Regional Tree Climbing Competitions Canceled for 2020

Author: Justina Kraus, Owner, Champion Tree Care, LLC, ISA Certified Arborist & Certified Tree Risk Assessor

2020 was going to be the year that SIX tree climbing competitions (TCC) would be held across the PNW-ISA with five regional comps and the annual chapter championships in the fall. Your enthusiastic TCC Committee met in January 2020 to nail down all the dates and places. Idaho was going to host two climbing events this year, a regional and the chapter championships, which hasn’t happened in years!

Different types of prize packages were going to be offered at the various regional events to make it more interesting for competitors. As many women as possible were going to be encouraged to register and compete at the different events. Sponsors and venues were excited to partner with us…but that was before COVID19 entered our lives resulting in cancellations and closures 

Since January, the very fabric of our society has been shifted. As I write this today, instead of planning months in advance, I’m not even sure what my future will hold the day after tomorrow. Instead of life proceeding neatly as planned, there is an ongoing viral storm that requires resilience, adaptability and patience. Attributes that are very much like a tree and ones that I am learning more about daily.

My business is located in Everett, Washington. The first COVID-19 case in the US was in Everett at our nearby Providence hospital. The City of Everett had ordered nonessential businesses to close even before the entire State of Washington closed down with a stay at home Governor’s order. Our tree company stopped working on March 23 and while I’m happy to see that social distancing and shelter in place measures appear to be working in my area, these measure have also led to business closures, unemployment and lay-offs.

Given all of these unknown variables, the TCC Committee found it difficult to move forward with competitions for 2020. We want to give everything time to settle and once comps return, we will make them better than before!

My crystal ball is broken, and my magic 8 ball only offers “better not tell you now” and “try again later”. For now, we are focusing on 2021 comps and encourage everyone to save-the-dates below. As new information regarding TCC schedules or changes becomes available they will be posted on the PNWISA TCC webpage. Questions or comments regarding any and all TCC events can be emailed to

In the meantime, stay safe, go hug a tree since you can’t hug humans, and we look forward to connecting with everyone in 2021.

2021 TCC Competitions

Boise Regional

Date:  May 15, 2021

Portland Regional

Date:  June 12, 2021

British Columbia Regional

Date:  July 10, 2021
Maple Ridge Park, Maple Ridge BC

Puget Sound Regional

Date:  August 28, 2021

PNW-ISA Chapter Tree Climbing Championship

Date:  September 18-19, 2021
Tacoma, WA

Southern Oregon Regional

Date: October 16, 2021
Palmerton Arboretum, Rogue River, OR