The Charlotte Arborists Association is bringing the Charlotte Tree Climbing Competition back to Charlotte October 29th to 31st, 2021, at a new location — Historic Elmwood Pinewood Cemeteries, 700 West 6th Street, Charlotte.
This is the first time the competition will take place in Uptown Charlotte. It’s a chance to see some incredible athletes. It’s also a chance to admire the many stately trees in this historic cemetery, which is host to an increasing number of events, fulfilling its original mission as a public space.
Before you go, learn some fascinating facts about this cemetery in our photo guide to Historic Elmwood Pinewood Cemetery (and more).
Saturday would be a great time to come out, especially with kids, as there will be a market, a fun climb for kids, bounce house and more. Read on for the schedule!
Want an idea of what this competition is about? Enjoy this video that we made at the 2019 Charlotte Tree Climbing Competition at Reedy Creek Park.
The Charlotte Arborists Association is a non profit dedicated to helping local arborists and tree lovers connect in the pursuit of safe and effective tree care. Arborists climb trees to tend to their health, and some get pretty competitive about their climbing skills.
Some of the world’s best professional tree climbers (did you know that there are professional tree climbers?) will compete for prizes, bragging rights, and a pretty cool belt buckle. Participants will compete in four categories: Work Climb, Throwline, Open Ascent, and Aerial Rescue.
Top finishers will compete for the title of Master Tree Climbing Champion on Sunday.
Charlotte Tree Climbing Competition Schedule
See the entire schedule on the Facebook event. These are the highlights for the public.
Friday, October 29th, 2021
- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Preliminary climbing events
- 7:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.: Nighttime Open Ascent
Saturday, October 30th, 2021
- 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Preliminary climbing events
- 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Market, food and family fun
Sunday, October 31st, 2021
- 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Masters climbing event
Family Day at the Tree Climbing Competition
Saturday, October 30th, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., is family day. There will be bounce houses, a face painter, and local vendors. Sycamore Brewing will be on site.
Kids can get in the climbing action. Professional Certified Arborists will help climbers into saddles attached to ropes that have been secured up in the crown of the tree, and professional climbing instructors will work with each climber.
Location of Tree Climbing Competition Events
This map of Historic Elmwood Pinewood Cemetery will help you find each event.