What is included with the Fundraising Dinner?
Many of the 2022 Florida Tree Climbers Rendezvous speakers received scholarships from the Global Organization of Tree Climbers (GOTC) which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit group. This annual international event helps attendees connect with other tree-climbing professionals to learn about sustainable tree climbing for research, education, therapy, conservation, and recreation, in addition to raising funds for future scholarships. To see some of the ways tree climbing can benefit our planet Videos – Tree Climbers Rendezvous
Please join us for dinner, presentations, and silent auction on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night(s). To see the schedule of presentations please visit 2022 Speakers and Presentations – Tree Climbers Rendezvous
Pricing and Registration for the Fundraising Dinner will be available on January 2022
What is included with the Extended ‘Vous Pass and Traditional ‘Vous Pass for climbers and non-climbers?
1 – Lodging*
2 – Meals – Daily breakfast and dinner, with optional box lunches, will be provided during the Rendezvous. Gluten free and/or vegetarian meals are also available upon request.
3 – 2022 Event Hooded Sweatshirt
4 – Internal Shuttle (between Two Hawk, Devil’s Den, and Cedar Lakes)
5 – Entrance fee to Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens botanical area as well as the tree climbing area located in the conservation land (www.cedarlakeswoodsandgarden.com)
6 – One evening of swimming and/or snorkeling at Devil’s Den freshwater spring (www.devilsden.com)
7 – Access to all talks, GOTC annual meeting, evening gatherings, silent auction, etc., at Two Hawk Hammock, the main event Host (www.twohawkhammock.com)
Note: Monday workshops are included in the Extended ‘Vous Pass (which includes all workshops, dinner, and an additional night of lodging). To see the list of presenters and more details about these workshops please check: 2022 Speakers – Tree Climbers Rendezvous
*Types of Lodging:
There will be a variety of lodging options (from tent camping to single occupancy rooms). All the rooms are nice but there are only a few of each category available. Early bird gets the worm… Some of the accommodations will be in the nearby town of Williston, all within a 10-minute drive from the main venue site. All three properties (Two Hawk Hammock, Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens, and Devil’s Den) are private and adjacent. Alcohol and campfires are permitted in designated areas.
We are currently researching host sites in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. If you would like to nominate a location/resort/grounds as a potential Vous site, please contact us.
Written by: John Greer and reposted from TreeXP.com
Our group originated in San Jose, Costa Rica before heading south toward Drake Bay, along the Pacific Ocean’s south-western side of the country. We entered into Poor Man’s Paradise by way of water landing along the beach, from a skiff, carrying both our group and our luggage.
The area had a primal feel about it, being nestled in the Central American jungle, adjacent to Corcovado National Park. This area is among a handful of the most bio-diverse places on earth.
Our group was tastefully hosted, guided, housed, provided delicious meals and granted access to many amazing features throughout the area, including waterfalls and wildlife throughout Corcovado National Park, as well as, a snorkeling/whale watching adventure to the nearby nature reserve at Cano Island.
On our hikes, we witnessed an assortment of bird and wildlife sightings. We also came upon a gathering of Humpback whales, at times coming close enough to film their underwater movements. At times, the experience felt surreal, being so fully immersed in nature.
Our next destination was the main reason for this expedition. This year’s annual Tree Climbing Rendezvous was being hosted at a location known as The Savegre Nature Reserve, situated 7,300 feet up in the mountains of central Costa Rica. The drive ended with a steep descent into breathtakingly spectacular narrow valley, lined with lush, giant old-growth trees, with the fast moving Savegre River cutting its way through the middle.
With the higher altitude came lower temperatures, which when combined with the rainy tropical conditions, at times became challenging to overcome. As such, the actual tree climbing time was often interrupted with down pours, often lasting for hours. Still, many climbers were resilient enough to endure the added risks and enjoy the incredible experience of tree climbing in a Costa Rican jungle.
Our group was afforded the opportunity to listen to various guest speakers involved with tree climbing expeditions that help protect forests, rehabilitate Orangutans in Borneo and study bald eagles in the United States. The group’s keynote speaker was Donald Perry, the founding father of technical tree climbing in Costa Rica and the inventor of the Zip Line. Being a part of this amazing group was an honor and a privilege.
The next destination for those continuing on in our group was in the area of La Fortuna, adjacent to Arenal Volcano. We bathed in volcanic hot springs and were treated to a Chocolate tasting tour, while learning traditional methods of producing fine chocolate from the Cacao Tree, also know as The Food of the Gods.
The next day we traveled to the Heredia Province of Sarapiqui and visited the Tirimbina Rainforest Center; a national wildlife refuge operated as an education, research, and eco-tourism center. We walked along soggy trails and on suspension bridges, while being fully immersed in nature.
A friend and I broke off from the main group and went walkabout. Along the way, we saw a Collared Anteater. It measured roughly 30″ tall and 3 feet long and was spotted on the ground, just off the walking trail. We made eye contact and when I tried to get a closer look, it turned and slowly headed deeper into the jungle, before I had a chance to get a photo. Later that day several climbers weathered the rain and climbed a tree along a river, while surrounded by a multitude of tropical birds.
Tortuguero was our final destination, before returning to San Jose and heading home. Getting there involved being transferred from our motor coach to a long skiff like boat, and shuttled along rivers through the mangrove forests, to the Laguna Lodge.
The lodge was located on a extended sand bar, between the Caribbean Sea and Tortuguero Lagoon. The beaches are protected by the Sea Turtle Conservancy, who through their efforts and for the benefit of Green Sea Turtles and our planet’s fragile ecosystem, transformed the area into Tortuguero National Park in 1975.