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HomeTree 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.

  • 2024 - Holland, MI - September 20-22 (30th Anniversary)
  • 2025 - September 19-21 Dates tentative and location TBA
  • 2026 - September 18-20 Dates tentative and location TBA
  • 2027 - September 17-19 Dates tentative and location TBA
MTCC In the News

See the ITCC Event in Action 

Photo Albums
The Michigan Tree Climbing Championship is a statewide 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. 

2023 Michigan Tree Climbing Championship-Holland-WoodTV
2022 Michigan Tree Climbing Championship-Belle Isle-CBS News
2021 Michigan Tree Climbing Championship on Belle Isle-WDIV Channel 4
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.

Check out the photos from previous years events here.

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!

  • The Climbing Competition is a 2.5-day event. Friday is a half day from 12:00-5:00pm running one or two Preliminary events; Saturday will finish the Preliminary events and host the Preliminary event Awards reception; and the Master's Challenge will be held on Sunday from 9:00am-12:00pm.
  • The Event includes hand washing stations, online registration and waiver signing, and extra cleaning of the bathroom facilities.

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


Package Sponsors listed below
ISA Michigan is pleased to announce the 2024 ArborMaster Climbing Kit Prize Package for the Tree Climbing Champion (TCC), held in conjunction with the chapter’s 2024 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:
  • Silky's new Zubat Professional 330mm Hand Saw
  • Buckingham Mfg's Tree Squeeze3.0 & ArborAir™ Tree Climber Kit
  • Greenworks Commercial Logo’ed 12oz Stainless Steel Mug 
  • OREGON® Professional Maintenance Kit & OREGON® Logo’ed Backpack
  • Vermeer Logo’ed 27oz BPA-free Eastman Tritan copolyester bottle w/threaded snap-fit lid, carrying strap
  • Portable Winch RopeWizer™ - The Easy Splice
  •  ArborMaster® - 50% savings for a 2-Day or 3-Day Hands-On Training Module