Come early for the Day of Safety

Spend the morning outside with tree care pros Matt Meckley and Jared Abrojena. Safety is always a top priority in tree care. This year’s Day of Safety will focus on systems, loads and responses. Come on out and join us for the day.


8:00amClimbing System Compatibility 
9:00amLoads and Forces in Tree Work
10:15amAerial Rescue Techniques
12:00 pmLunch (Provided)
12:00pmCEU Sign Out
*Please allow up to 6 weeks for processing of CEUs

Speaker Bios:

Matt Meckley

Matt is a hazard tree feller and climber working out of Oregon.  He has traveled working up and down the west coast working on fire prevention. Additionally, he works as a trainer for The Academy and runs his own crews.

Jared Abrojena

Jared is a 9-time WCTCC climbing champ, co-owner of Evergreen Tree Care, and a founder of Academy-Trained with 23 years of experience. His passion for the arboricultural industry, as well as expertise, has preceded him. In 2019, Jared was able to watch one of his dreams come true when he, along with business partners, founded training company, Academy-Trained. Jared’s goal has always been to provide professional hands-on training in controlled environments.  While teaming up with other professionals with the same vision and values, Jared and the Academy’s continuous mission is to Elevate the Standard through safety, training, and innovation.


It’s going to be a good one.

Get your Climb on!

Competitor and Volunteer registration is now open
Due to high demand for the 30 contestant slots available, the selection of participants for this year’s tree climbing competition will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. – Note: 5 may be reserved for Women’s Heat.  An additional 5 stand by contestant names will be taken in the order received.

Click link below to save your spot!!



More details found on the Climber/Volunteer Info page

We have lots of space for exhibits and sponsors. Get the details on the Sponsor/Exhibit Page

We are back for 2022

We are excited to be back for 2022 – join us in Balboa Park on Father’s Day weekend as we rekindle our friendships and cheer for our favorite climbers – – – better yet, jump in and compete along side 2019 Champions Chad Brey and Kate Miller.

We will be revisiting the site of the 2019 NATCC – the trees and setting were so amazing. We are excited for our local climbers to have the chance to compete in them.

Historic Balboa Park – 6th & Laurel, San Diego, California

June 18-19, 2022

Registration will open 5/15/2022 – check back soon!

Update on 2021 WTCC

A message from Philip Ruiz, WCTCC Chair regarding the Cancellation of the 2021 Western Chapter Tree Climbing Championship

We regret to inform our WCTCC climbing family and community we have made the tough decision to cancel the 2021 Western Chapter TCC.

We have been monitoring the situation with COVID 19, State and County regulations, vaccines, etc. And although we cannot wait to gather again, the physical nature of the WCTCC event leads to the decision to hold off another year. ISA just announced they have also canceled the ITCC and regional competitions for 2021. The next ITCC will be held in September 2022 in Copenhagen Denmark.

A huge thanks to all the climbers, sponsors, volunteers, WCTCC committee and spectators that support the WCTCC. We truly look forward to seeing everyone compete, volunteer and the opportunity to catch up with our “tree family” in 2022.

In the meantime, work and stay safe.


Update on WCTCC

The WCTCC was scheduled to take place at UC Davis in Nor Cal this year June 5th through the 7th, Friday the 5th being the day of safety, followed by two amazing days of competition. UC Davis contacted us and wanted to push the event back to the end of June since the university and area could not allow gatherings of more than 50 people. Since then rules of social distancing have gotten stricter because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The International Society of Arboriculture has canceled the International Tree Climbing Competition (ITCC) in Albuquerque New Mexico along with many other chapter TCCs, and the North American Tree Climbing Competition (NATCC) has been moved to February 2021.

The decision is to cancel the 2020 WCTCC for the safety of everyone. This decision did not come easy, just as all other ISA and WCISA events were not easy decisions to cancel.

The safety of the climbers, climber’s families, judges, volunteers and all the spectator comes first, if it is in the trees, the setup, the equipment or the trees themselves. This pandemic has affected us all but we will be back in 2021 with another amazing WCTCC.


Philip Ruiz,  WCTCC Chair



Thanks to our 2019 Sponsors

BannerWe had such an amazing weekend!  Thanks to all the volunteers that came out to pitch in and make it special.   We could not do it without the tribe that pulls it all together!   This years sponsors include:

Day of Safety program provided by ETC Soilutions

Event SponsorsThrowline – Friends of Phil’s Stache (Michael Binger); BelayBrightviewAscentBrightview; Aerial RescueTree Care Industry Association; Work ClimbArborwear

Master’s Climb – Bishop Company and Arbormaster prize package

Medals provided by West Coast Arborists, Inc.

Catering provided by Dutch Oven Dinners – sponsored by Western Tree Equipment and RDO/Vermeer.

Breakfast for Climbers and Judges sponsored by Ned Klamfoth Tree Service

Sponsoring Exhibits include:  Altas Tree, Cal-Line Equipment, Clogger, Echo, RDO Vermeer and Western Tree Equipment

Additional Prizes provided by Ned Klamfoth Tree Service, Edelrid, Designs By deVries, ArbPro, Truewerk, Teufelberger, Petzl and