Tree Climbing Competition 2005

SA’s First Tree Climbing Event in Cape Town.

Originally printed in Eikestadnuus 2005

Stellenbosch arborists wre well represented at South Africa’s first ever tree climbing competition held at Rondebosch Park in Cape Town recently.

The event was hosted by the Western Cape Arboricultural Association – a professional body dedicated to promoting professional tree health care. Climbers had to perform a variety of skills in record time to win. These included footlocking – ascending a fixed rope 14m high, throwline – throwing a weighted line over a target branch high in the tree, speedclimb - climber races to the top of the tree and then down, down stopping at various points and abseiling onto a target on the ground.


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Leon Visser of Trees Unlimited (Stellenbosch) won first place in a time of 5 minutes 44 seconds and a R1000 prize sponsored by ABSA. Matthew Priestly of Cape Town was second in a time of 5 minutes and 59 seconds and won a new climbing rope from Rope World. Charles Green of Trees SA (Stellenbosch) was third in a time of 6 minutes 25 seconds and won R300 cash.    The tree jamboree was so successful that plans are afoot to make it an annual event.

 A chainsaw speedcutting competition was also held and eagerly supported by about 10 operators. The winner, Elias from Trees SA, won a brand new chainsaw sponsored by Husqauvarna. Second place in the competition when to Leon Visser of Trees Unlimided.