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The ARB Show Open

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The ARB Show Open
Climbing Competition 2024

17–18 May 2024

Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8QS

The ARB Show Open Climbing Competition

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The ARB Show Open Climbing Competition is run by a team of Arboricultural Association volunteers who want to try and help advance UK climbing practice and safety. With the help of lecturers, the team have been able to guide and educate hundreds of students, spreading best practice and raising industry standards at a grass roots level.

We we’re pleased to invite climbers of all levels Novice, Expert or Premier to participate in the ARB Show Open 2024 part of the ARB Show. Climbers equipment met competition rules and current best practice and industry standards.

*The ARB Show Open was formerly known as the 3ATC Open

The ARB Show Open Results 2023

Novice Results

Held over Friday and Saturday

Women Time (secs)
Anna Bakewell 315
Nicole Lester 1269
Friday – Novice Time (secs)
1st Christopher Scrivens 430
2nd Nnadi Harriott 465
3rd Daniel Beaumont 386

Expert Results

Expert - Friday Time (secs)
1 Rob Tanulak 187
2 Andrew Brooks 248
3 Marcin Nowak 287
4 Daniel Dominguez 295
5 James Clifton 314
6 Nick Barnes 329
7 Ollie Wild 352
8 Roberto Rotela 363
9 Toby Cheung 376
10 Ryan Dymott 476
Expert - Saturday Time (secs)
1 Paul McBride 162
2 Daniel Mcloughlin 197
3 Joe Davis 225
4 Phill Godber 226
5 Josh Furness 271
6 Harri Hughes 281
7 Jake Fairweather 285
8 Dave Sivell 300
9 George Kneate 328
10 Leon Hottinger 397
11 Peter Goulding 421
12 Jonathan Galley 479
13 Bryn Wilde 495
14 Connor McCule 745
15 Peter Bulman 760

Premier Results

Held over Friday and Saturday

Premier Time (secs)
1 Jordan Dickson 1048
2 Joe Davis 1061
3 Andrew Brooks 2007
4 Paul McBride 2462
5 Josh Furness T/O

Please note:

  • All activities aloft including the Work Climb event must be done with the aid of a work-positioning or fall-protection system, including a backup system.
  • Ticket price includes entry for ARB Show on the day of your climb only.

The ARB Show Open Climber Levels

Climbers equipment must meet current best practice and industry standards covered by LOLER 1998. We will accept entries from trainee climbers but they must make this clear in advance on the day of the event.

We run three separate categories and prizes for this open event Novice, Expert and Premier level. Places are limited due to the number of climbers we can manage each day so advance booking is recommended. Our judges are there to ensure your safety during this event which is scored as much on safe climbing as it is on speed and task control. We would urge participating climbers to download and read the rules and score sheet in advance to give yourself the best chance of winning in your level.

  • All activities aloft including the Work Climb event must be done with the aid of a work-positioning or fall-protection system, including a backup system.
  • Ticket price includes entry for The ARB Show on the day of your climb only.

Novice Climber

Ideal for students or newer climbers this may be the category choice for you. Following several entries from more advanced climbers we are changing the novice category to an optimum time event. We will run the climb and work out what an optimum time would be for a novice climber to carry out the climb correctly and achieve all the stations. This “optimum time” will be kept confidential and at the end of the contest the closest climber to this time will win the event. Unlike the Expert level your climb will not be based on fastest time so should encourage best practice and safe climbing. Your climb will starting from a top station you will complete a number of simple tasks in the canopy before returning to the ground.

Expert Climber

Come on, you have been climbing for a couple of years we know you can do it! This should be a walk in the park for you I know just like another day at work but well worth it for the goodies on offer. This event is based on the fastest safe climber’s time. Your time is reduced for some tasks so make sure you know what to do.

Premier Climber

As a premier climber you should be able to access the tree from the ground install your own anchor point access the trees canopy and finish the climb.

We expect every competitor to follow industry best practice and Health and Safety protocols whilst competing deviation may lead to disqualification.

If time slots are available competitors may enter the event as they wish but must elect their first "scoring" climb in their chosen category this is the only climb that will count towards prizes. Further climbs in other categories may be made to practice or simply to try and beat your own personal best but again the first climb is the only one that will be registered.

This year’s challenge is run on a first come first serve basis so book in early on the day to avoid disappointment. Climbing kit will be available on the day if you fancy your chances and we fit you in.