Sunday, October 2nd, at Coeur d’Alene’s City Park, the public will have the opportunity to see some aerial ballet as the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture holds a Tree Climbing Championship. Approximately thirty contestants from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia will be competing.
The tree climbing competition simulates working conditions of arborists in the field. On an average work day, climbing arborists work aloft in the trees using ropes and harnesses to safely perform skillful tasks to care for and maintain trees. Male and female competitors will perform five different events during the preliminary round of the competition that demonstrate the difficulty of the tasks and the need for safety. Each event tests a competitor's ability to professionally and safely maneuver in a tree to care for it with minimal impact to the health of the tree.
Events include: belayed speed climb, throwline, secured footlock, work climb, and aerial rescue. The winners of these climbs will qualify to compete in the Master’s Challenge climb as the last event of the day. The competition begins at 9:00 a.m. The Master’s Challenge will begin mid-afternoon. Winners of this regional competition will qualify for national and international competitions.
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is a nonprofit member-based organization supporting tree care research and education around the world. ISA also manages the consumer education web site, www.treesaregood.org and administers the only internationally-recognized certification program in the industry. For more information on ISA, Certified Arborists, and the International Tree Climbing Championship, visit www.isa-arbor.com.
City Park is the site of some of the city’s largest public trees. The public is invited to come to City Park to watch some of the most agile tree climbers in the Northwest contend in this exciting competition. For more information, contact Karen Haskew, Urban Forester, 208/769-2266.