Lambuth College, Jackson
2012: Ellington Agricultural Center, Nashville
2011: Ellington Agricultural Center, Nashville
2010: East Lake Park, Chattanooga
2009: Centennial Park, Nashville
2008: Lakeview Park, Knoxville
2007: Memphis Botanic Garden, Memphis
2006: Hadley Park, Nashville
2005: Memphis Botanic Garden, Memphis
2004: Ellington Ag. Center, Nashville
2003: Warner Park, Chattanooga
2002: Centennial Park, Nashville
2001: Lake Shore Park, Knoxville
2000: Cheekwood Botanic Garden, Nashville
1999: Centennial Park, Nashville
The annual statewide competition conducted 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.
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.
Contestants compete in five preliminary events:
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.