The ITCC was held August 2 and 3 in Milwaukee, and brought together professional tree climbers from 20 countries (57 competitors in all) to compete for the title of World Champion.
Scott Forrest of New Zealand won his third title as Men’s World Champion. 2014 was the seventh international competition for Forrest, who previously won the title in 2011 and 2013.
Women’s champion Josephine Hedger of the United Kingdom was competing for the sixth time. Hedger is also a three-time winner, having claimed the title in 2008 and 2010.
Climbers competed in five separate preliminary qualifying events in which the top three scorers were awarded medals and cash prizes. The top overall scorers (four men and three women) then moved on to the Masters’ Challenge Finals. Forrest and Hedger both received cash prizes, chain saws, champion belt buckles and plaques, as well as other prizes donated by event sponsors.