sábado, 10 de abril de 2010

Climbing leaves them on a limb

Daniel Weise of Middlebury. Republican-American archive

Tree climbing might seem child's play to most, but the activity takes a serious turn this weekend when pros take to trunks and branches in tests of vertical acumen. About 25 modern day Paul Bunyans will scale trunks and trim limbs as part of the Connecticut Tree Climbing Competition Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Waterbury's Fulton Park. The competition spans five categories and sends its winner to regional competition. Last year's first-place winner, Daniel J. Weise of Middlebury, owner of Weise Choice Tree Services, went on to win the New England competition but came up short in nationals.He will be on hand to defend his title.Most competitors work as arborists or in the tree care and trimming industry. Men and women compete separately in events such as the belayed speed climb, 40 to 60 feet up, and throwline accuracy, which requires they secure lines in three specific areas of a tree.Calling the event athletic, intense and fun to watch, organizers encouraged spectators to attend the sixth annual competition held by the Connecticut Tree Protective Association. This is the first time the competition comes to Waterbury.

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