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The Tree-Climbing Instructor

Creative photographer Danny Lyons started Canopy Climbers to share the love and adventure of climbing trees. danny lyons, tree guideDanny's mission is to help people connect with trees, forests, family, friends, and themselves.

"The vital connection we experience while climbing trees holds the power to inspire and empower our hearts and minds." -Danny Lyons

Danny is a TCI-trained tree-climbing Instructor and an expert in advance climbing techniques. He teaches the Beginning Tree Climbing Course (BTCC) in Gainesville, Florida and occasionally in Atlanta, working with Tree Climbers International (TCI).

Danny has trained with Master Instructor Tim "Tengu" Kovar, founder of Tree Climbing Planet, and has trained extensively with Master Instructor Peter "Treeman" Jenkins, founder of Tree Climbers TCI LogoInternational. Jenkins, who is widely considered the father of recreational tree climbing, established TCI in 1983 as the first tree-climbing school in the world. Because of the passion and dedication of Peter and Patty Jenkins, TCI continues to grow the tree-climbing community by instructing and inspiring tree climbers from all over the world.

Danny Lyons is a member of:
• Tree Climbers International
• The Global Organization of Tree Climbers
• Native Tree Society
• The Atlanta Tree Climbing Club, 2011, Founding Member
• The University of Florida Alumni Association, Life Member

Danny is a proud "A.C.R." (Alachua County Resident) and has resided in Gainesville since 1981. He is the owner of a property management business since graduating from the University of Florida. He started TreeCat Rescue services to help cats who get stuck in trees get safely reunited with their families. Combining his love for climbing and his love for cats, Danny provides aerial rescues for treed cats because "pets are family." Watch some TreeCat Rescue videos and learn more at

We always use "Cambium Savers." Also known as "Friction Savers" or "Branch Savers," these durable sleeves help protect the branches of trees. The Cambium Saver completely surrounds the rope at the anchor point, preventing the rope from making direct contact to the surface of the tree. Without Cambium Savers, the friction of the weighted climbing rope would likely abrade and eventually cut into the bark of the tree. These clever devices also reduce wear and tear on the climbing rope and generally make it easier for the tree climber to ascend.



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