2023 Tree Climbing Championship & Festival of Trees

May 19-21, 2023
​Sturges Park, Buffalo
401 Lake Blvd S, Buffalo, MN 55313 

Climber registration is now closed. 


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

Click here for the 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.

​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), September 11-13, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 


Returning this year is the Minnesota Festival of Trees! This free,  public event will take place from 10am – 3pm on Saturday and feature many tree and park-related activities, including a fun climb, bucket truck rides, food vendors, educational exhibits, and so much more.  Held in conjunction with the MN TCC, it’s a fun-filled event for all to enjoy! Click here for a list of all the happenings.

2023 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (Updated as of 05/09/23)*

​Thursday, May 18

8:00 am – 4:00 pm  |  Preliminary Setup Day with Judges/Technicians 

Friday, May 19

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

Saturday, May 20

6:00 am – 7:00am  |  Competitor and Volunteer Check-in and Pre-Stage 
7:00 am – 5:00 pm  |  Preliminary Events 
10:00 am – 3:00 pm  |  FESTIVAL OF TREES (Ceremonial tree planting at 11:00!)​
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm  |  TCC Awards Reception  

Sunday, May 21**

7:00 am  |  Masters’ Challenge Judges, Techs, Volunteers Check-in
8:00 am  |  Masters’ Challenge Competitor Check-in
9:00 am  |  Masters’ Challenge Events ​

*All times are subject to change. **Masters’ Challenge start times will depend on results from Saturday.


  • Register online by Friday, April 28. Onsite registration will not be accepted.
  • Climbers must attend the mandatory event walk-through and gear inspection on Friday, May 20 at 3:00 pm. No exceptions!
  • Climbers must be a current individual member of MSA at the time of registration and the competition. If you are not currently a member, you can purchase membership during online registration. (Not sure of your membership status? Log into 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. ​
  • Climbers must read through the Schedule, TCC Policy, & Anti-Harassment Policy below before registering ​​


​A block of rooms have been set aside at the Country Inn & Suites in Buffalo. Reserve by May 1 to receive the group rate.

​​Country Inn & Suites ​
1002 Hwy 55E, Buffalo, MN 55313

Group Rate: ​​​Friday Night – $169.00 + tax. Saturday Night – $199.00 + tax. Reserve by May 1, 2023, to receive the group rate.

To reserve by phone: Call 763-682-5660. Use the Code: “TCC” to receive your discounted group rate.
To reserve online: radissonhotelsamericas.com, promo code “TCC”