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JAMBO 2017

What: The world's largest (and most fun) tree climbing competition! 

When:  July 14, 15, and 16

Where: Indianapolis, IN


Competitor Team Registration

Volunteer Sign-Up


View last year's challenge breakdowns, rules, and scoresheets here



JAMBO 4 is sponsored by: 


JAMBO is's tree climbing competition - designed to be different from all other climbing competitions.


Our goal with Jambo is to create an approachable tree climbing competition centered around the principles of safety, innovation, communication, and the sharing of knowledge and new techniques. Tree climbing is always evolving, and Jambo strives to continually adapt to the ideas, needs, and culture of our industry. 


Together we can create a down to earth competition where climbers are encouraged to experiment and innovate, all while displaying their skills, techniques, and creativity. We want to showcase our contenders, the masters of our craft, doing what they do best - working. 


Last year's competition featured three different team-based challenges:

Worksite Challenge: A four person team competes to ring as many bells as possible in the shortest time, including new Chainsaw Bells that can only be rung with the team's one chainsaw. 


Rigging Challenge: Four person teams must choose the tools they'll use to demonstrate their rigging skills. They'll have to raise, lower, and move logs large and small.


King of the Canopy: The first true "versus" style climbing event, each five person team will have 15 minutes to place tokens in their game zones, then 15 minutes to retrieve tokens placed by the other team.



Congratulations to our previous Jambo champions:

Chris Coates - 2014

Chad Brey - 2015

Nick Markley - 2016


Jambo #2 - 2015 Videos:


  • Check out a video sneak peek of Jambo 2015 here.
  • See the award ceremony crowning the top five Jambo climbers here.
  • Watch 10th place finisher Gene Meurer climb Tree B here.
  • Get Dan Severino's take on Jambo and where tree climbing is going here.
  • Catch a glimpse of the Deep Water Tree Solo action here.
  • See Jambo 2015 Champion Chad Brey climb Tree D here.


Jambo #1 - 2014 Videos:


  • Follow Kevin Bingham on a competition climb here.
  • See the full climber experience here.
  • Watch Jambo's setup process here.