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An Official eBlast from the Arboricultural Association
July 2017
Calling All Climbers – Climb to the Crown

Enter the UK & Ireland Open Tree Climbing Competition

Qualify for International and European Tree Climbing Championships

9th & 10th September 2017, The University of Exeter


Eligible winners and high placed competitors can go on to represent the UK and Ireland at the International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) and European Tree Climbing Championship (ETCC).

Preliminary Events – Saturday 9th September

The Ascent Event – measures your ability to perform an ascent, using your selected and approved safety accent system.

The Throwline – a timed event that tests your ability to accurately place a throwline and/or climbing line in a tree at varying heights.

The Aerial Rescue Event – a timed event that tests the ability to climb to, and safely lower, a climber who is unable to descend without assistance.

The Work Climb – within a 5 minute time limit, this tests the competitor’s ability to move about the tree using a climbing system and completing work based tasks. Competitors earn subjective points based on safety, control, style, poise, and creativity at the discretion of the judges.

The Speed Climb – tests the competitor’s ability to climb a predetermined route from the ground to 18 meters up a tree with a belayed climbing system for safety.

Final: The Masters’ Challenge – Sunday 10th September

The morning will feature educational events on Aerial rescue: planning, preparation and performance, and Tree biomechanics, pest & diseases, along with biosecurity updates for the practical arborist.

The Masters’ Challenge is the final round of the competition with the winner being crowned UK and Ireland Tree Climbing Champion (Under ISA Rules). The top men and top women finishers from the preliminary events advance to the Masters’ Challenge to compete for the title. The Masters’ Challenge is designed to judge the competitors’ overall productivity and skill.

The competition aims to 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 manoeuvre in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner.

For more information, rules, results and booking for the next TCC under ISA rules click below.

More Information >


If you’re not up for climbing but still want to be involved – we’re looking for volunteers to join the team and help us run this fantastic event. There’s a great camaraderie amongst the organising team at our climbing competitions, volunteers can join in the following roles:

  • Event Head Judge
  • Event Timer
  • Event Technician
  • Assisting with set up

Download the Volunteer form and return it to us at events@trees.org.uk

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