The MAC-ISA Tree Climbing Championship is an event in which climbers of our chapter compete and showcase their climbing skills. All climbers rotate through five different stations, which are timed and judged by a team of volunteer judges.

  • Work Climb – simulates a typical pruning operation in which the climber must visit four workstations in the tree and successfully complete a task at each station.
  • Belayed Speed Climb – tests the contestant’s ability to climb a predetermined route from the ground to about 60 feet (18 meters) up a tree with a belayed climbing system for safety. The event is timed, and the contestant who reaches and rings the final bell of the course in the least amount of time wins.
  • Ascent – tests the competitor’s ability to efficiently and safely use their selected and approved ascent system. The event assesses the competitor’s efficiency in attaching the ascent system to the ascent line(s), ascending to the bell, and transferring into a descent system. The actual descent is not part of the event. Points are earned for speed as well as for meeting predetermined safety objectives.
  • Throwline – is a timed event that tests the climber’s ability to accurately place a throwline and climbing line in a tree at various heights.
  • Aerial Rescue – is a timed event that tests the climber’s ability to assist emergency medical technicians by climbing to and safely lowering an injured climber.

Trophies are given to the top three competitors in each of the opening events. The top four finishers after the opening events compete in a final event – the Masters’ Challenge. This event tests all of the climbing skills and determines the overall winner of the championship. The climber must set a rope in the tree, ascend to a tie-in position in the top of the tree, move efficiently through various workstations and reach the ground within a designated time limit.

Overall men and women champions represent MAC-ISA at the International Tree Climbing Championship held each year.

The 2020 Tree Climbing Championship will be held at Druid Hill Park, in Baltmore, MD on April 4 and April 5. Click here to download a registration form or register online below.

To sponsor this event or become an exhibitor, click here to download the form or click here for the online form.

Upcoming Events