Davey presents the 2010 International Tree Climbing Championship

CHICAGO - More than 50 men and women from around the globe will show off their arborist skills as they compete this weekend in the industry's annual elite event, the International Tree Climbing Championship, presented by Davey.

Competition kicks off Saturday at Daffodil Glade of The Morton Arboretum, located in nearby Lisle, Ill., with the masters' qualifying events, which include aerial rescue, secured footlock, work climb, belayed speed climb and throwline.

In addition, kids of all ages can "saddle up" and learn to climb trees like the pros during the recreational climb, held during the Arbor Fair on Saturday.

The exciting head-to-head footlock competition, followed by the Master's Challenge Championship, begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Jared Abrojena, representing the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, and Anja Erni of Switzerland are defending champions.

The Davey Tree Expert Company, with U.S. and Canadian operations in 45 states and five provinces, provides a variety of tree services, grounds maintenance, and consulting services for the residential, utility, commercial, and government markets. Founded in 1880, Davey is employee owned and has more than 7,000 employees.

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