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Arborists hold tree climbing contest in Libertyville

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  • Jermy Dunivan of Infantree LLC, of Belleville, Ill., smiles after ringing the bell near the top of a tree while competing in the Belayed Speed Climb event Saturday during the Illinois Arborist Tree Climbing Championship held at Independence Grove near Libertyville.

       Jermy Dunivan of Infantree LLC, of Belleville, Ill., smiles after ringing the bell near the top of a tree while competing in the Belayed Speed Climb event Saturday during the Illinois Arborist Tree Climbing Championship held at Independence Grove near Libertyville.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Beau Nagan, who works at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, gets his equipment ready Saturday during the Illinois Arborist Tree Climbing Championship, held at Independence Grove near Libertyville.

       Beau Nagan, who works at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, gets his equipment ready Saturday during the Illinois Arborist Tree Climbing Championship, held at Independence Grove near Libertyville.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • James Jane, who works for The Care of Trees, carefully moves a mannequin while participating in the Aerial Rescue event Saturday during the Illinois Arborist Tree Climbing Championship, held at Independence Grove near Libertyville.

       James Jane, who works for The Care of Trees, carefully moves a mannequin while participating in the Aerial Rescue event Saturday during the Illinois Arborist Tree Climbing Championship, held at Independence Grove near Libertyville.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
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The Illinois Arborists Association held the Illinois Tree Climbing Championship Saturday at Independence Grove in Libertyville.

Tree climbing competitions simulate working conditions of arborists in the field. Competitors perform five different events during preliminary rounds to qualify for the championship.

Each event tests a competitor's ability to professionally and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner.

The purpose of the competition is to provide opportunities for working arborists to demonstrate and exchange new climbing techniques, increase the interaction between various firms and members in the industry, and provide positive public exposure for the profession.

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