Tree Climbing In The Queen City
Charlotte is often called the "Queen City". It's also known as the "City of Trees", but keeping our nearly 726,000 trees healthy is not an easy task. Today, local tree experts held a Master Tree Climbing Competition to demonstrate safe tree maintenance.
The competition teaches how to safely apply new methods to tree work.
Kevin Bingham, from Detroit, invented a tool to make tree climbing easier. He says, "When you're going up the line it doesn't do anything at all but when you're come down the line it almost acts like a parachute." He used the Singing Tree Rope Wrench during the competition.
Climber Brock Holtzclaw says this is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world and safety is his number one concern. He says, "It's really what the whole industry is focused on. It changes the gear that we use now."
Steve Ketner is the Chairman of the Charlotte Arborist Association. He says this is bigger than the Queen City, "Tree climbers are arborists from all over the world they come here to compete.
You may be wondering what all these tree climbers are competing for. Here's the loot right here. $1,000 dollars. In one dollar coins.
Emily Brent came to cheer on her inventor boyfriend, Kevin Bingham. She says there's nothing easy about tree climbing, "They make it look so easy builds it makes your core strength, your arm strength and everything and then you get up there and you're shaking because it's taken all your strength just to get up there."
Her support paid off. Bingham took first place.
For the 32nd year in a row, Charlotte has been designated "Tree City USA" by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
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