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Tree climbing champs return to Griffith Park to defend their titles

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Griffith Park once again hosts the Western Chapter ISA Tree Climbing Championship for 2014. The West's top professional tree climbers will gather for the chance to compete in the International Tree Climbing Championship in Milwaukee. 

2013 champions Jacob Claassen and Jamilee Kempton will climb to protect their champion titles. Kempton and Santa Barbara native Claassen both competed in the 2014 North American Tree Climbing Championship held in Pasadena. Kempton placed third in the Women's Master Challenge.

California climber Chad Brey will also compete for the Western Chapter title. He edged out fellow climbers to win the 2014 NATCC. Come August, he'll head to Milwaukee for the 2014 ITCC.  

The championship includes such exotic events as Throwline and the Speed Climb Footlock. Check out the latter and you'll probably find Antioch arborist Jared Abrojena. He's a former World Tree Climbing Champion who's come within a tenth of a second of the world record for the fifty-foot footlock.


The championship takes place this Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15. Preliminary events start at 8:30am. Admission is free. Check out the the Western Chapter ISA's website for more info.

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