Ohio TCC

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Championship has been Cancelled
Check back later for 2021 Dates

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.

The purpose of the Ohio Tree Climbing Championship (Ohio TCC) is to provide a competitive learning environment for individuals working in the industry and to showcase the highest level of professional skills and safety. 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 blankets and enjoy the competition. This event is open to the public at no cost.

Preliminary Qualifying Events

Competitors are scored individually in each event: Aerial Rescue, Work Climb, Ascent, 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 from the preliminary events move on to the Masters’ Challenge Championship. Masters’ Challenge competitors must have completed at least 3 of the 5 stations.

For the

This event is FREE and open to the Public.  We encourage you to bring chairs or blankets and stay for the day. A food truck will be on-site where you can also purchase food and beverages or bring your picnic basket.

Ohio TCC is an outdoor event making use of the natural surroundings at the park for a unique experience.  Please dress for the weather, walking, and possible insects.  

Experience the Arbor Fair – a free public event for kids and adults offering up education on trees and industry equipment, as well as many other fun activities and exhibits!

Past & Future Dates & Locations

  • 2021 – Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland, OH – TBD
  • 2020 – Cancelled due to COVID-19
  • 2019 – Ault Park, Cincinnati, OH – April 13
  • 2018 – Goodale Park, Columbus, OH – March 24

2022 – Columbus Location to be Determined
2023 – Cincinnati Location to be Determined
2024 – Cleveland Location to be Determined


Climber Materials

Review the following forms for more information on the guidelines for competing.