The Prairie Chapter Tree Climbing Championship

August 23-25, 2024 | Hextall Park, Calgary, Alberta

Tree climbing competitions simulate the working conditions of arborists in the field. Competitors perform in five events during preliminary rounds to qualify for the Masters Challenge. 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.

Preliminary Qualifying Events

Competitors will be  judged by their speed of ascension, agility and accuracy.

  • Work Climb: Contestants climb to five stations in a tree, performing a different task at each station. 
  • Aerial Rescue: Contestants reach and safely lower an injured climber (actually a life-sized mannequin).
  • Throwline: Tests contestants’ ability to accurately place lines 30 – 60 feet up in a tree. 
  • Belayed Speed Climb: Contestants ascend a predetermined route from ground to about 60 feet. 
  • Ascent Event: Measures climber’s ability to perform a 50 foot vertical ascent.

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 five events are combined and the male and female competitors with the highest combined score from the preliminary events move on to the Masters’ Challenge.

Masters' Challenge

The Masters’ Challenge event is the championship round of the competition and is designed to judge the contestant’s overall productivity and skill with a rope and saddle in the tree. The stations are similar to the Work Climb Event stations.

The winners of the Masters’ Challenge are named Prairie Chapter Tree Climbing Champions and move on to represent the Prairie Chapter at the International Tree Climbing Competition hosted by the International Society of Arboriculture.

Schedule of Events

Friday, August 23, 2024

  • Climber check-in, equipment check, and Ascent Event Live Demo. Mandatory for ALL climbers.
  • Event orientation. Mandatory for ALL climbers and judges.

Saturday, August 24, 2024

  • Preliminary events followed by supper and presentation of preliminary awards. Competitors who qualified for the Masters’ Challenge will be announced.

Sunday, August 25, 2024

  • Masters Challenge Competition followed by the event volunteer & sponsor recognition and awards ceremony where the Prairie Chapter Tree Climbing Champions will be announced.

Registration Fee

  • $100 – ISA Prairie Chapter Member
  • $230 – Non-member (includes a Prairie Chapter Membership)

*Climbers must have a valid individual Prairie Chapter Membership to compete. Working for an organization or an individual who is a member does not qualify.

*Registration is limited to the first 40 paid registrants.

Registration will open soon!