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Open Masters Challenge, Saturday 22 May

Open Masters Challenge, Saturday 22 May

Matt Glen is busy organizing another Open Masters Challenge scheduled for Saturday 22 May, 2010. Previous Challenges have been on the Sunday but a change of day is being trialled for the May event.

The Open Masters tree is confirmed as the gum in the farmers field to the extreme left when you enter the park from Greenlane West - see Google Maps here. This gum was last used back in January.

A 20 meter SRT speed challenge is also planned for the day. If you are interested in moving into SRT this will be an opportunity to see the different options and configurations in action.

The Open Masters’ Challenge is based on the championship round in a Regional, National or International Tree Climbing competition where the top men and top women finishers from the preliminary rounds advance to the Masters’ Challenge to compete for the title. The TCC Masters’ Challenge is designed to judge the contestants’ overall productivity and tree climbing skills. Contestants are judged and scored on their knowledge and their ability to demonstrate mastery of different climbing techniques, use of equipment, poise in the tree, and safe working practices.

At the head timer’s signal, “Go,” a contestant enters the designated work area. The contestant must perform a pre-climb inspection of the tree, install any necessary climbing and/or belay equipment, and then enter the tree. The contestant proceeds to three or four work stations in the tree. In some situations, a fourth station may be added to increase the difficulty of the climb and provide additional opportunity for the judges to assess a contestant’s abilities.

At each station, the contestant must ring a bell before continuing to the next station. Two or three bells must be rung using a handsaw and one with a pole pruner hanging in the tree at that station. One of the stations is equipped with a plumb bob suspended from the limb. If a contestant puts too much weight on the limb, causing the plumb to drop and activate a buzzer, no points are earned for completing the task. A maximum time to complete the event is specified in advance. The climb is timed to assess overall productivity, but the Masters’ Challenge is not a speed event.

Download the Masters ITCC scoresheet here.

Open Masters Challenge
Saturday 22 May, 2010
1:00 pm start
Cornwall Park

Judges are needed for this event - contact Matt if you can help out.

Contact Matt Glen for more details:
Mobile: 021 079 4193

'Masters Challenge' information courtesy of the ISA

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