Tim Kovar is a master tree-climbing instructor and the founder of the Tree Climbing Planet. He has introduced over 10,000 people to treetops, including bestselling author Richard Preston. Kovar has climbed trees all over the world, including the remote areas of India, Central America, and the Amazon Basin. The canopy explorer recently told us how it feels to reach the top of a tall tree and why it won't help to call 911 if you get stuck.
What was the first tree you’ve ever climbed?
One of my earliest memories as a little boy was climbing the neighbor’s apple tree. I remember getting stuck up in the treetop. My friend’s father had to come and help me get out of the tree. I was maybe five years old at the time? And of course, I loved it. My mother and father did not enjoy that so much. And as a five-year-old, it felt like a hundred feet up. When in reality, I was only two feet up.
Why do people climb trees?