European Tree Climbing Championships


The Strandbad in Thun, Switzerland is the site for the European Tree Climbing Championships (ETCC) sponsored by STIHL.

The ETCC, took place on September 7 and 8, showcased the top professional tree climbers from across Europe and is hosted by the Swiss Arborist Association (Bund Schweizer Baumpflege).

This unique event is part of the International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) Tree Climbing Championship Series and will follow rules established by the ISA that test the competitors’ ability to professionally and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tasks
in a timely manner. Events are designed to simulate tasks that professional tree climbers may perform in the field while caring for trees.

The ETCC provides a competitive but educational opportunity for arborists in Europe to demonstrate and exchange new climbing techniques, equipment, and safe practices. Male and female competitors perform five different events during the preliminary round of the
competition that demonstrate the difficulty of the tasks and the need for safety. Preliminary events for the ETCC will begin on Saturday at 8:00 am.

The male and female competitors with the highest scores during the preliminary events move on to compete in the Masters’ Challenge competition which will be held on Sunday beginning at 8:30 am. The Masters’ Challenge winners from each division are named the
European champions and qualify to compete for the World Championship in 2014.

Numerous industry sponsors, including Main Event Sponsor STIHL, provide support for the event to help showcase the profession to the public and introduce them to the skills of professional arborists.

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