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Two United States Competitors Crowned 2015 World Tree Climbing Champions

Jamilee Kempton from Waimanalo, Hawaii, took home the title of World Champion in the women's division in ISA's annual International Tree Climbing Championship.
Photo courtesy of ISA/David Graham

Tree Climbers James Earhart and Jamilee Kempton, both from the United States, earned World Championship titles at the International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) held March 21 and 22 in Tampa, Fla. This annual event held by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and presented by the Davey Tree Expert Co., brought together 58 professional tree climbers from 17 countries to compete for the title of World Champion.

"Every year, the International Tree Climbing Championships is our signature event for professional arborists to showcase their unmatched combination of skill and athleticism," says ISA President Mark Roberts. "As an organization, we couldn't be more proud of this year's event or of our two winners."

James Earhart of Hustle, Va., competed for his fifth time at internationals and earned his first championship. A climber from the US has not won the men's title since 2009. Earhart owns Arbor Care Complete Tree Service.

James Earhart of Hustle, Va., took home the title of World Champion in the men's division.
Photo courtesy of ISA/David Graham

The women's champion, Jamilee Kempton of Waimanalo, Hawaii competed in her third international championship. Not since 2004 has a female competitor from the US won the international title. Kempton works for Oahu Tree Works as a climber and crew leader.

Competitors competed in five separate preliminary qualifying events. The top three scorers were awarded medals and cash prizes. The top overall scorers (four men and three women) moved on to the Masters' Challenge Finals sponsored by Husqvarna. The male and female world champions receive cash prizes, chainsaws, champion belt buckles and plaques, and other prizes donated by event sponsors.

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