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36th Annual Texas Tree Climbing Championship

Arborilogical Services competes and volunteers at 36th Annual Texas Tree Climbing Championship
The Masters' Challenge competitors check out the tree prior to beginning. Photo by Joe Lawton.

Published June 1, 2018 By JIM DOSSETT / IN THE SHADE


The ISA Texas chapter hosted its 36th annual Texas Tree Climbing Championship May 18-19 at a new location– Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie. Getzendaner is a beautiful park with huge bur oaks, pecans, red oaks, cedar elms, and even an occasional black walnut. Much like the competition it hosted, the park had a sampling of the best Texas has to offer.

Chapter volunteers arrived in Waxahachie on Tuesday to begin preparing the park for the competition–pruning the massive trees and setting up a challenging and exciting course to test the mettle of the state’s best climbers along with several out-of-state competitors. On Thursday, the chapter hosted a bilingual workshop on stationary rope climbing systems. Led by Phil Kelly and Carlos Rodriguez of North American Training Solutions, the class focused on how to get the most out of the latest techniques and devices to make the work of production arborists safer and more efficient.

To read more about the event and see the 2018 Winner's Chart, select the Download PDF under the picture above.

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In the Shade

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