As you’d imagine, the visual nature of the sport brings in quite a crowd at various trade shows across both the UK and the rest of the world. Husqvarna regularly sponsors pole climbing events and this year like years previous we’ll be at the APF Exhibition in Warwickshire for the World Pole Climbing Championships. Husqvarna sponsors the pole climbing at the APF as we love to see some of the best climbers, from around the world, in action, many of whom work in our industry and use our products.
From our conversations at events over the years we know that many of the men and women involved in pole climbing are tree surgeons and work in arboriculture. Often fearless when it comes to working between branches, they’re trained to perform at their best at a height so naturally thrive in the competition. Others we’ve spoken to can work in ground care and landscape design. Whatever their occupation we’re pleased to see that climbers regularly look to Husqvarna for high performing products.
One of the greatest things about the sport is undoubtedly the sense of community it brings with it. Pole climbers come from all corners and meet up at events across the country to test themselves in a sport which they love.
If you are interested in keeping up with the sport you can head to popular forum ArbTalk which regularly discusses the topic and to get involved Terry Bennet is your man. Terry organises events and is always happy to hear from people passionate to get involved in events. Contact Terry on Terrypbennet@gmail.com.
In 2014 we did something quite special at the APF. To celebrate the World Pole Climbing Championships we had Olympic sprinter Harry Aikines-Aryeetey take on pole climber Grant Gallier in a very unique race. The Track vs. Tree challenge saw Harry sprint horizontally while Grant tore up the pole towards the sky. This was hosted by none other than Gold medallist and TV personality Iwan Thomas on a day in which pole climbing grabbed some headlines. Who do you think won?