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Last Updated:  27/02/2017

The Arboricultural Association’s 3ATC college and UK Open climbing competitions are back for 2017, so sign up now!

The AA College Climbing Competitions are run by a team of AA volunteers who want to help advance UK climbing practice and safety. This year the Northern and Southern Student events return with the kind sponsorship of equipment supplier Gustharts. Colleges are encouraged to bring two teams, each of three students. Group 1 is for team members with less than one year’s practical climbing experience; each competitor will have to climb with either a Prusik or Blakes hitch system. Group 2 teams must consist of students with less than two years’ practical climbing experience and they may climb on any AA-approved hitch system. There will be prizes for the winning teams as well as their representing college in each year category.

At The ARB Show, the UK Open Arboricultural Association Arborists’ Tree Challenge (3ATC) sponsored by returns to test the mettle of climbers over three different skill categories. Novice, Expert and Premier climbers will battle it out in one of the UK’s most popular climbing championships. Last year over 70 competitors took part over the two days, and it is their skill and daring which make the challenge a perennial crowd favourite at The ARB Show.

New kit check and booking rules have been activated for all 2017 climbing competitions. This year, anyone not following the updated requirement of completing their gear check form before the events will be penalised on their final score, and those booking on the day of the events will not receive a goody bag or t-shirt...

To find out the full rules and requirements for the 2017 competitions visit:

3ATC events in 2017

3ATC Northern College Climbing Competition

4 May 2017
Hosted by Reaseheath College, Nantwich

Sponsored by: Gustharts

3ATC Southern College Climbing Competition

24 May 2017
Hosted by Merrist Wood, Guildford, Surrey

Sponsored by: Gustharts

3ATC UK Open

Friday 12 and Saturday 13 May 2017
Hosted by the AA’s ARB Show at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Gloucestershire

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