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Arboriculture students to compete in the Annual Fleming Tree Climbing Competition


Fleming College Arboriculture students will be showing off their skills and training in the 14th Annual Fleming Tree Climbing Competition.

On April 10, 2012, at the Frost Campus, Arboriculture students will compete against each other in five events, which include Tree Rescue, Throw Line, Belayed Speed Climb, Secured Footlock, and Foot Climb. These events are based on those in the International Society of Arboriculture’s International Tree Climbing Competition.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and will run until 3 p.m. near the Outdoor Education Centre (west of the Centre for Heavy Equipment Technology) at the Frost Campus. All are welcome to come watch this event.

In the Tree Rescue event, a student will climb a tree to rescue a “climber” in distress; and in the Throw Line event, students will show their ability to accurately throw and place a throw line and climbing line in a tree. In the Belayed Speed Climb, contestants will climb a route from the ground to a bell about 15 metres in height, and in the Secured Footlock, students will use the footlock technique to vertically ascend 13 metres in a tree. The Work Climb will test contestants’ ability to move about in a tree while performing various tasks.

A men’s and women’s champion will be selected at the end of the day. In the past, many Fleming Arboriculture students have gone on to compete in the International Society of Arboriculture’s Ontario and International Tree Climbing Championships, which are held every year.


For more information:

For more information on this event, contact: Joe Outram 705 324-9144 ext. 3231 or Jim Deitch 705 324-9144 ext. 3222

Communications Officer: Leigh McEachran, leighm@flemingc.on.ca, 705-749-5530 ext. 1370