21st Annual Fleming College Tree Climbing Competition

City of Kawartha Lakes ON – (April 3, 2019) – Fleming College Arboriculture students will take to the trees on Tuesday, April 9 for the 21st annual 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 competitors with grand prizes for 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 event. Prize contributions are always welcome.

Event Details: Event begins 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 15 metres where they will ring the 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.

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 5,900 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 71,000 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