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UK Open
Climbing Competition 2022

22–23 September 2022


UK Open Climbing Competition

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The UK 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.

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We are inviting climbers of all levels Novice, Expert or Premier to participate in this UK OPEN event at ARB Show 2022.

As this year’s competition is at the APF Show, we are not able to offer free entry to the Show, but if you register for the competition we can offer you 25% discount on the standard day ticket price.

Find out more about UK Open Climber Categories click here.

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UK 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 APF 2022 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.

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