MSA Tree Climbing Championship &
​Festival of Trees​

May 17-19, 2024
​​Baker Park Reserve // Maple Plain, MN
2309 Baker Park Rd, Maple Plain, MN 55356​

2024 Competitor Information  

  • 60 Climbers will be accepted 
  • The registration deadline is April 26, or when capacity of 60 is reached
  • 60 Climbers will be accepted; a waitlist will be used if capacity is reached
  • Registration for Guest Climbers opens April 15; Up to 5 Guest Climbers will be accepted. 
  • All climbers must be MSA Members to compete.
  • All climbers must pre-register; Late/walk-in registrations, or paying at the door is not allowed.
  • All climbers must be able to attend the mandatory Event Walk-Through and Gear Inspection on Friday, May 17 at 3:00 pm.​
  • Please be sure to review the following materials before registering:​

Camping/Lodging Information

  • Each person is responsible for any lodging accommodations and reservations. 
  • Campsites are available for reservation at Baker Park Reserve​​. 
  • Campers at Baker Park Reserve are encouraged to reserve at the following sites to group TCC’ers together:​
    • ​​For tent camping – Reserve in Loop E​
    • ​For RV electrical hookup – Reserve in Loop D​  
  • Now is not too soon to make your reservation! Act now as this is a popular camping site and often fill in advance! Reservations can be cancelled up to 8-days prior for full refund, less the reservation fee.
  • Click Here for Baker Park Reserve Camping Information & Reservations

2024 Tentative TCC Schedule ​*

Thursday, May 16
8:00 – 4:00 PM  |  Event Setup day – Select Volunteers​

​​Friday, May 17 
8:00 – 1:00 PM  |  Event Set Up – Judges and Techs
1:00 – 3:00 PM  |  Mandatory – Meetings & Set Up for Judges, Techs
​3:00 – 6:00 PM  |  Mandatory – Competitor Check-in, Gear Check and Event Walk Thru with Judges

Saturday, May 18, 2024
6:00 AM  |  Competitor and Volunteer Check-in & Pre-Stage; light breakfast provided
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM  |  Preliminary Events
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM  |  Festival of Trees
~5:00 PM |  Awards Celebration & Dinner​

Sunday, May 19, 2024**
7:00 AM  |  Masters’ Challenge Volunteer Check-in
8:00 AM  |  Masters’ Challenge Competitor Check-in
9:00 AM –   |  Masters’ Challenge (alternate between male, female, male, female, etc.

*Check-in and starting times subject to change. **Masters’ Challenge start times will depend on results from Saturday.

About the Tree Climbing Competition

The MSA Tree Climbing Championship (TCC) brings together some of the best true tree care professionals in the state to showcase their climbing skills in a series of competitive events.

​Climbers compete in five preliminary events on Saturday to qualify as one of the top contestants to earn the right to advance to the championship round – the Masters’ Challenge. The preliminary events include Ascent Event, Belayed Speed Climb, Aerial Rescue, Work Climb and Throwline. Those who have accumulated the highest combined point totals for the five preliminary events advance to the Masters’ Challenge on Sunday.

The first place winners of the Masters’ Challenge for both the men’s and women’s divisions win the opportunity to represent MSA at the International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC)

About the Festival Of Trees

 The Festival of Trees is a free,  public event that takes place on Saturday and features many tree and park-related activities.  Held in conjunction with the MN TCC, it’s a fun-filled event for all to enjoy!  

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Support this exciting and important public-facing annual event! Click here for a list of Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities.

2023 Competition Results

Congratulations to the 2023 Masters’ Challenge Champions!
Women’s Champion: Mariah Lundstrum
Men’s Champion: Scott Ferris​

Click here for the 2023 Preliminary Results