"Tree Climbing" - Art, Science, Sport or All of the Above?
The art of tree climbing has taken off since the ‘last millenium’. Specialised tree climbing equipment and high-quality competitions has seen New Zealand arborists leading the way in climbing competitions and climbing techniques.
New Zealand climbers have been at the forefront of the international scene winning both the Men’s and Women’s ITCC (‘Worlds’) event several times in recent years.
The Tree Climbing
Section focuses on Tree Climbing Competitions (TCCs) both locally and abroad, Rules, NZ Champions, and news, forums and notices about the tree climbing world.
Get involved in a regional or local competition – you can Register for a TCC
Or, if you want to be involved as a volunteer, we’d love to have you help out.
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Within the Tree Climbing Section are the following categories:
TCC Registration - Register for a Regional TCC event
ITCC Rules - The Rules & Regulations from the ISA
TCC Champions - We need judges, techs and other volunteers
TCC Sponsors - NZ Sponsors of Tree Climbing Competitions
- Talk about Tree Climbing... all day everyday!
- News from the climbing world
- Climbing Notifications
- We are always looking for climbing event volunteers
Auckland Regional TCC
- Auckland TCC Event Registration & Results
Waikato/BOP Regional TCC
- Waikato/BOP TCC Event Registration & Results
Wellington Regional TCC
- Wellington TCC Event Registration & Results
South Island Regional TCC
- South Island TCC Event Registration & Results
- National TCC Event Information & Results
- ISA's APTCC Information & Results
- ISA's ITCC Information & Results
- Results from previous NTCCs and other events
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Tree Climbing Competition Event Descriptions
Tree climbing competitions simulate working conditions of arborists in the field. At regional events male and female competitors perform five different event (called Preliminary events). Each event tests a competitor's ability to professionally and safely manoeuvre in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner.
Competitors are scored individually in each event - Aerial Rescue
, Work Climb
, Secured 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 five events are combined and the male and female competitors with the highest combined score win the regional event.
At the National event (NTCC) the top climbers from the preliminary event final table qualify for a winner-takes-all Masters' Challenge - an event like the Work Climb but harder!
The Masters' Challenge consists of one event and competitors are scored on technique and skill within a time constraint. The competitors in this round with the highest score are named the male and female Champions.