Utah's best tree climbers are coming together May 17 and 18 at the Utah Community Forest Council/International Society of Arboriculture Utah Chapter's 19th Annual Tree Climbing Championship.

The event will be held at Pioneer Park, 400 W. 400 South, SLC.

Climbers will compete for the title of Utah Champion by performing five climbs: Work Climb, Aerial Rescue, Belayed Speed Climb, Secured Foot Lock and Throw Line. Each of these climbs tests the climber's ability to quickly, professionally and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks. The top three competitors will compete in the Master's Challenge on Saturday. The champion of this challenge will represent Utah at the 2013 International Tree Climb Competition in Toronto, Canada. 

Competitors must bring boots and a hardhat with a chin strap, double locking carabiners, a throw ball and line, a flip line or lanyard, a climbing saddle and rope, a figure eight descender and a handsaw.

Keep an eye out for the recap video of the event that will be posted on our site next week.  

For more information, visit UtahUrbanForest.org.

Here's the schedule of events: 

Friday, May 17

8 a.m. - Welcome, registration, individual event rules and overview, competitor equipment checks and check-in

Noon -Competitors compete in three events

Saturday, May 18

8 a.m. - Check in

9 a.m. - Climbers compete in two events 

10 a.m. - Children’s Tree Climb 

Noon - Event Scoring, drawings and Big Shot Challenge

1 p.m. - Master’s Challenge 

3 p.m. - Awards Ceremony