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Canadians Going to International Tree Climbing Championships

Sixty-one of the world’s best professional tree climbers from 17 countries will compete for the title of world champion at ISA’s International Tree Climbing Championships (ITCC) on March 21 and 22 at Rowlett Park in Tampa, Florida. 

Among them are 2014 Women’s National Tree Climbing Champion Krista Strating of Hamilton and Cody Menken of Limehouse, Ontario.

International Tree Climbing Championships

Presented by The Davey Tree Expert Company, the ITCC will kick off on Sat., March 21 with five preliminary events where male and female competitors will demonstrate to the public the skills required when working in trees.

Each event tests the ability to professionally and safely maneuver in a tree while efficiently performing work-related tree-care tasks.  The male and female competitors with the highest scores during the preliminary events move on to the Masters’ Challenge championship round, sponsored by Husqvarna, on Sun., March 22.

“This competition brings together the best arborists from around the globe to learn from one another about safer, more efficient techniques and equipment,” says ISA Executive Director Jim Skiera. “Tree climbing competitions also provide the opportunity for the public to better understand the skills it takes to professionally care for trees.”

Professional tree climbing competitions are held around the world. Winners of regional competitions are invited to compete at the ITCC. The events are free and open to the public. To help people learn more about tree care, an Arbor Fair will take place on Saturday andSunday, also at Rowlett Park. Family-friendly entertainment and educational activities including a tree climb are among the events the public can experience.