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Michigan Tree Climbing Championship


A larger than life event will rise high above Lansing next week.

The Michigan tree climbing championship will feature some of the state's top arborists "topping" some of the state's biggest oak trees.

Did you know there are actual pro-climbers topping the tallest trees?

"They're professional arborists, the guys trained with tree education to trim, climb and prune the trees," said Nancy Carpenter.

This year, their annual competition comes to mid-Michigan. @

"This is our first time at Potter Park Zoo...it's hard to find trees with good canopy," said Carpenter. 

"It's a good setting, I'm excited," said climber Jeff Theirbach.

Theirbach has been roping up and around trees for more than 35 years. He says competitions like this highlight the unique skills of arborists and what they do. 

"Everything we do is natural climbing, not evasive to the tree," said Theirbach.

During the competition, the professional climbers will have to tackle trees as tall as 100 feet.

"We're gonna do a little limb walking and just cruise through this tree," said Theirbach.

Climbers will be judged in the competition on five events, including safest aerial rescue and fastest climb.

The individual winners will then compete in the overall master's challenge with a trip to the international championship literally on the line.

"It's beautiful to walk on a limb, it's nature's biggest jungle gym," said Theirbach.

The competition will be on display for all to see Saturday, August 20. Learn more here.

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