Saturday, in the park…you’re invited to the Tree Climbers’ Competition, held for the first time in Essex County Branch Brook Park, 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bet you didn’t know there was an official contest for tree climbing. Unfortunately, kids (who are welcome to watch), this is an adult-only activity.
Mark Chisholm (in photo), has held the title of New Jersey Champion Tree Climber for 17 years in a row. He’s the man to beat on Saturday, June 12, when arborists from all over New Jersey compete in the 26th annual tree climbing championship held by the state chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.
The aerial competition combines acrobatic agility, speed and technique. Tomorrow, 25 participants, both men and women, are expected to climb trees of heights up to 85-90 feet tall. The competitors are arborists at tree care companies throughout NJ, who spend most of their work day climbing trees.
Officials provided assurances that no trees will be harmed during this event! Saturday’s winners will represent New Jersey at the International Tree Climbing Competition in Chicago this summer…Who knew?