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Arborist seeks world tree-climbing crown

Tuesday, July 22, 2014by  Jon Osterberg

arborist Robert Bundy climbing treeOregon could be home to the world’s tree-climbing champion in two weeks.

What, you didn’t know people compete at climbing trees? Indeed they do.

And Robert Bundy, 37, of Milwaukie will travel to the other Milwaukee (in Wisconsin) to do exactly that Aug. 2-3 at the International Tree Climbing Championship. Bundy already won this year’s Pacific Northwest competition and took 12th at nationals in Pasadena, Calif., according to The Oregonian.

So, what does a tree climber do to become champion? Bundy, who’s a certified arborist, must score well at events like aerial rescue, belayed speed climb, traversing the canopy, and tossing limbs at targets. Learn more about the world championship.

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