Michigan Tree Climbing Championship

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 purpose of the Michigan Tree Climbing Championship (the MTCC) is to provide a competitive learning environment for those working in the arbor industry and to showcase the highest level of professional skills and safety.

This professional tree climbing event is open to the public at no cost.

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.

The winner goes on to rep Michigan at the International Tree Climbing Championship.

Michigan Tree Climbing Championship

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.

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. Bring your picnic supplies, chairs, and warm blankets to the competition and enjoy the competition.

Michigan Tree Climbing Championship

What:          Michigan Tree Climbing Championship

When:         September 15-17, 2023

Where:        Prospect Park (Holland, Michigan)

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International Society of Arboriculture Michigan


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