2022 Texas Tree Climbing Championship

The 2022 Texas Tree Climbing Championship was held in Cypress Bend Park in New Braunfels on May 20-21, 2022

Congratulations to our 2022 Texas Tree Climbing Competition winners:

Miguel Pastenes and Star Quintero

We had a great contest
Thanks to all our competitors, judges and technicians!


Here are some pictures from the event


Event Information:

The purpose of the Texas 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. Tree climbing competitions under ISA rules are held in countries around the world.

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 and folding chairs and enjoy the competition.

Overview of events:

The Ascent event tests the competitor’s ability to efficiently and safely use their selected and approved ascent system. The event assesses the competitor’s efficiency in attaching the ascent system to the ascent line(s), ascending to the bell, and transferring into a descent system. The actual descent is not part of the event. Points are earned for speed as well as for meeting predetermined safety objectives. Ascent Event Rules and the Ascent Event Visual Guide

The Throwline is a timed event that tests the competitor’s ability to accurately place a throwline and/or climbing line in a tree. Competitors attempt to toss a throwline or climbing line through two of eight targets set in trees. Targets vary in difficulty and number of points earned. Each competitor is allowed unlimited throws within 6 minutes. Highest cumulative points total wins.

The Aerial Rescue event is a timed event that tests the competitor’s ability to climb to and safely lower a 160-pound climber who is unable to descend without assistance. Competitors shall perform a risk assessment, a pre-climb assessment, and an onsite casualty assessment, and should use all relevant techniques to ensure that the rescue process does not exacerbate the pre-decided injury. Points are allocated for performance throughout the event with highest points total winning the event. See a video here.

The Work Climb tests the competitor’s ability to move about the tree using a climbing system. Each competitor starts from a staging area in the tree and is required to visit five work stations throughout the tree, performing a specified task at each station. Competitors earn objective points for successfully completing the task at each station and ringing the bell (or sounding the horn) with either a handsaw, pole pruner, or hand, as indicated. At certain stations, a competitor can earn points for completing the additional tasks. Competitors can also lose points for failing to properly complete certain other tasks. Competitors earn subjective points based on safety, control, style, poise, and creativity at the discretion of the judges. Finally, a competitor can be penalized for unsafe or uncontrolled acts at the discretion of the Event Head Judge that could result in disqualification. The time limit for this event is 5 minutes. See a video here.

The Speed Climb tests the competitor’s ability to climb a predetermined route from the ground to 50 feet up a tree with a belayed climbing system for safety. The event is timed, and the competitor who reaches and rings the final bell of the course, in the least amount of time wins.

Final: The Masters’ Challenge is the final round of the competition. The top men and top women finishers from the preliminary events advance to the Masters’ Challenge to compete for the title. The Masters’ Challenge is designed to judge the competitors’ overall productivity and skill. Competitors are judged and scored on their knowledge and their ability to demonstrate mastery of different climbing techniques, use of equipment, poise in the tree, and safe working practice.

This year’s competition:

Mandatory gear inspection will be held on Thursday evening, May 19, at 5:00 pm at the Pavillion in Cypress Bend Park. Any competitor who is unable to arrive by 5:00 pm should contact Kirsten Schneider at 512.964.9573 to request an accommodation.

The preliminary events will be held on Friday and the finals will be held on Saturday in Cypress Bend Park. You are to arrive for the event walk-through at Cypress Bend Park Pavillion on Friday, May 20th at 7:30 a.m. sharp. If you are experiencing difficulty arriving to roll call on time, please call Markus Smith 512-467-8733. If you are not present for roll call, you will be disqualified, and your entry fee forfeited. If you are not present with your rotation group when your name is called at any individual event, you will be disqualified from that event. All preliminary events are to conclude by the end of the day on Friday, May 20th, weather permitting. The Master’s Challenge will be held on Saturday, May 21. These events will be open to the public, so please feel free to bring family and friends!

Be sure to sign the release form. You may not compete in the Texas Chapter Competition unless we have the insurance acknowledgement and the release form signed by you. You will be asked to sign these documents upon registration on the day of preliminaries, or you may also bring them with you already signed.

You will also find a blank gear inspection form, a completed example gear inspection form (including a brief understanding of the gear inspection process), as well as an electronic copy of the most recent rulebook on the ISAT Tree Climbing Championship web page. In order to streamline the gear inspection process, we ask that you please fill out the gear check form before you arrive on May 19th. If you have questions, help will be on site to assist.

Winners of the 2022 Texas Tree Climbing Championship competition will qualify to compete at the 2022 North American Tree Climbing Championship.

2022 Prize Package

The Texas Chapter ISA is pleased to announce the 2022 ArborMaster Climbing Kit Prize Package for the Tree Climbing Champions.

This climbing kit is being offered to the Texas Chapter champion (both man and woman)! 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 Sugoi Professional 390-33 Hand Saw
• Buckingham Mfg’s Tree Squeeze 2.0 & BuckPack Pro
• Greenworks Commercial Logo’ed 20-Can Backpack Cooler
• OREGON’s Pazado M CRKT – Columbia Knife & Tool with frame lock, titanium nitride coated blade and stainless steel handle & OREGON logo’d Red Tool Bag
• Vermeer Logo’ed 16oz Perka Kerstin 16oz Stainless Steel Mug with molded cork base
• Samson Rope’s New 11.5mm ARBORMASTER® Wildcat 150′ Climbing Line
• All Access Equipment Logo’ed 20oz Yeti Rambler
• ArborMaster® – 50% savings for a 2-Day or 3-Day Hands-On Training Module

Contact Markus Smith, Chair at markusloud@gmail.com or 512.467.8733 or Jackson McIntosh, Head Judge at mcintosh8@hotmail.com or 512.740.0541 for more information

See you in New Braunfels!

Click here to see the 2021 Texas Tree Climbing Championship and Arbor Fair Information Page


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