Courtesy of Guy Mott
Guy Mott Adventure Tree
Guy Mott, Adventure Tree founder, helps a new climber learn the ropes.
By Chanelle Koehn
If you find yourself up a tree, Guy Mott, Adventure Tree founder and director, might have a few words of advice. He says that tree climbing is great for exercise, relaxation, fun, connecting to nature,and above all, personal growth.
“When you’re climbing trees, you have to push past your boundaries,” Guy says. “And when you do achieve success—looking down from a tree at forty, fifty, or even sixty feet in the air—it opens you up to more possibilities.”
Adventure Tree offers several tree climbing programs at its Ferguson location. The popular public canopy climb is offered on the first Sunday of each month. Participants learn how to use a self-belayed rope and harness system to climb safely.
Adventure Tree hosts most of its climbing programs on a big tulip tree at Grove House Conference Center and a great red oak at Earth Dance Farms.Guy, a certified arborist, says that the best climbing trees are tall, isolated, and have a full canopy of branches that grow horizontally from the trunk.
Guy, a lifelong adventurer and outdoorsman, founded Adventure Tree about five years ago after he participated in a tree climbing workshop at an adventure education conference. Before tree climbing, Guy spent much of his career indoors, working for companies such as IBM, Compaq, and Seagate.
Being outside the office has given him a new perspective.
“There’s nothing like being high in a tree and looking down through the branches, observing the squirrels scurrying from limb to limb, the lichen, the moss, the birds, and the insects,” he says. “There’s so much life in that tree, and in that moment, I feel a part of it.”
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