AMERICAN FORK -- On Saturday May 21, 2011, beginning at 9 a.m., incredible skill and agility will be demonstrated by Utah's best tree climbers at the Utah Community Forest Council/International Society of Arboriculture-Utah Chapter's 17th Annual Tree Climbing Championship at Robinson Park in American Fork, Utah.
The event will showcase talents of the state's best climbers as they compete for the title of Utah champion. Competitors will perform five climbs - Work Climb, Aerial Rescue, Belayed Speed Climb, Secured Foot Lock, and Throw Line. Each event tests a competitor's ability to quickly, professionally, and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks.
"The championship events simulate working conditions of professional tree climbers. Arborists from around the state can learn advanced techniques from each other and get a chance to see new and different equipment," said Mike Marett, Past President. "The championship is always a crowd pleaser. It brings the best of the best together to compete, share knowledge and experience."
Following the five climbing events the top three competitors with the highest scores will compete in the Masters Challenge, the final event of the day. The Masters Challenge champion will represent Utah at the 2011 International Tree Climb Competition on July 23-24 in Sydney, Australia.
For more information, call Mike Marett at (801) 971-0795, Lisa at (801) 446-8229 or visit the website at http://www.UtahUrbanForest.org.