Tree Climbing Championship

May 15-17, 2020 – CANCELED

​Oak Hill Park / St. Louis Park
3201 Rhode Island Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55426

After careful consideration, MSA and the TCC committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 competition.   

2019 Results

Women’s Dividsion: Danielle Ringle
Men’s Division: ​Rob Juetten ​​

Click here to view the full women’s and men’s preliminary results. 


The Minnesota Tree Climbing Championship brings together some of the best true tree care professionals in the state to showcase their climbing skills in a series of competitive events. It’s a fun-filled event that the whole family will enjoy!

​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), along with the ArborMaster Climbing Kit Prize Package

Second place winners win the opportunity to represent MSA at the North American Tree Climbing Championship (NATCC).


Thursday, May 2

3:00 pm – Event set up with Judges/Technicians 

Friday, May 3

8:00 am – 9:30 am – Head Judges and Technicians Meeting
9:30 am – 3:00 pm – Event set up with Judges/Technicians
3:00 pm – Competitor Check-in
3:30 pm – 8:00 pm – MANDATORY – Safety Meeting, Event Walk Through, Gear Inspection 

Saturday, May 4

6:00 am – 7:30 pm –  Competitor/Volunteer Check-in
7:30 am – Competitors prestage
8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Preliminary Events
9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Arbor Day Celebration Activities
5:30 pm –Awards Social, Eden Prairie Senior Center

Sunday, May 5

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.​)


All competing climbers must:​

  • Register online by Friday, April 19.  Onsite registration will not be accepted!
  • Attend the MANDATORY event walk through and gear inspection on Friday, May 3 at 3:00 PM. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Be a current member of MSA at the time of registration and competition. If you are not currently a member, registration + membership pricing is available at checkout (Not sure of your current membership status? Login to your ISA account or email MSA to check).​
  • 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.