October 20 - 22, 2006

by Tree Climbing Instructor Tim Kovar

Diane and Stephen, just hanging out.

(see more photos below...)

A long-awaited class for two students finally made it onto the schedule in October, 2006. Stephen McDowell from Nevada and New Tribe’s own Diane Floyd arrived at our southern Oregon training site for three days of learning the ropes. We had beautiful climbing weather and the students left with a deeper love for our woody friends.


This class was seven months in the making. Both Stephen and Diane had signed up for other sessions in the past but due to schedule conflicts they were not able to participate until now.

Their BTCC started off with a facilitated climb into Ed, our beautiful Black Walnut tree who is also an excellent, gentle and patient instructor. After arriving in the crown we shared a brief introduction of who we are and what we hoped to get out of the next three days.

The weather was ideal for canopy exploration and learning. One spectacular gift on this fall weekend was watching Ed’s leaves coming down from his arms as we ascended. It was one of those blessings of being in a tree and observing nature’s dance from above.

We had the best seats in the house!

Diane learning the knots

On rope


The rewards of a successful throw

Stephen's smile


Throwing the Open Monkey Fist


What a golden climb!

Taking the written exam. Congrats Diane and Stephen!