The annual Jamboree for Texas tree climbers is coming to Austin again next spring. If you haven’t been before you should come! Two action-packed, tree-climbing days will culminate to yield the 2012 Champion who’ll earn the right to represent our state/chapter in the international championships in Portland, Oregon next summer.
As of this writing, the site and dates have not yet been determined. We’ll likely be in Barton Springs or Zilker Park near the end of April to co-inside with Arbor Day.
The top five competitors from the preliminary round qualify to compete in the Master’s Challenge. An event that combines several of the preliminaries into one challenge. We pick the biggest tree in the park and challenge the climbers to reach 3 or 4 stations in the tree, complete the objectives, return safely to the ground and remove all their climbing equipment from the tree. The climber who shows the most innovation, safe climbing practices and smooth work flow will earn the Howser Cup and be declared the champion.
Here are some photos of the 2011 competition in Ft. Worth to tide you over: