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Michigan Tree Climbing Championship

The purpose of the Michigan Tree Climbing Championship is to provide a competitive learning environment for those working in the industry and to showcase the highest level of professional skills and safety.This event is open to the public at no cost. See details below for more information.

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.

Preliminary Qualifying Events

Competitors are scored individually in each event: Aerial Rescue, Work Climb, Ascent, Belayed 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 six 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.

Registration for the 2018 Event will begin June 1.

2018 – Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City, MI – September 14-15
2019 – Traverse City, MI – September 13-14
Changes for the 2017 event include an updated rules book and elimination of the Footlock event.  Click here for information on those details.  You will be redirected to the ITCC website.  Each participate will receive a new rule book.  To help with the transition from the Secured Footlock Event to the Ascent Event, ISA has produced a visual guide to illustrate how to run the event. Use this to understand how the event should be run and what goes into each of the three timed components.

2017 Event Details

Dominic Gutierrez Wins MTCC 2017!
It was a sun filled day at
Emerson Park in Midland, MI on Saturday, September 16 as 29 competitors lined up to compete for the 2017 MTCC Champion title. Over half of the competitors were first time climbers in the event with 1-5 years experience in the field. Even with the new ITCC Ascent Event added – which replaced Footlock, the energy from the climbers, volunteers, and public attending set the trees aglow. And it was this same energy that awarded DOMINIC GUTIERREZ, first time competitor in the MTCC with less than 2 years of climbing experience as the 2017 MTCC Champion!  Dominic is an arborist with Kappen Tree Service and member of IBEW Local 17 and has been climbing for 1.5 years.  The MTCC family embraced the young, nervous, climber as he prepped for the Master’s Challenge, competing against seasoned top three winner Wayne Ellison – Kappen Tree Service and 2016 Champion Jake Carufel – Canopy Climbing Tree Care. Check out the MTCC Facebook page for links to pictures taken by the Midland Daily News.
Dominic will represent ISA Michigan Chapter at the ITCC in Columbus, OH in August 2018. He was awarded a prize package from ArborMaster which included:

 Husqvarna: Arborist Technical Helmet by Petzl, Husqvarna Composite Multi-Purpose Axe
 Buckingham Master 5.0 Arborist Tree Climbing Saddle
 Silky Tsurugi Curve Hand Saw
 ArborMaster® 150′ Hawkeye Climbing Line by Samson
 OREGON® Tool Bag
 Vermeer Logo’d Camo Tumbler
 50% savings for an ArborMaster® 2-Day or 3-Day Hands-On Training Module
This prize package was provided by these sponsors: