Michigan Tree Climbing Championship

The purpose of the Michigan Tree Climbing Championship is to provide a competitive learning environment for those working in the industry and to showcase the highest level of professional skills and safety.This event is open to the public at no cost. See details below for more information.

September 27, 2014
Prospect Park
150 E 22nd St, Holland, MI

Holland, MI 


Friday, September 26 -

  • 4:45 Climber walk thru at Prospect Park
  • 5:30 Climber registration at Doubletree
  • 6:04 pm MTCC Anniversary dinner at Doubletree
  • 6:30-8:30am Gear Check for Climbers at Doubletree by Hilton

Saturday, September 27-

  • MTCC begins at 7:30am & Master's Challenge begins at 3:30
  • Arbor Fair open from 10am-3pm
  • Kids Climb runs 10am-3pm
  • Tree Plantings at 10am and 12pm
  • Bluegrass band plays from 1-4pm



  • Work Climb
  • Ascent "Footlock"
  • Belayed Speed Climb
  • Aerial Rescue
  • Throw-line

Fees - Register by September 1 and save $25.

  • $100 ASM Member
  • $150 Non Member


Hotel Accommodations

Host Hotel
Best Western Plus - approx 4 miles from Prospect Park
2888 West Shore Dr.
Holland, MI 49423

TEL: 616-994-0400 

Rate: 89.99 plus tax.  Mention Group Code MTCC to receive reduces rates. Free Breakfast, Wi-Fi, pets allowed.

Residence Inn Holland - approx 2.8 miles from Prospect Park
631 South Point Ridge Rd.
Holland, MI 49423
TEL: 616-393-6900

Rate: $104 plus tax. Mention Group Code ASM to receive the reduced rates. All rooms are suites with a full kitchen and separate sleeping and living areas. Amenities include indoor pool, fitness center, in suite DVRs, and free Internet. Residence Inn Holland offers free full breakfast daily and hospitality hour (Monday-Wednesday)

Holland State Park - Camping

2215 Ottawa Beach Road
Holland, MI 49424
Phone Number: (616) 399-9390

Holland State Park offers an expansive, sandy beach along Lake Michigan, two large campgrounds and a beautiful view of sailboats and sunsets. The park is divided into two separate units; one along Lake Michigan and the other along Lake Macatawa.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for judging events and helping onsite.  If you are interested, please contact Bob Hunt, MTCC Chair at hunt@hope.edu or call 616-218-0201.

Information for the Public 

Professional tree climbing competitions are held around the world to provide a platform for arborists to learn about the latest in climbing techniques and innovations in equipment. The competitions simulate working conditions of arborists in the field. Male and female competitors perform five different events during preliminary rounds. Each event tests a competitor's ability to professionally, and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner.

Competitive tree climbing also introduces the public to the skills professional tree climbing arborists must use for safe, professional tree work. Bring your picnic supplies, chairs, and warm blankets to the competition and enjoy the competition.

Preliminary Qualifying Events

Competitors are scored individually in each event: CPR/First Aid, Aerial Rescue, Work Climb, Ascent "Footlock", Belayed Speed Climb, and Throwline. The competitor with the highest score is the winner of that event. First, second, and third place for men and women are awarded for each event.

Competitors’ total scores for all six events are combined and the male and female competitors with the highest combined score from the preliminary events move on to the Masters’ Challenge Championship.


Information on the April 26, 2014 event which awarded our 2013 Champion.  Check on the media highlights at the bottom of the page.


April 26, 2014

W.K.Kellogg Biological Station-MSU
3700 East Gull Lake Dr.
Hickory Corners, MI 49060

And the winners are...

(from left to right: Charity Barnes, Jack Richardson, Jake Carufel, Rich Ellison)


 Jack Richardson - Guardian Tree Experts LLC
Jack Richardson, Guardian Tree Experts LLC - 1st Place Overall
Rich Ellison, Kappen Tree Service - 2nd Place Overall
Jake Carufel, Kappen Tree Service - 3rd Place Overall
Charity Barnes, Guardian Tree Experts LLC - 1st Place Overall

If you missed the media coverage on the event, click on the links below.  Competitors and volunteers were acknowledged.






The Sunday Look - video/article 









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