Tennessee Tree Climbing Championship
The annual statewide competition sponsored by TUFC since 1999 promotes tree care professionalism and safety practices. Contestants compete in five preliminary events and the Master's Challenge for the state title, which includes a berth in the ISA Southern Tree Competition.
Preliminary Events: Contestants compete in five categories.
- Throwline: Accurately and timely hit targets at 40, 50 and 60 feet with a weighted throwline and install climbing liners.
- Belayed Speed Climb: A timed 60-foot climb into a tree with a belayed climbing line.
- Secured Foot Lock: A timed 40-foot climb into the tree using a prusik loop and the footlock climbing technique.
- Work Climb: Move throughout the crown of a tree and perform specified task in a timely manner.
- Aerial Rescue: A simulated accident situation where the contestants must climb a tree to an "injured" worker, secure the victim and lower safely to the wound.
Master's Challenge: The top scorers of the preliminary events compete to determine the champion. The contestants must install a climbing line, complete simulated work events in the tree and return to the ground in a specified time limit. Contestants are judged on their knowledge of climbing techniques, use of equipment, safety, poise, continuity and overall productivity.
Climbers must bring their own hardhat, eye protection, approved climbing saddle and safety lanyard, climbing line with locking snap or carabiner and handsaw with scabbard. Climbers may furnish their own throwlines, prusik loops or figure-8's, or use those supplied by the committee.