UK climber in international contest

British champion takes on international arborists in world championships

The British Isles’ tree-climbing champion has failed to stop the world title holder from scooping his fifth consecutive win at the Tree Climbing World Championships. After taking first place in the UK and Ireland Tree Climbing Competition, Gavin Rodenhurst was in the international equivalent in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, last week. Rodenhurst has been a climbing arborist at Whitchurch-based Canopy Tree Care for four and a half years. This is the first time he has entered the international championships. He said: “I’ve been working at this for years. It was a fabulous experience with a really friendly atmosphere, I’ll definitely be entering again.” Despite not breaking German climber Bernd Strasser’s five-year winning streak, Rodenhurst did set a personal best of 21 seconds in the foot lock event. He narrowly missed a medal placing in the aerial rescue event, reaching a close fourth place. Rodenhurst finished 14th over all.

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