Mark Chisholm Wins 18th Straight Title at New Jersey Tree Climbing Competition
Arborist and STIHL spokesperson earns place in the International Tree Climbing Competition
Release Date: 6/29/2010
Anita Gambill (757) 486-9151
(NEWARK, New Jersey) - Mark Chisholm, one of the top tree care experts in the country, won his 18th straight title at the New Jersey Arborist’s Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) Tree Climbing Competition.
Chisholm competed against 22 participants and finished with an overall score of 184.67, taking first place in four events–the secured footlock, aerial rescue, workclimb, and belayed speed climb–out of five:
- Secured Footlock – Chisholm climbed to a height of 15 meters in 16.41 seconds using only two lines and his upper and lower body strength
- Aerial Rescue – Chisholm ascended a tree in a simulated rescue attempt of a distressed climber that was perched 35 to 40 feet above the ground
- Workclimb – Using a climbing harness and rope to move up and around the tree to ring a bell and perform a simulated work task at five designated stations, Chisholm scored the most points, 72.67.
- Belayed Speed Climb – The Belayed Speed Climb is a timed event that measures the ability of the contestant to climb a tree while using the branches and a fixed rope. The climber is on belay while ascending the set route to the top of the
tree. While belayed, Chisholm scaled a 70 foot tree in 47.59 seconds.
- Throw Line – Chisholm completed the challenge to earn 25 points, by installing throw lines and climbing ropes into set targets within the tree. (30 is the max)
With this win, Chisholm moves onto the ISA’s International Tree Climbing Championship, on July 24 and 25 at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. He has won the international title on two previous occasions. The event will be held in conjunction with the STIHL Tour des Trees, an annual cycling event to raise funds and awareness for the work of the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE) Fund.
“It is such an honor to be able to participate in the championship series,” said Chisholm. “Competing is a fun and exciting way to raise awareness about tree care. It is both a pleasure and a passion of mine to compete in the tree climbing competition, as well as educate the public on the importance of trees.”
Chisholm, who works as a professional arborist with the family-owned Aspen Tree Expert Company in New Jersey, has been a spokesperson for STIHL Inc. since 2001. STIHL manufactures the world’s largest selling brand of chain saws, which Chisholm uses professionally and personally.
Learn more about Chisholm’s work at http://www.treebuzz.com/.
About Mark Chisholm
One part acrobat, one part expert rope climber, one part tree physiologist, and several parts competitor and thrill seeker, Mark Chisholm is a third-generation arborist with his family-owned Aspen Tree Expert Company in New Jersey. His expertise in tree care has made him a sought after consultant and industry spokesperson for the world of arboriculture, and he regularly travels the globe to consult with international arborist associations.
Sponsored by STIHL, Chisholm has won every International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) New Jersey Chapter Tree Climbing Championship for the last 18 years and has conquered the wider tree-climbing world on two occasions, most recently in 2001, when he won his second ISA International Tree Climbing Championship. He will compete for the 2010 International Tree Climbing Champion title in July 2010. Chisholm currently holds the world record in the 50-foot secured footlock climbing event, with a time of 13.8 seconds.
About STIHL Inc.:
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America for homeowners and professional landscapers*, as well as the number one selling brand of chain saws in the world. STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast— not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name a local STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit the dealer locator on the STIHL Web site at www.stihlusa.com/.
*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2009 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.
STIHL is pleased to support the work of the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), National FFA, Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), and the National Association of State Park Directors.