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Rob Kruljac takes care of some pruning to make things ready for the competition.


Corey Shepard gets ready to test run the Work Climb tree during set-up.


Getting more trees ready for the competition.


Thank you to Arch Autenreith and Northwood Tree Care for their efforts in pruning the trees for the competition.


Volunteers review the work that still needs to get done prior to Saturday's event.


Rob Thigpen, Bert Kuhn, Rob Kruljac, and Mike Teti go over the plans.


Corey Shepard, Glenn Riggs, and Jeff Dice watch while Jim Roach (not pictured) runs the Work Climb during a test run of the event.


An in-tree discussion of the Work Climb event.


Gear inspection is underway.


Pete Ward works on getting his gear in order after inspection.


Rock N Arbor's John Morgan helps with the gear inspection.


Rope inspection covers every inch of climbing lines to ensure the safety of our competitors.


AJ Weinel of Omega Pacific and Rock N Arbor, was busy with gear inspections while John Morgan holds the clipboard.


It takes many volunteers, like Joe Faille, to make the competition happen.


Our very capable Head Tech, Mike Teti, was busy making sure that everyone was safe and the comp was a success.


Mick Stabile stops for a brief photo-op.


Bert Kuhn reviews the Aerial Rescue Event with the competitors during the safety walkthrough.


A competitor gets set at the top of the Work Climb tree where the In-Tree Tech, Rob Kruljac, reviews that event.


The most common injury for Work Climb judges is a sore neck.


Davey Tree Experts donated the use of their aerial lift to get the competitors into the Work Climb tree.


The Ascent Event volunteers are getting ready for competitors.


TC Mazar (@thearblife) is ready for the event to begin!


Aerial Rescue Event volunteers prepare for the start of the competition.


Just some of the prizes waiting to be claimed by the day's winners.


Thank you to ArborMaster Training, Shelter Tree Supply, RockNAarbor, and John B. Ward & Co. Tree Care Experts for donating all of the prizes.


There's nothing to see here.


Arboriculture celebrity, James Earhart came out to support the competition.


A competitor is being lowered after completing a run at the Ascent Event.


Grabbing a drink of water before the next event.


The Crane Man, Pete Nieves-Sosa, served as Head Judge for the Ascent Event.


It was a long day!!


The top competitors were announced to move on to the Master's Challenge.


Glenn Riggs (Competition Chair) discusses Master's Challenge rules with Rob Thigpen (Head Judge) and Jim Roach.


Master's Challenge judges, techs, and timers get a final briefing before the final event begins.


Arch Autenreith prepares to make his ascent into the Master's Challenge tree.

Derrick Martin plans his next move during the Master's Challenge.


Master's Challenge competitor, Aaron Feather, adjusts his climbing system.


Aaron scrambles out to the limbwalk station.


Jennifer Welk rings the bell during the Master's Challenge.


Katarina Deutsch tries to hit the target at the limb toss station during the Master's Challenge.


Andy Tomaskovic helps AJ Weinel hand out some of the event prizes that RockNArbor donated. 


Special thanks to Bob Crusan for being the emcee of our awards ceremony.


Women's Master's Challenge winner, Katarina Deutsch accepts her prizes and poses with the trophy.


Derrick Martin accepts his prizes for winning the Men's Master's Challenge.


Katarina and Derrick pose with the Penn-Del TCC trophy.