Chrissy’s the world’s best at climb­ing trees

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Mor­rinsville ar­borist Chrissy Spence won the women’s In­ter­na­tional Tree Climb­ing Cham­pi­onship in Texas re­cently, earn­ing her brag­ging rights among her peers.

Chrissy be­gan her climb­ing ca­reer on a whim when her brother-in-law had a va­cancy. Now 14 years later, with 10 cham­pi­onships and four wins un­der her belt, she thinks it was a smart choice.

“It’s demon­strat­ing our tech­nique and con­fi­dence in the trees,” she said.

Com­pe­ti­tions are done with minimal gear, un­like her day-to-day job which sees her car­ry­ing saws and other para­pher­na­lia into the trees.

The vic­tory earned Chrissy her air­fares and ac­com­mo­da­tion for next year’s com­pe­ti­tion. “It’s just brag­ging rights re­ally.” The com­pe­ti­tion had 64 pro­fes­sional tree climbers from 18 coun­tries com­pet­ing for the ti­tle of World Cham­pion.

World cham­pion tree climber Chrissy Spence.

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