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HomeTree Climbing Championship

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.

MTCC In the News

See the ITCC event in action -
The Michigan Tree Climbing Championship is a state wide event held to award a champion to represent the state of Michigan at the International Tree Climbing Championship. Check out this video and learn more about the event. Destination Michigan Video on MTCC

The ITCC is the International Tree Climbing Competition. Learn more here. A video can be seen on the Michigan Tree Climbing Facebook Page.
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.

Fees This event is FREE and open to the Public.  Family and friends of the MTCC competitors are encouraged to bring picnic baskets as there may not be food locations around the park, based on location. However, lunch tickets are available for sale on the competitor registration form. Box lunches will be served to climbers and volunteers complimentary and others purchasing tickets.


MTCC is an outdoor event making use of the natural surroundings at the park for a unique experience.  Please dress for the weather, walking, and possible insects.  

Experience the Arbor Fair - a free public event for kids and adults offering up education on trees and industry equipment, as well as many other fun activities and exhibits!

Future Dates & Locations
  • 2020 - Traverse City, Mi - September 25-26 (location change due to regional Covid19 restrictions)
  • 2021 - Detroit Area, MI - September 17-18 (Belle Isle, Detroit)
  • 2022 - Detroit Area, MI - September 16-17 (Belle Isle, Detroit)
  • 2023 - West Side area, MI - September 15-16
  • 2024 - West Side area, MI - September 20-21
  •  2020 MTCC Final Scores* (as of 9-29-2020)
    *There was a clerical error in Kevin Bingham's score. Click here for complete explanation.
  • 7/13/2020 - MTCC Committee moves event back to Traverse City due to better availability of tree for the event and changes date to September 25-26, with a rain date of September 27.
  • 7/8/2020 - The 2020 event will be a 1.5-day format with registration, gear check, walk-thru, and two (2) Preliminary events on Friday, September 18. The remaining three (3) Preliminary Events and the Masters Challenge will be held on Saturday, Sept 19. More details are provided on the event registration page at the link above.
  • 7/6/2020 - ISA BoD and the MTCC Committee votes to move the event from Belle Isle Detroit to Manistee due to regional Covid19 restrictions.


COVID 19 Safety Appropriate Covid-19 safety protocols will be implemented to promote participant and attendee safety at this event. This includes extra hand washing stations, social distancing signage and reduced touchpoints with online registration and waiver signing. Access the Covid-19 Preparedness and Response Plan here. Concerns or questions can be directed to the ISA Michigan Office.

CLIMBER MATERIALS Review the following forms for more information on the guidelines for competing.

ITCC Equipment Advisory (May 2019)
ITCC Rule Book (valid till July 2021)
What to Expect During Gear Inspection
Gear Check List form - please print and bring to gear inspection.
TCC Participant/Volunteer Waiver 2020 - review only. You will be asked to accept the conditions of the waiver during online registration.

2020 Prize Package

Package Sponsors listed below
ISA Michigan is pleased to announce the 2020 ArborMaster Climbing Kit Prize Package for the Tree Climbing Champion (TCC), held in conjunction with the chapter’s 2020 Tree Climbing Championship (TCC) event.

This climbing kit is being offered to each chapter champion (both man and woman, if applicable)!
The package is intended to help equip the chapter representative(s) for the International Tree Climbing
Championship (ITCC) Competition.

Each prize package includes:
• Buckingham’s Tree Squeeze and a 150’ Rope Bag
• Silky’s GunFighter Curve 330mm
• OREGON® ‘s Tool Bag
• Samson’s ArborMaster 150’ Hawkeye Climbing Line with eye splice
• ArborMaster® - 50% savings for a 2-Day or 3-Day Hands-On Training Module