.
Times & Location
Typical start times are 9 am and 1 pm. Please contact us if you need more flexibility in your start time.
We will meet at the north beach parking lot in Deception Pass State Park. The north beach located on the Whidbey Island side of the park. Cell service will be limited so please save these directions. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time.
41020 WA-20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 is the address for the ranger station just north of the main entrance of the state park. The main entrance is at the traffic light. We do not meet at this address. The meeting location is at the north beach parking lot in Deception Pass. There will be signs posted.
You will need to purchase a $10 day pass or $30 year pass to the WA State Parks to park your car in the state park.
Sunset climbs and the Canopy Climbing Academy have variable start times.
If you have any questions, give us a call at (206) 914-8613
Participants must be 7 years of age or older. Minors require a consent form. There is no experience required!
Canopy climbing can be physically and mentally challenging for some, especially those considered overweight or obese
This activity is not similar to zip-lining
If you have any medical condition that could possibly affect the adventure you must let us know. We will try to accommodate all potential participants.
If you are afraid of heights we want to work with you to overcome your fear.
Please call (206) 914-8613 with any questions
Attire & Supplies
Please wear long pants that cover the ankles and high socks. Closed-toe athletic shoes or hiking boots work best.
Clothing may encounter tree sap which is difficult to remove
Wearing layers on top allows you to regulate temperature better
We recommend you bring a reusable water bottle, and snacks to enjoy at the top of the canopy
Binoculars, cameras and phones can also be used once in a secure location
Sunset Canopy Climbing
This night time canopy climb is a tad bit more adventurous than canopy climbing in the day and requires a little more gear. However, watching the sun fall over the canopy and enjoying the sunset from the top of the canopy is rare and an extremely unique experience. On a good day, the sunsets from the canopy view are absolutely stunning.
Because we will be climbing at night bringing extra layers of clothes is highly recommended. Snacks and drinks are also advised and a good addition to the sunset show. Because this is Washington State and an overcast sky is a possibility. We cannot guarantee a spectacular sunset, but we can guarantee a crazy adventure.
You will gain knowledge and apply that knowledge in the field, practicing everything you need to know to get up into any size tree and come back down safely. We will go over many different types of gear, climbing techniques and you will have personal instruction from our professional staff every step of the way.
Safety is at the core of our business. We outfit climbers with mandatory helmets, harnesses, safety glasses, foot holds and ascenders, all of which meet international climbing standards of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA). We go above and comply with all other third-party tree climbing standards.
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 an instructor. Simply stated, recreational tree climbing is amazingly safe. As long as you follow the basic rules, protocols and have the right equipment, tree climbing is far safer than most daily activities like riding a bike.
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 6,000-12,000 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.
AdventureTerra cares deeply about the natural world. We show this more with our actions than with our words. The company has adopted some of the trails in Deception Pass State Park to clean and maintain. 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 the incredible old-growth trees in the park. We operate in ways that minimize our impact on the trees and surrounding forests, and follow leave-no-trace principals whenever possible.
Lastly AdventureTerra is developing partnerships with conservation organizations like Conservation Northwest out of Bellingham, to promote stewardship efforts.
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 AdventureTerra LLC 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.
It is often impossible for the guides to determine if a weather cancellation is necessary until the very last moment.