This Taiwanese guy wants to be the very best at tree climbing (which is an actual sport)


The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Lin Wei-ming (林韋銘), a member of the Taiwan Arboriculture Society, has a shot at becoming the world’s tree climbing champion.

He’s representing Taiwan for the second time in the International Tree Climbing Championships, which takes place July 28-30 at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.

On Friday and Saturday, a cheering crowd will watch as 60 of the world’s best male and female tree climbers pull themselves up the canopy.

But this isn’t kids’ stuff — there’s no finding footholds in the trunk here.

In competitive tree climbing, participants — called arborists — use ropes, locks and other equipment for the ascent. There are various categories, from the throwline event, where arborists toss a line up and over branches, to aerial rescue, which times competitors on how long they take to climb to and safely lower an injured climber.

On Sunday, the male and female with the highest score from the preliminaries will vie in the finals for the title of World Champion.

The contest is organized by the International Society of Arboriculture and is also a campaign to educate the public about the conservation and care of trees.

Good luck, Lin!

The China Post intern Mareth Chavez contributed to this report.