Top Arborists Climb to New Heights

30 September 2009

Expect some great aerial antics as the best of the region's tree climbers head skyward at the Botanic Garden this Saturday (3 October).

The annual New Zealand Arboricultural Association Regional Tree Climbing Competition will feature up to 25 arborists scaling trees up to 20-metres high.

The arborists will compete across five disciplines - speed-climbing, work climbing, aerial rescue, foot locking (climbing up a static line using your feet) and throw-line (throwing a weighted line high into trees to secure your climbing line).

The top climbers (five male and five female) will compete in the national championship in Blenheim in November for the chance to represent New Zealand for the world title held in Chicago, next year.

It's not all serious though. There will also be a chance for children to try their hands at tree climbing between 10.00am and 2.00pm. The children will be under expert supervision and provided with harnesses to ensure their safety.

The competition will take place between 8.00am and 4.30pm and entry is free. To get there, come along to the West Entrance on Glenmore Street or follow the signs from Founders' Entrance.

Tree climbing is just one of the free events happening around the Capital this weekend as part of the Council's annual Spring Festival.