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Open Masters Challenge, Sunday 18 April, 2010

Open Masters Challenge, Sunday 18 April, 2010

Matt Glen has organized another Open Masters Challenge in Cornwall Park, Greenlane, Auckland on Sunday 18 April. Previous Open Master's Challenge have proved very popular with Auckland and Waikato climbers. They provide a relaxed atmosphere in which to practice your tree climbing skills and learn about new techniques and equipment.

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 scoresheet here.

Open Masters Challenge
Sunday 18 April, 2010
1:00 pm start
Cornwall Park

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

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

OR Drew Bristow
Mobile: 021 738 696

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