About the TCC

    Tree Climbing Competitions

    Professional tree climbing competitions are held around the world to provide a platform for arborists to learn about the latest in climbing techniques and innovations in equipment. They showcase the highest level of professional skills and safety, providing a competitive learning environment for those working in the industry.

    The competitions simulate working conditions of arborists in the field. Male and female competitors perform five different events during preliminary rounds. Each event tests a competitor's ability to professionally, and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner.

    Competitive tree climbing also introduces the public to the skills professional tree climbing arborists must use for safe, professional tree work. 

    Tree climbing competitions simulate working conditions of arborists in the field. Male and female competitors perform five different events during preliminary rounds to qualify for the championship. Each event tests a competitor's ability to professionally and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner.

    ISA RMC Tree Climbing Championship

    Date: July 20-22, 2018
    Location: City Park, Fort Collins, CO
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    International Tree Climbing Championship

    Date: August 3-5, 2018
    Location: Franklin Conservatory, Columbus, OH (US)
    Website: 2018 International Tree Climbing Championship

    Preliminary Qualifying Events

    Competitors are scored individually in each event - Aerial RescueWork ClimbSecured FootlockBelayed Speed Climb, and Throwline. The competitor with the highest score is the winner of that event. First, second, and third place for men and women are awarded for each event.

    Competitors' total scores for all five events are combined and the male and female competitors with the highest combined score from the preliminary events move on to the Masters' Challenge Championship.

    Masters' Challenge

    The Masters' Challenge consists of one event and competitors are scored on technique and skill. The competitors in this round with the highest score are named the male and female World Champions.