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Big Canopy Campout


  • September 16-17 (virtual)
  • September 18-19 (local tree climbs/canopy campouts AND virtual)
  • September 25 (virtual)

This year, the GOTC is joining the BCC in their efforts!

Don’t want to read everything? Click here to get started on sign-up:

GOTC/BCC event(s) sign-up form

Did you hear of the BCC? If not…

BCC stands for Big Canopy Campout

Here is (one of) their logos, you may recognize it:

Every year, across the world, groups of 1+ happy tree people will be camping out in trees (at whatever height). For those of us stuck at home, a stay-at-home ‘camp-in’ is the option!

This canopy campout is definitely BIG. More than 100 groups have already signed up for this event!

The GOTC and BCC intersect in what we stand for, yet we organize different events and support somewhat different communities.

The collaboration is therefore no surprise – it strengthens us both. This is just the start of the collaboration! May it be long-lived!

This year all proceeds & donations of any sort will go towards BCC’s chosen cause:

The SËRA Foundation

This is an AMAZING cause.

In a nutshell, we’ll be helping the indigenous Siekopai Nationality in Ecuador to document their ancestral shamanic knowledge and teach new generations to live in harmony with the rainforest.

Please find more information on the BCC’s webpage & GET ABSOLUTELY INSPIRED: https://www.bigcanopycampout.com/pages/sera-foindation-2021 & BCC 2021 Press Release

What is GOTC adding to this year’s BCC event?

The GOTC will provide a few pre-BCC and post-BCC virtual meets through Zoom. We are keeping it ‘light’ since it is short day. Really – this is all about sharing ideas, stories, and insights! We want to connect (with) you!


We will offer a super mini-Virtual ‘Vous. This means that the BCC/GOTC event is:

  • Perhaps less Rendezvous-y …
  • – But very Tree Climbing Canopy Campout-y Tree nonetheless…
  • Still a bit Virtual but… most importantly…
  • – Lots of LOCAL Tree Climbing and Camping with
  • – online chats, presentations, and storytelling with the BCC/GOTC/tree-minded folks and groups!

During the mini-Virtual ‘Vous we will offer a few speakers the chance to speak and all of you to meet each other!

Really, you can see this as an extensive effort for a tree climber’s meet & greet. Expand your network!

You can find a more professional schedule here (subject to small changes): GOTC/BCC events schedule

Get ready to tell fellow tree climbers about …

  • your favorite tree/species to climb
  • your most awesome climb (so far)
  • your tree climbing ‘changes’ and ‘constants’
  • your local tree climbing history
  • what you learned from your experience in trees
  • and what your current and past connections trees and forest are!

On Thursday September 16th we will …

  • Let people meet each other!
  • Explain what the GOTC is
  • Provide a sneak peek of the 2022 Rendezvous
  • Eric will talk about his life as a tree climber in the Bay Area and beyond!

On Friday September 17th we will…

  • Share some of our personal tree climbing stories…
  • And give you the opportunity to share your personal story…
  • Griëtte will talk about her tree climbing history, and especially, her recent time in Argentina.
  • Give you some tree climbing history (back to tree climbing school it is…!)
  • Adam will talk about using tree climbing for lizard & reptile research 😊

On both Thursday and Friday, the meetings will start at (bolded is one day later)::

  • 10 am PST/11 am MST/1 pm EST/6 pm London/7 pm Berlin/2 am Seoul
  • 6 pm PST/7 pm MST/9 pm EST/2 am London/3 am Berlin/10 am Seoul

On Saturday September 18th we will…

  • Mostly climb, campout or camp-in, connect with the canopy and beyond
  • Tune in to the Bay Area where Eric will give a from-the-canopy talk/workshop
  • Enjoy trees!

Times as above:

  • 10 am PST/11 am MST/1 pm EST/6 pm London/7 pm Berlin/2 am Seoul
  • 6 pm PST/7 pm MST/9 pm EST/2 am London/3 am Berlin/10 am Seoul

On Sunday September 19th we will…

  • Have a Breakfast/Teatime/Happy Hour Meet!
    • Disclaimer: what you will be drinking and eating depends largely on your time zone
  • But mostly… hear from the organizers about some of the highlights so far!
  • Perhaps you can even share Canopy Campout stories (& pictures) on the spot!


7 am PST/8 am MST/10 am EST/3 pm London/4 pm Berlin/11 pm Seoul

On Saturday September 25th we will…

  • Have a Global Tree Climbing Canopy Campout After Party!
  • Connect one last time!
  • By showing/seeing/sharing what happened during the BCC!
  • Get inspired!


  • 4 am PST/5 am MST/7 am EST/12 pm noon London/1 pm Berlin/8 pm Seoul
  • 12 pm noon PST/ 1 pm MST/3 pm EST/8 pm London/9 pm Berlin/4 am Seoul

Please join the BCC and the GOTC for this event!


We’ve now concluded the 2020 Virtual Tree Climbers Rendezvous. We are grateful to all who attended, facilitated and sponsored this year’s ‘Vous.


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We are volunteer organizers of the annual Tree Climbers Rendezvous, sponsored by the Global Organization of Tree Climbers (GOTC). We host an annual climber’s conference to unite both beginner and experienced tree climbers from all around the world through educational and experiential opportunities. We invite everyone to join our global network of tree climbers.


Who we are

We provide a welcoming space for tree climbers to meet, climb trees and exchange information. Our multi-day International Annual Tree Climbers Rendezvous (‘Vous‘ for short) is open to both new and experienced climbers, providing an all inclusive atmosphere for those of us who collectively and affectionately refer to ourselves as Treeps or Treeples.

Our members include tree climbers from all over the world who have gravitated together based on a shared passion for forests and climbing. Over the years, our annual get together has become so popular, we’ve decided to form an oversight committee, in order to better facilitate the annual Tree Climbers Rendezvous as well as other regional based events.

Our events have taken us to some amazing locations, including the Costa Rica rain forests and Northern California’s redwood groves. The conferences include notable speakers on a variety of informative topics. Educational workshops are also offered throughout the events. The Tree Climbers Rendezvous are accompanied by optional, pre and post, ‘Vous excursions, for those interested in exploring the area, or host country, in a guided group.

We are affiliated with the Global Organization of Tree Climbers, or GOTC for short. The GOTC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit group who provides us with better infrastructure and helps guide us to various resources that better ensure our ongoing success. We, in turn, help connect the GOTC with potential members and volunteer support, thereby serving us all in a mutually beneficial way.

Our event oversight committee is managed by dedicated volunteers. We learn from year to year and strive to bring you the best event possible. We are always looking for places to sponsor and host our events in the future. If you know of such a place or are interested in hosting or becoming a volunteer, please contact us.


More info to follow.

Our History

The Tree Climbers Rendezvous is an international conference that traces its origins back to 1999. During several informal recreational tree climber gatherings, the idea of a yearly event took root to showcase sustainable tree climbing to:

– wilderness adventurers
– canopy researchers
– land-management/recreation leaders
– recreational therapists
– experiential educators
– environmentalists
– conservationists
– recreational tree climbers

The conference grew through the years and the hosting has been shared by many experienced tree climbers from different geographical regions. On some occasions, due to a location’s popularity, we have returned to a previous venue.

Designed to improve climbing skills and wilderness ethics, the conference also gives tree lover enthusiasts from around the world the opportunity to meet with outdoor professionals interested in tree climbing. After the creation of the Global Organization of Tree Climbers (GOTC), this international annual conference has served as the meeting place for GOTC’s annual organization meetings and yearly election nominations.

A timeline of this unique gathering of tree climbers includes the following locations:

YearEvent #Tree Climbers Rendezvous VenueLocation
202221Two Hawk Hammock and Cedar Lakes Woods and GardensWilliston, Florida
202120Big Canopy Campout & GOTCLocal Events & The (Virtual) Cloud
202019Worldwide – Virtual VousThe (Virtual) Cloud
201918 Redwood River Resort Leggett, CA
201817 Savegre Nature Preserve San Jose, Costa Rica
201716Cal-Wood Center* Jamestown, CO
201615Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center Mansfield, GA
201514Warm Beach Church Camp Seattle, WA
201413Shaw Nature Reserve Saint Louis, MO
201312Simpsonwood Center* Norcross, GA
201211Mount Herman Center Mount Herman, CA
201110Marywood Church Camp Jacksonville, FL
20109Beechridge Center Covington, KY
20098Tanglewood Park Clemmons, NC
20087Simpsonwood Center Norcross, GA
20076Cal-Wood Center Jamestown, CO
20065Gray Conference Center Canton, MS
20054Oregon Caves Cave Junction, OR
20043Camp Fontanelle Freemont, NE
20032Winfield Scott State Park Suches, GA
19991Joyce Kilmer Forest Robinsville, N.C.

*Repeat Locations