Tree climbers converge in Agassiz

Arborists show finesse in treetops in provincial competition

You may not know it, but there’s an art to climbing a tree.

And on Saturday, July 14, the best tree climbers will converge in Agassiz at the Research Centre for the BC Tree Climbing Championships.

Ryan Senechal, event coordinator, is expecting 30 competitors. While most of them will reign from communities across B.C. he said there could be some challengers from Washington and Oregon competing.

“This is not the tree climbing you remember from your childhood,” he said. “The

tree climbing competition simulates working conditions of arborists in the field.”

It takes a lot of finesse to move around treetops all day, and working aloft is common for arborists.

They use ropes and harnesses to safely perform skillful tasks, all in an effort to care for and maintain trees.

But on Saturday, they’ll be climbing for competition, and the event is open to the public.

Male and female competitors perform five different events during the preliminary round of the competition that demonstrate the difficulty of the tasks and the need for safety. Each event tests a competitor’s ability to professionally, and safely maneuver in a tree to care for

it with minimal impact to the health of the tree.

Preliminary events will be taking place from 8 a.m. until approximately 2 p.m. at which time the finals begin. The event is expected to wrap up at around 5 p.m.

Follow the signs at the Agassiz Research Centre.

news@ahobserver.com

 

Just Posted

WATCH: Today, we remember: community members visit Agassiz cenotaph on Remembrance Day

Royal Canadian Legion members, veterans, first responders, residents gather to pay their respects

Hope’s new brewery christened Mountainview Brewing Co.

Co-owners say the brewery, located at the old Hope Machine Shop, will open fall 2019

BC Ferries passengers wait to leave Vancouver Island after Remembrance Day

Traffic aboard BC Ferries slows after Remembrance Day long weekend

Community efforts raise money for service dog to help Agassiz boy stay calm, happy

Riley, a two-year-old Lhasa Apso-Chihuahua cross has made a huge difference in Chase Frayn’s life

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Letters shed light on state of mind of B.C. mom accused of daughter’s murder

Trial of South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone begins in BC Supreme Court

Vancouver man must pay $22,000 after breaking strata rules

Peter Gordon took his fight over his rented condo to the civil resolution tribunal, but lost

B.C. cheese linked to 5 E. coli cases

People are asked to throw out or return ‘Qualicum Spice’ cheese

Hockey legends come to B.C.

Greats including Bossy, Dionne, Hawerchuk, Howe, Lafleur and Parent at Langley Events Centre

Canada Post no longer guarantees delivery times amid more rotating strikes

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers closed two major processing centres in Ontario and B.C.

B.C. city councillor resigns as AutismBC director amid SOGI controversy

AutismBC president Gary Robins says Laurie Guerra’s resignation is effective Nov. 12

McGill students vote overwhelmingly to change Redmen team nickname

Student union held a referendum after a campaign by Indigenous students

Most Read