The first-ever North American Tree Climbing Championship (NATCC) was held in Forsyth Park Savannah, Ga. and co-hosted by the International Society of Arboriculture Southern Chapter and the Utility Arborist Association. Within the NATCC competition, the Southern Chapter TCC also held its annual competition. The local chapter was very gracious and greeted all of the visiting competitors with open arms.
Jared Abrojena of Antioch, Calif., who represented the Western Chapter, and Marilou Dussault of Ontario, Canada, who represented the Quebec Chapter, were the male and female winners of this inaugural event. Odis Sisk, of Gainesville, Ga. was the overall winner for the Southern Chapter.
This event was open to both men and women competitors that live and work within North America. A total of 69 contestants demonstrated their abilities in five preliminary events and were judged on time, safety and effectiveness to qualify as one of the top five scoring males and top three female contestants who earned the right to move on to the championship Masters Challenge round. Preliminary events included:
• Secured footlock climb
• Belayed speed climb
• Aerial rescue
• Work climb
• Throw line
Husqvarna was the lead sponsor for this inaugural event in hopes that its corporate support helps to develop the North American Tree Climbing industry. Furthering Husqvarna’s support of the industry, the Husqvarna North American office is sponsoring Jared Abrojena for 2011.
“Becoming integrated into the tree care community is essential for our business,” said Jim Parello, Husqvarna marketing manager, “We hope that by supporting climbers like Jared we can raise awareness of the industry and stress the importance of quality equipment out on the job.”