The importance of an arborist inspection for ropes courses and zip lines

Rope courses and ziplines are a great way to have fun and get exercise, but they can also be dangerous if the trees they are built in are not healthy. That's why it's important to have a certified arborist conduct a level 2 inspection to assess the tree health before installing a ropes course or zipline.

A level 2 inspection is a more thorough inspection than a level 1 inspection. A level 2 inspection will include:

  • A visual inspection of the tree's overall health and condition.
  • An inspection of the tree's roots, trunk, and branches.
  • An inspection of the tree's surrounding area for potential hazards.
  • An inspection of where elements and componenets of the challenge course or ropes course connect with the tree

If the certified arborist finds any problems with the tree, they will recommend repairs or removal. It is important to follow the arborist's recommendations to ensure the safety of your ropes course or zipline.


How to Find a Qualified Certified Arborist

There are a few things you can do to find a qualified certified arborist:

  • Ask friends, family, or colleagues for recommendations.
  • Check with your local arborist association.
  • Search online for certified arborists in your area.

When you contact a certified arborist, be sure to ask about their experience with ropes courses and ziplines. You should also ask about their rates and availability.



Having a certified arborist conduct a level 2 inspection is an important step in ensuring the safety of your ropes course or zipline. By following the arborist's recommendations, you can help to prevent accidents and injuries.