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The Texas Tree Climbing Championship


The 2014 Championship will be in New Braunfels
May 15-17, 2014

"Let's Gather at the River"

Contact Kevin Bassett (972) 877-0358 for more information
Click here for Sponsor or Exhibitor information



2013 Results:

Congratulations to the
2013 TTCC Champion: Miguel Pastenes 


It was a great competition - Click here for the results

Click here for the pictures



May 17 &18, 2013
and Pre-Competition Workshop
May 16, 2013

Bob Woodruff Park,

2601 San Gabriel Drive
Plano, Texas

Come to Plano and see if you have what it takes to be the next Texas Tree Climbing Champion! The Texas Tree Climbing Championship is a gathering of the top tree workers in the state.. At the event, they show their tree climbing skills and abilities with a series of competitive events. Join us to learn new techniques, make new friends, visit with old friends, lend advice and win great prizes. The winner will be named Texas State Champion and will represent our state at the International Tree Climbing Championship in Toronto, Canada this summer.

Registration for the competition is closed

Registration for the pre-competition workshop is onsite

 The competition is made up of 5 preliminary events:

  • Throwline -- tests a climber’s ability to install a climbing line high in the tree.
  • Belayed speed climb -- hand over hand climbing to the top of a 50 foot tree. This is a pure power house event.
  • Footlock -- like climbing the rope in gym class, only the rope is 1/2″ thick and there are no knots to grab. This is a balance of skill, calmness, agility and pure strength. See a video here.
  • Aerial rescue -- a 150 pound sand-filled dummy is set in a tree in a simulated injury -- rescue scenario. The climber must assess the situation and safely bring the injured climber to the ground. See a video here.
  • Work climb -- We set four stations in the tree, climber’s time starts when they are already in the top of the tree and finish when they are on the ground and unclip from their gear. See a video here.
    • hand bell station -- climbers simply ring a bell with a hand saw carried on their harness.
    • pole saw station -- climbers use a pole saw (already hanging in the tree) to ring a bell.
    • limb toss -- using a short piece of pvc pipe that simulates a branch, climbers, toss the limb into a target painted on the ground (as if to avoid dropping a branch on a customers prized rose bush!).
    • limb walk -- a plum-bob is hung from the end of a long low branch. Climbers must climb out to the end of the limb and ring a bell without putting too much weight on the limb. You have to put all your weight in the saddle vs. standing on the limb. If you put too much weight on the limb, the plum-bob will drop and set off a buzzer!

The top 5 finishers from the preliminary events quality to compete in the Master's Challange where the winner earns the right to compete in the international event in Toronto later this summer.  The Master's Challenge combines all the skills from the preliminary rounds into one big climb.

2013 Pre-Competition Workshop with Mark Chisholm (Thursday)

May 16

Bob Woodruff Park, 2601 San Gabriel Drive, Plano, Texas

$60 Reg. Fee

Thursday, May 16
Aerial Rescue Workshop
By Mark Chisholm

8:00am - 8:30  Check in & late registration
8:30 - 3:30 Workshop

Workshop Topics:
Introduction/ theory 
How we respond to stressful situations
What types of incidents occur in arboriculture
Who performed AR?
Time factor

Indentifying generic AR scenarios
AR procedures
Medical aspects
Suspension trauma
How does the orientation of a fall influence the forces imposed on the body


Planning for emergency
(outdoors after the break)
Pre-climb contingency planning in regards to the site
Documentation on site
Contents of first aid kit
What do you carry on your harness that you could use in an AR situation?
Discussion about the different types of ascent systems, and their advantages and disadvantages. 
Demonstration of of AR scenarios

Self rescue

Basic rescue: Descent with two systems, transfer into one system
Complex rescue: introduction of a range of techniques for lifting in injured person, and we take a closer look at types of complex rescue situations, such as
access line rescue pole rescue
Discussion of how these techniques can be used in daily work

Click here for the registration brochure


2013 Texas Tree Climbing Championship Participant Schedule

This is a 2-day event with all five preliminary events starting on Friday. Six climbers per group will rotate through events and  groups will be pre-drawn; each group will draw numbers for starting order. Climber rotation will change with each event.

Saturday events may run ahead of schedule depending on the progress of preliminary events on Friday. If we finish Friday, the Master’s Challenge may start earlier on Saturday.


May 17-18

Bob Woodruff Park, P;ano

Friday May 17 Day One - Preliminary Events
8am Check in at sequester area, gear check, assign groups
10am Event walk through
11:30 Lunch with vendors
12:30pm Start preliminary events
6pm Announce finalists

Saturday May 18 Day Two - Masters Challenge
8:00am  Finish preliminary events
11:00am  Announce Master's Challenge competitors and preliminary winners, recognize sponsors
12:00 Master's Competition begins (and lunch)
4:30pm  Finish

2013 Texas Tree Climbing Competition
Important Competitor Information
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The Texas Tree Climbing Championship is a lot of fun, but in order for the day to go smoothly and safely, it is important that everyone agrees to any and all rules. If you are mailing in your entry and waiver forms, please be sure they are completed in full, and are legible for staff to read.

EVENT INFORMATION: The competition takes place on Friday and Saturday, May 17th and 18th. You must attend the mandatory meeting on Friday, May 17th at 8:00 a.m. sharp at Bob Woodruff Park. If you experience difficulty arriving to roll call on time, or feel that there will be an issue with arriving on time, please call Kevin Bassett (972-877-0358) with a valid reason (emergencies only). Time is critical to running an efficient competition. If you are not present for roll call, you will be disqualified and your entry fee forfeited. If you are not present with your rotation group when you name is called at any individual event, you will be disqualified from that event.

GEAR INSPECTION: You must bring all gear you intend to use, as it will be subject to inspection at 8:00 a.m. sharp on Friday, May 17th. You will have until the start of the competition (10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 17th) to replace any unapproved equipment. All equipment for life support must meet ANSI standards. Sharing equipment is allowed, but not recommended, as you will be divided into rotation groups and will be expected to stay with your group.

UNDERSTANDING RULES: Rules of the competition will follow the 2012 International Tree Climbing Championship standards and regulations published by ISA as closely as local restrains allow. They are available online at It is the contestants' responsibility for his or her own safety to know the rules. You will be allowed to ask questions about rules during the mandatory meeting, however, since the rule book is available to you before the competition, and since time is pressing during competition set up, please be sure any and all questions are not already clearly explained in the ITCC rule book. If you cannot access these rules online, please call Kevin Bassett (972-877-0358) at least 3 weeks prior to the competition.

COMPETITOR DETAILS: The Texas Tree Climbing Championship welcomes all of those whom are interested in competing, but since the winner of the competition will represent the Texas Chapter at the International Tree Climbing Championship, only Texas residents can be declared winner. Those who reside outside of Texas can enter to compete, but no matter what they place in the preliminary events, they will not be permitted into the Master's Challenge. All scores for out-of-state competitors will be held separately of the Texas resident competitors. The Texas Chapter encourages and gladly welcomes any and all women to compete in the Texas Tree Climbing Championship. All women competitors will be held to the same standard of individual events as male competitors.

WINNERS: The winner of the 2013 Texas Tree Climbing Championship will have airfare and hotel paid for to attend the 2013 International Tree Climbing Championship (to be held on August 3rd and 4th, in Toronto, Canada). If the 2013 winner is not able to attend the ITCC, then the second place winner will be granted permission to represent the Texas Chapter, with airfare and hotel paid for. You must be a member of the International Society of Arboriculture (not just Texas Chapter Member) to compete at the International competition. All declared winners that are going to compete in the International Tree Climbing Championship should be aware that our Texas Chapter rules may vary slightly from those of the International Championship.

Other TTCC Information

The International Tree Climbing Competition Home Page


1983-2012 Texas Champions


Texas Tree Climbing Championship pictures

For more info contact:
Kevin Bassett
2013 TTCC Chair

Kevin Bassett 

Arborilogical Services
(972) 877-0358

2013 Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information (click here)

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2013 ArborMaster Climbing Kit Prize Package

The ISAT is pleased to announce the 2013 ArborMaster Climbing Kit Prize Package for the Texas Tree Climbing Champion. The package is intended to help equip the ISAT Chapter representative for the International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) Competition.

Each prize package includes:  

  • Petzel Vertex Helmet with Professional Hearing Protection, Eye Protection and Climbing Gloves provided by Husqvarna
  • 150’ ArborMaster® Climbing Line with eye splice from Samson
  • Silky Sugoi 360mm Saw
  • Buckingham $50 Gift Certificate

  • OREGON® POWERsharp® Precision Saw Chain Sharpening System

  • ArborMaster® Rope Friction Saver by Buckingham

  • 50% savings for an ArborMaster® 2-Day or 3-Day Hands-On Training Module

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