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Belgian Tree Climbers Competition for arborists

May 26th and 27th 2018

Zellaer Castle

Bonheiden

Free entrance

5 disciplines + 1

The Belgian Tree Climbing Competition for arborists (M/F) is a competition that will be running over two days.

The first day during the preselection’s, 56 participants have to take 5 challenges. Those preselection’s follow a rotation schedule, giving visitors the opportunity to watch any of these challenges at any given moment. Fans can also follow their favourite climber during a whole day.

The 5 challenges are simulations of the everyday practice of our arborists. Speedclimb, workclimb, rescue, throwline and ascent event, or for those who are not common with the profession these are completely incomprehensible names.

Those who will watch our treeclimbers for the first time, when they rush through the tree tops as full educated spider monkeys, will quickly understand they are built of genuine wood. If you would expect tree climbers are rough guys with barbed wire beards, you will be surprised when the ladies will climb with smooth class and elegance.

We also expect a large delegation of competitors from near and less near foreign countries. The fives bests, that will gain the highest score, will take the ultimate challenge on sunday in the masters challenge. If you think you have seen all on Saturday, you will soon discover on Sunday that Tarzan was in fact a lousy beginner.

DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME

Speedclimb

Running up that tree.

On the stem and the largest branches, blocks of wood are attached, thus forming a route up the tree.

The candidates have to climb up as fast as they can to the tree top. The fastest man/woman to ring the bell wins.

Workclimb

Moving fast and efficiently through the crown.

This exercise is a simulation of work in the tree tops. The candidates start up in the tree top. Here the candidate has to reach as fast and as efficiently as possible several bells at the very edge of the branches! If this would sound too easy, on one of the branches, a buzzer is attached, that will start buzzing when the branch bends too far.

But, branch? Branchlet you mean!

Throwline

Climbing is only part of the job; the rope has to get up before we can start.

In this challenge, the candidates have to throw a throwing bag with a thin line up in a tree, so they can pull their climbing line up.

Therefor a few points they can reach are marked. The higher the rope and the faster all is ready for climbing, the more points.

This is incredible high!

Rescue

In case of emergency.

Arborists must be able bring their mate down fast and very efficiently when something up in the tree goes wrong.

As arborists can only very rarely practice an aerial rescue in reality, only during trainings and in competition they can gather experience.

Time is main issue, because, if help would not be fast enough…

Footlock / Ascent event

Fast like an arrow into the tree.

Arborists not only have to work up in a tree, they have to get in fast and efficiently.

During previous editions, all climbers had to ring a bell at 15 meter with the same technic. A bit like we all learned at sport classes at school. Because several different technics are being used in daily practice now adays, this exercise got a completely new setup.

Candidates can now choose their own method to ascend. That will make it a little more spectacular as it already was. The Belgian record was set at 15 seconds for 15 meter in 2016.

What do you expect: will the record be broken?

Masters Climb

Just for the very bests

The five men and three woman that gained the highest scores in the preselections, will met each other in the Master’s challenge.

In a tree, but a really big enormous gigantic tree, bells are hanging. The candidates will get half an hour to look at the tree, set out their route, install their ropes and ring all the bells. Sounds impossible? Not when you are able to challenge the laws of gravity.

The candidates levitate from one side of the tree to the other, or they run over the branches at high speed. All according to the most stringent safety regulations. Not quite a task for newbies.

Children

The children will be able to do a kids climb. The kids will get the opportunity to explore a tree and feel how it’s like to be a real tree climber.

Just like a professional arborist, with a safety belt, helmet, ropes,… safely under guidance of experienced climbers. The kids climb is a great success every year, and an unforgettable experience.

Program

Saturday May 26 th

  •  8u30 – 18u pre selections
  • Starting at 10, the bar will be open
  • Sandwiches and snacks available starting at 11
  • 19u30 announcement of the Master climbers for the Sunday competition
  • 20u00 Diner for everybody (volunteers/climbers/visitors). Tickets available at the office on side, starting from Friday on
  • 21u30 party with life music

Sunday May 27 th

  • 9u – 15u Master event
  • Starting at 10, the bar will be open
  • Sandwiches and snacks available starting at 11
  • 16u – 17u30 Award ceremony and announcement of the winners

Catering

Bar

The bar will be opened starting at 10 o’clock. There will be different soda’s and alcoholics available, as well as water, coffee and tea…

Snacks

Starting at 11, all different kinds of snacks or sandwiches will be available

ParkingParking-BTCC

Bikes:  For cyclists, a separate bycicleparking, close to the entrance will be available

Cars: Who comes by car, can park close to the entrance of the estate.

 

 

LocationLocatie-BTCC

Zellaerdreef 1
2820 Bonheiden

Acces with a car is during the BTCC event only possible via Putsesteenweg,  straight in front of the Vredesteinlaan.

GPS: cross section Putsesteenweg with Vredesteinlaan – Bonheiden.

Zellaer Castle

On may 20th 2018, the community of Bonheiden and Kempens Landschap will open officially the parc around Zellaer Castle & the castle itself for the first time to the public with a castle fair.

One week later, on may 26th and 27th, we can organise here the Belgian Tree Climbing Competition as very first happening at these grounds.

Ever since the 13th century, this location holds a stronghold. The current castle was built as recently as 1885. However the castle looks like a mediaeval stronghold, it is in fact much younger. The castle is built in a neogothic style, typical for the romantic period. Noble families in the 19th century, very often withdrew from the world in their own, somewhat fairy tale like world, in castles that have been inspired by older strongholds. However, Zellaer castle has a drawbridge, battlements and embrasures, it was never a fortress, but just a mansion.

The grounds contain 18,5 ha. The past few months Kempisch Landschap has done some maintenance, so people can safely walk in the park and enjoy the nature, trees…. Come and visit us at May 20th, 26th or 27th 2018.

 

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