North American Tree-Climbing Competition held in Hidden Falls

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Hidden Falls Regional Park hosted the North American Tree-Climbing Competition (NATCC) where some of the best tree climbers in the world showcased their skills in a competition that tests their athleticism, equipment and safe work practices.

The unique sporting event brings together arborists, a person who cultivates, manages, and studies trees and other perennial woody plants, to learn from and compete with each other.

The CEO of the International Society of Arboriculture Culture (ISA) told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the society, which has over 25,000 members internationally, hosts these events to showcase professional arboriculture practices.

The ISA also serves as a certification program and the competition increases the learning of arborist.

In addition to this competition, there is an Arbor Fair which hosts vendor booths for the public to enjoy. The ISA said the event runs from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7 at Hidden Falls Regional Park.

Taylor Hammel, the head technician for the competition shared in the press release, “I’m hoping that NATCC will increase awareness of our industry among the local community and help get climbers, who haven’t participated in a TCC yet, interested in competing.”