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Arizona Tree Climbing Championships

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Click here for PDFYoung is Winner of ACTC Annual Arizona Tree Climbing Championships

Young Climbs to the Top to Advance to Regionals

Andy Young 2011 TCC Champion PHOENIX, Arizona January 26, 2011 - Climbing to the top at the Annual Arizona Tree Climbing Competition was Andrew Young of Mesa, AZ and owner of Tree Amigos.

Young won the Master's Climb to secure his place as Arizona's best climber. His win secures his spot at this weekend's Western Chapter Tree Climbing Competition at Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif. on Saturday, January 30.

Dan Stevens of Living Tree Service and three-time ACTC Tree Climbing Champion, placed second in the Master's Climb and Johnnie Morales of Tree Doctors, Inc. placed third.

"It was a great day to be out there," said Conni Ingallina, executive director of the ACTC. "There were well over 100 spectators who came out to watch the day-long event." All who competed in the annual competition are professional tree climbers who prune trees, care for trees and save lives. ACTC's Tree Climbing Championships bring out the state's best and highly-skilled climbers."

"The day-long event helps educate the public and instills a respect for tree climbers and focuses on techniques and equipment to improve the work environment for all tree care professionals," adds ACTC Immediate Past President Louisa Ballard.

A total of 23 competitors came out for the Arizona Tree Climbing Competition, hosted by the Arizona Community Tree Council, climbed a mighty eucalyptus, a 100-foot giant in the Peart Park in Casa Grande, Arizona on January 15.

Following the Western Chapter Tree Climbing Competition, is international competition, which will be held in Sydney, Australia June 2011.

Results of the Annual Arizona Tree Climbing Competition on January 15, 2011 are as follows:

Master's Climb:
1. Andrew Young 2. Dan Stevens, 3. Johnnie Morales of the Arizona Department of Transportation

Aerial Rescue:
2. Jesse Sanchez of APS, 2. Dave Spilsbury of Tree Doctors, Inc., 3. Dan Stevens

Work Climb:
1. Dan Stevens, 2. Sal Hernandez of Sal Hernandez Tree Service, 3. Johnnie Morales

Belayed Speed Climb:
1. Dan Stevens, 2. Andrew Young, 3. Sal Hernandez

Secured Footlock:
1. Dan Stevens, 2. Sal Hernandez, 3. Andrew Young

Overall Ranking:
1. Dan Stevens, 2. Jesse Sanchez, 3. Andrew Young

Novice Climb:
1. Otoniel Diaz of Tree Doctors, Inc., 2. Jose Islas of Tree Doctors North, Inc. 3. Edgar Figueroa of DLC Resources.

About the Arizona Community Tree Council

The Arizona Community Tree Council, Inc. (ACTC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the care and planting of trees, and promotes the education and exchange of information about trees and the essential role they play in the well being of all Arizona communities. The Council is composed of representatives from individual Arizona counties, tribal communities, government agencies, professional organizations and other individuals who have a statewide interest in the Council's mission.