I am pleased to announce that Certified Arborist Jorge Obando is the top tree climber in New York State. On June 18, Jorge was crowned New York State Tree Climbing Champion by the New York State Arborists, ISA Chapter. This is Jorge’s fourth win and the twelfth for a Birchcrest arborist.
Jorge didn’t actually receive a crown. Rather, he won climbing equipment worth more than $1,000 and a chance to match his skills against the top climbers from all over the world. In August, Jorge will represent the state ISA chapter at the Stihl International Tree Climbing Championship at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC. The international event will be held in conjunction with the International Society of Arboricluture (ISA) annual conference in the nation’s capital.
The daylong state championship was held on Long Island at the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. Jorge and the 24 other entrants had to compete in five events. Each involved one or more skills that climbers use every day in their work. At the end of the qualifying round, Jorge had one of the top three scores, which qualified him for the Masters Challenge.
The Masters Challenge combines all of the skills from the individual events in the qualifying round into a single climb. The person who scores the highest in the Masters Challenge is the champ. I’m so pleased that Jorge won for our region of the state. His two Masters Challenge competitors were from Albany and Carmel.
Congratulations, Jorge (second from the right in the photo) and good luck in Washington.