City hosts tree climbing competition in SE Albuquerque park

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Many people visited Hyder Park to check out the International Tree Climbing Championships.

The event brought over 80 competitors from different countries to the Duke City to show their skills, and show folks about professional arboriculture. 

Some of the activities demonstrate how arborists rescue someone who’s in a tree or is in an incident around a tree where they need medical care. 

“One of the ways that we show the public what arborist do for a living and why it’s important to have professionals care for your trees. It’s through events like this,” said Caitlyn Pollihan, CEO & executive director of the International Society of Arboriculture. “They actually walk through the entire scenario and are judged on how they communicate with the ground rescue with EMT’s and with people on the tree itself.” 

The event continues Sunday through 4 p.m.