Each year, professional tree climbers take to the limbs to vie for a spot in the state-wide PennDel ISA Climbing Competition in State College, PA, for a chance to move on to the National and International ISA Tree Climbing Competitions.
Climbers Compete in the Following Events:
The work climb is designed to judge the contestant’s ability to safely advance through various workstations in the tree while on a rope and saddle. Demonstrated safety, agility, and speed are all factors. Each participant is allowed approximately 5 minutes to demonstrate climbing skills and complete the course. The time ends when the climber unclips their climbing rope from the saddle.
BELAYED SPEED CLIMB
Competitors are timed as they climb a tree for speed to heights of 40-60 feet. Ringing the bell at the top stops the clock. Climbers have a belayed climbing line attached for safety.
Competitors are timed as they perform a vertical ascent into a tree using a Prusik hitch or other approved friction hitch for safety on a doubled climbing line.
Men’s height: 15 meters
Women’s height: 12 meters
Competitors must accurately place throwlines and climbing lines into the tree at heights between 40 and 60 feet. This event demonstrates how climbers place ropes into the tree.
The simulated aerial rescue is designed to measure the ability of each contestant to reach a worker in a tree, inspect for injury, and evacuate the injured worker from a tree to the ground safely, quickly, and efficiently. A stuffed dummy, weighing about 150lbs, is used as the injured worker.