Kiwis top the International Tree Climbing Championship
Three New Zealanders have climbed their way to the top of the 2013 International Tree Climbing Championship in Toronto. Scott Forrest, Nick Ward-Allen and James Kilpatrick (pictured) each won top places at the championship, with both Forrest and Ward-Allen gaining the men’s and women’s World Champion title respectively.
In addition to the Championship title, Forrest received the 1st place in the Men’s ThrowLine, and Work Climb contests. Ward-Allen also received top place in Women’s Throwline, Head-to-Head Footlock – a timed 15-metre ascent up a free-hanging rope – Secured Footlock, and received the Chapter Team Award. Fitzpatrick received top place in Men’s Head-to-Head Footlock, Secured Footlock and received the Chapter Team Award.
New Zealand Arboricultural Association president Bruce MacDonald says it is great to repeat the team’s 2011 success and “shows our climbers are consistently among the best in the world”.