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April 16, 2014 | by Dan McKernan

Action Tours is thrilled to announce its latest venture Action Tree Rope Climbing Tours, an unique outdoor adventure  that gives people the opportunity to scale trees like a monkey. Action Tree Rope Climbing Tours (ATRCT) is the only operation in Southern California that offers authorized tree rope-climbing tours. The fun out-of-the-box tours are designed for anyone 12 years and older who want to experience Big Bear’s pine forest from a different perspective.  

ATRCT provides certified tour guides who lead each tour with a safety tutorial, climbing instruction and proper climbing gear that includes tree-climbing saddles (harnesses), slings, ropes and helmets. ATRCT instructors use a double rope-climbing technique and they tie all of the appropriate knots so guests can scale pine trees.       

“Our instructors go through an extensive two-week course in order to earn their tour guide instructor certification. They must climb 75 times before getting certified,” said Action Tours Owner Belinda Bain. “Our instructors are well-versed in proper rope climbing techniques and apply all safety procedures that go along with tree rope climbing. Our motto is safety first and fun second.”   Tree rope-climbing tours are approximately three hours in length, and each guest should expect to get at least four climbs per tour. The first one or two climbs start with a “slow & low” approach with branches about eight feet off the ground. Once the climber becomes more comfortable he or she can advance to branches up to 45 feet off the ground. Climbers will use repelling techniques to get back to the ground.   “Repelling is even more fun than the actual climb,” added Bain. “You climb and then repel, climb, repel, climb, repel. Your adrenaline will kick in for sure!” 

ATRCT contracted with International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist Paul Chaney of First Certified Arbor Care. Chaney inspected a variety of trees at the tree-climbing site before determining which trees to certify for the tours. Chaney has certified five trees for the tour that can handle the climber’s maximum weight capacity of 250 lbs. and other determining factors. The types of trees designated for climbing are ponderosa and Jeffery pine trees.  

In addition to a great day of climbing trees, guests will learn facts about tree conservation. ATRCT instructors are diligent to point out what measures they adhere to for daily inspections that safeguard and care for the trees.      

All tours begin and end at the ATRCT headquarters located at 41647 Big Bear Blvd. Participants sign-in and then board a tour van for a 15-minute ride to the location. At the entrance of the site participants transport to a Pinzgauer off-road, safari-style vehicle for an adventurous ride up to the site of the tree rope climbing trees. At the site, instructors give a 15-minute safety orientation to explain what participants should expect and how to get the most from the experience. The tours are approximately three hours long.  

ATRCT offers tours Wednesday to Sunday starting May 15, 2014. Climbers must be at least 12 years of age. The maximum weight limit is 250 lbs. Climbers must be able to fit into a harness that is 52 inches circumference around the waist and the upper thigh circumference is 26 inches. The amount of guests per tour is limited to 8 people. The cost for the all-inclusive tree rope-climbing tour is $99 per person. Tours are available all year round, seven days a week. Reservations are recommended, but not required. To book tour reservations call 909-866-0390 or online at   

For all there is to see and do in Big Bear, make lodging reservations or request a free Visitors Guide log on to or call 800-424-4232. 

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About Action Tours: Action Tours is a multifaceted company that offers outdoor recreation and adventure tours in Big Bear Lake that includes Action Zipline Tours, Action Aqua Flight, Action Segway Tours and Action Tree-Rope Climbing Tours.

April 16, 2014

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