Tree Climbing Championship

2018 MSA Tree Climbing Competition

May 18-20, 2018

Highland Park / St. Paul, MN​​

1200 Montreal Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55116


Climbers will 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 will each receive an ArborMaster® Climbing Prize Package and represent MSA at the 2018 ITCC, August 3-5, in Columbus, OH.  

Second place will represent MSA at the 2018 NATCC, September 29-30, in Providence, RI.


  • All climbers must attend the MANDATORY event walk through and gear inspection on Friday, May 18 at 3:00 PM. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • ​Climbers must register prior to the registration deadline. On-site registration will not be accepted.
  • All climbers must be current members of MSA at the time of registration and competition. If you are not a current member, registration + membership pricing is available at checkout.​​
  • ​Out-of-state climbers may participate in all preliminary events and are eligible to place in these events. Only in-state climbers (those who live, or primarily work in, Minnesota. Employer must be verified.) can advance to the Masters’ Challenge. 
  • If competing in the Masters’ Challenge, climbers must stay for the entirety of the Masters’ Challenge in order to win.​
  • If representing Minnesota at ITCC or NATCC, competitors must be current members of the ISA.​​​


Friday, May 18

8:00 am – 9:30 am – Head Judges and Technicians Meeting
9:30 am – 3:00 pm – Event set up with Judges/Technicians
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Gear Inspection team meeting
3:00 pm – Competitor Check-in (Please do not arrive earlier than 3:00 and stay well clear of the events during setup)
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Safety Meeting, Event Walk Through, Gear Inspection (MANDATORY for all competitors – NO EXCEPTIONS!)

Saturday, May 19

7:00 am –Begin Competitor/Volunteer check-in
8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Preliminary Events
5:30 pm – Social and Awards Ceremony – Location TBD​

Sunday, May 20

7:30 am – Masters’ Challenge Judges, Techs, Volunteers Check-in
8:30 am – Masters’ Challenge Competitor Check-in
10:00 am – Masters’ Challenge Events (Alternates between competitors: Male, Female, Male, Female, etc.​)