Brian Krawczyk is, once again, the best tree climber in New York State. In early June, he journeyed to Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay on Long Island to compete in the New York State Arborists, ISA Chapter’s annual Tree Climbing Championship, and he won for the fourth time.
The first two wins for Brian came in 2006 and 2007. During the winter of 2008, however, he suffered near fatal injuries in a recreational ice climbing fall. The injuries to his back, pelvis, ribs and ankles were so extensive that doctors doubted whether Krawczyk would walk, let alone climb trees. After sitting out the 2008 championship, Brian came back and won the 2009 championship. In 2010 and 2011, he placed second to fellow Birchcrest climber Jorge Obando and in 2012, he was runnr-up to Birchcrest’s Jeremy Passinault.
Brian and the other 14 contestants had to compete in five challenge events to qualify for the Masters Challenge. The Masters Challenge consisted of a single climb, during which the climbers had to perform simulated work tasks.
For his win, Brian won a package of climbing equipment to use when he competes in the international Tree Climbing Championship, August 3 and 4, in Toronto.
Good luck in Toronto, Brian.