ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP
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. They showcase the highest level of professional skills and safety, providing a competitive learning environment for those working in the industry.
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. [https://www.itcc-isa.com/about]
The event is supervised by International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and in accordance with the rules of International Tree Climbing Championships (ITCC). You can find more information here: https://www.itcc-isa.com/
Baltic States Tree Climbing Championship BSTCC is jointly organized by 3 Baltic states Eesti (Estonia), Latvija (Latvia) and Lietuva (Lithuania) since 2012 and is open to all arborists. Lithuania is honored to host BSTCC for the third time. BSTCC 2023 is organized by Lithuanian Arborists Association in cooperation with Samogitian Art Museum, association ISAAKK, Estonian Arboricultural Society and Latvian Arborists Association. The championship will take place on June 8-10, in historical Oginskis Manor Park, Plungė.
The Work Climb Event tests the competitor’s ability to move about the tree using a climbing line and harness. The event setup is the same for both male and female competitors. Each competitor starts from a staging area in the tree and is required to visit five work stations throughout the tree, performing a specified task at each station. Each station in the tree is equipped with a bell (or horn); the competitor shall ring the bell (or sound the horn) before continuing to the next station.
BELAYED SPEED CLIMB
The Speed Climb Event tests the competitor’s ability to climb a predetermined route from the ground to about 18 meters (60 ft) up a tree with a belayed climbing system for safety. The event is timed, and the competitor who reaches and rings the final bell of the course in the least amount of time wins. There could be more than one bell placed in the tree to determine the route; in such an event, the climber shall ring all the bells to complete the event.
Each competitor shall be equipped with, and use, (an):
• approved climbing-style helmet,
• approved eye protection,
• approved tree-climbing harness, and
• appropriate clothing and footwear.
Competitors shall be tied in with an approved climbing line and friction hitch or device at all times. An impartial belayer provides belay for the competitor during the climb.
There will be either three or five Belayed Speed Climb timers. When five timers are available, the high and low times are thrown out, and the remaining three times are averaged to provide the official time.
The event is based purely on time. The fastest competitor to the top is the winner and receives 15 points. The remaining competitors’ scores are calculated by subtracting the fastest competitor’s time (in seconds) from the times of each of the other competitors. For every 2-second difference in time between those scores, 1 point (of the 15 possible points) is deducted from the competitor’s score.
The following infraction will result in a 1-point penalty: Touching branch beyond tape.
Points are earned for speed as well as for meeting predetermined safety objectives. Event Setup: The height can be set from 12 to 25 meters (39 ft, 4.5 in to 82 ft, 0.25 in). The finishing bell shall be installed at a distance of 38 centimeters (15 in) horizontally from the competitor’s line.
The event format is as follows:
At the Event Head Judge’s signal, “Go,” a competitor enters the designated work area. The competitor shall perform a visual tree assessment, install any necessary climbing equipment, and then enter the tree. The competitor proceeds to three work stations in the tree. Each competitor may choose the route and order in which to approach the work stations. At each work station, a competitor should demonstrate the ability to work freely with both hands.