Tree climbing competition held in western Michigan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
More than a dozen competitors took part in the Michigan Tree Climbing Championship.

Wayne Ellison competes in the belayed speed climb of the 2013 Michigan Tree Climbing Championship at Michigan State University's W.K. Kellogg Biological Station on April 26, 2014. (MI. Live)

HICKORY CORNERS, Mich. More than a dozen competitors took part in the Michigan Tree Climbing Championship.

The event was held Saturday at Michigan State University's W.K. Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners.

Participants were competing for the chance to earn a spot in the International Tree Climbing Championship. That event will be held in Milwaukee this summer.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports Jack Richardson of Ann Arbor and Charity Barnes of Dexter qualified for the international competition.

According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, the climbers were arborists, or people whose job it is to look after the health of trees.

The tasks they performed included moving between stations in the same tree, making a quick vertical ascent and rescuing another "injured" climber represented by a dummy.


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