Tree Climbing in the Alps:
Most of us at some time, have been tempted to explore that cool, peaceful, leafy canopy of a tree, swing from a branch, or just sit up high and yell madly at our mates down below!
Well tree climbing is no longer the domain of young children. It is a fully recognised sport and is great fun for all ages.
You wear a harness and are attached to a rope so you are totally safe, which means you can climb much bigger trees than you would ever have dared to climb as a child.
You can try different tree species (some are a lot harder than others), different climbing techniques and different ways of getting down! If you didn't know the difference between a pine tree and a beech tree before, you will afterwards!
Our guides set up the rope systems for you in the trees making sure they don't cause any damage to the trees and give you tips and advice on your tree climbing technique.
Sometimes rope ladders are used to climb the first sections of trees where there are less branches. These can be quite tricky but very good fun!
For very young tree climbers aged 3 to 6, the instructors rig up rope swings and hammocks in the trees for them to play on so they can still have fun in the forest even if they are too scared to climb up high in the trees.
You can go for a half day or a full day in the trees and it's accessible for all ages (well maybe not babies!).
And if you really want to experience the mystery and charm of the woods, you can spend the night in a hammock, listening to the leaves rustling and the noises of the night animals as they come out to play.
New for 2017: if you like the idea of snuggling up together as a family or couple for a night in the trees then you will love our suspended tree tents! These sleep up to four people and are suspended in the trees - a bit like the hammocks but you are not on your own!
These activities are available as an extension to an afternoon tree climbing. You can also read the Guardian's feature about our night in a tree tent activity!
Read more about tree climbing on our blog!