Climbing massive trees fast and efficiently is not easy.
Every year, the Michigan Tree Climbing Championship is hosted by the Arboriculture Society of Michigan, the state chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.
The location of the competition is always different.
Climbers compete in several competitive events in the championship: secured foot lock, belayed speed climb, work climb, throw line, aerial rescue, master’s challenge, etc.
Judging is based on accuracy, safety, speed, and endurance.
This year there will be 38 male climbers and 3 female climbers.
The winner goes on to rep Michigan at the International Tree Climbing Championship.
What: Annual Michigan Tree Climbing Championship
When: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Where: The Village at Grand Traverse Commons (700 Cottageview Dr, Traverse City, MI)
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.