North American Tree Climbing Competition in Longmont

The best tree climbers in North America gathered in Thompson park in Longmont on September 19th and 20th, competing in the North American Tree Climbing Championship.

Forty-three competitive arborists, men and women, from across the United States and Canada were judged on speed, safety and accuracy in different contests that mirrored the work that they do in their professional lives, simulating cutting tree limbs.

The two day event culminated in a series of head to head speed races, almost 50 feet up an Ash tree by pushing on a double rope with their feet in an inchworm style climb.