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Hamburg man wins Tree Climbing Championship

A long time hobby has helped Brian Krawczyk of Hamburg land a spot in the International Tree Climbing Championship. In early June, he claimed first place in the statewide competition, which was hosted by the International Society of Arboriculture’s New York State Chapter.

Krawczyk was among fifteen contestants from across the state to complete in events like the work climb and the belayed speed climb, among others.

This is not Krawczyk’s first title; he’s won three other championships before this year’s. In August, he will be competing to the international competition, being held in Toronto. He’s been climbing trees competitively since 2006 after leaving the hotel and restaurant industry, which he was a part of for ten years.

“I love the outdoors and I loved climbing trees as a kid,” he said.

This isn’t a typical sport that people just happen to take up and Krawczyk said he heard about this through the industry.

“You hear about it through the industry catalogs and magazines,” he said. “There’s a lot of talk about it through there.”

Krawczyk has placed in the top two for seven of the last eight years. He said that the first competition was a learning experience.

“When they announced the winners and it was me; I just couldn’t believe it,” Krawczyk said. “I was just overwhelmed. Never in a million years did I plan on that.”

He is a certified arborist in the Rochester area and doesn’t miss working in the hotel and restaurant industry.

Krawczyk is looking forward to the international competition.

“I’ll be representing New York State and I’m very excited for it,” he said.


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