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20th annual Fleming Tree Climbing Competition


City of Kawartha Lakes ON – (April 10, 2018) – Fleming College Arboriculture students will take to the trees on Tuesday, April 24 for the Fleming Tree Climbing Competition.

Every year the Arboriculture students compete against each other in five time based events including Tree Rescue, Throw Line, Belayed Speed Climb, Secured Footlock and Work Climb.

Many of the students go on, each year, to compete at the provincial and national level with the International Society of Arboriculture’s Tree Climbing Championships. Through local community support as well as support through the arboriculture industry, prizes are awarded to the competitors with grand prizes for the Men’s and Women’s division champions. Many of the judges are past Fleming tree climbing competitors and current industry leaders.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come out and watch the events. Prize contributions are always welcome.

Event Details: Events begin at 9:30 a.m.

Tree Rescue
A climber must ascend a tree and rescue a geared up 200 lb ‘dummy’ in distress. The student rescuer must adhere to a set protocol based on a specified emergency. This is a time based event, points are awarded or deducted according to the protocol and emergency.

Throw Line Event
This event is timed and tests the contestant’s ability to accurately place a throw line and climbing line into the tree at heights between 12 and 20 metres.

Belayed Speed Climb Event
Each contestant is timed climbing up a tree from the ground to a height of approximately 15m where they will ring finishing bell.

Secured Footlock Event
The contestant must vertically ascend 13 metres in a tree by using the footlock technique. This is a timed event.

Work Climb Event
This event tests the contestant’s ability to quickly and efficiently move about in tree to perform various tasks.  At each station the contestant rings a bell. Bonus and penalty points are awarded based on safety, performance and competence.

Location: Fleming College’s Frost Campus (200 Albert St. S., Lindsay) at the Outdoor Education Center, west of the Heavy Equipment building. Rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18. 

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.


For more information, please contact:
Brian Saxon
Arboriculture and Urban Forestry
705 324-9144 ext. 3311


Joe Outram
Arboriculture and Urban Forestry
705 324-9144 ext. 3231