ITCC Equipment Specifications and Information


ISA monitors current industry best practices and works to ensure that ISA affiliated tree climbing competitions are following current standards and best practices regarding the safety of equipment and equipment systems used. If industry standards and equipment innovation direct for there to be changes in requirements, then the Rules Committee and the Operations Committee advises ISA regarding the necessary changes.

ITCC Gear Inspection Requirements

All competitors and all volunteers who will be working at height during a competition or its set-up must submit to an inspection of all equipment and equipment systems before entering an event safety zone.

ISA affiliated competitions are expected to implement a gear inspection process using the guidelines and inspection form established by ISA.

Mechanical devices approval list

Teufelberger glideHITCH prototype level 2 - intended use. In 2021, Teufelberger initiated the development and production of a 7075-aluminum pulley,
the glideHITCH. The product is in the process of being certified and should meet the following
standards.  Read on for more information.

Petzl Safety Warning for the ZIGZAG, ZIGZAG PLUS, and the ZILLION: Please see the safety warning listed here. Anyone owning the Petzl devices that are affected by these safety warnings must test their devices as described. Devices failing the described safety test procedure at ITCC gear check will be quarantined.

Gear inspection guidelines

For questions regarding gear inspection requirements email ITCC.

Approval of New Equipment and Techniques

ISA encourages the pre-approval of any new equipment, systems, or techniques that you wish to use at an ISA affiliated tree climbing competition.

Submissions for approval should be submitted through the online submission form.

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