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 19, 2015
Prospect Park
150 E 22nd St, Holland, MI

Holland, MI 

Tentative Agenda

Friday, September 18-

  • 4:30pm Climber walk thru at Prospect Park
  • 4:00-5:30pm Climber registration at Prospect Park
  • 5:30-7:00pm Gear Check for Climbers at Prospect Park
  • 6:30-8:30pm Volunteer Recognition Dinner at BAM. (Ticketed event)

Saturday, September 19-

  • 8:00am MTCC Competition begins
  • 10:00am-3:00pm Arbor Fair open & Kid's Climb
  • 3:30pm Master's Challenge begins


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

Fees - Register by August 28 and save $25.

  • $125 ASM Member
  • $175 Non Member



Host Hotel

Doubletree by Hilton

650 E 24th St,
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-394-0111

Guest rate is $97 plus tax.  Please mention ASM when booking your room. Please reserve your room by August 28 to guarrentee rates and availability.



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

Phone: 616-994-0400 

Free Breakfast, Wi-Fi, pets allowed.

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

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:(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 (upated 9/14/15)

WE ARE FULL!  Thanks for your support!

In general, 50 volunteers are needed for judging events and helping onsite.  If you are interested, for the 2016 & 2017 events in Midland, MI 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: 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.



2014  Kevin Bingham - Singing Tree

2013  Jack Richardson - Guardian Tree Experts LLC





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