Professional female tree climber from Hawaii sets new world record

Jamilee Kempton of Waimanalo and James Earhart of Hustle, Virginia, champion tree climbers (Photo courtesy Int'l Society of Arboriculture)

Jamilee Kempton from Waimanalo earned the 2015 Women’s World Championship title at the International Tree Climbing Championship recently held at Tampa, Florida.

The annual contest is managed by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and this year’s competition brought together 58 professional tree climbers from 17 countries.

As the women’s champion, Kempton set a new world record in the Women’s 15m Secured Footlock with a time of 20.16.67 seconds. This was her third international championship and not since 2004 has a female competitor from the U.S. won the international title.

Kempton works for Oahu Tree Works as a climber and crew leader.

James Earhart of Hustle, Virginia, won the Men’s World Championship.

To qualify for the international contest, regional competitions are held around the world by chapters and associate organizations of the ISA. Winners of those events earn the opportunity to represent their organization/country at the international event.

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